March 28, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After receiving a quality start from left-hander Mario Hollands, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team could not deliver a win the rest of the way as Cal State Northridge upended the No. 19 Gauchos, 9-4 at Matador Field on Saturday.
Hollands allowed three runs on six hits in six innings and left with the Gauchos leading 4-3. However, David Meals, who is the team's leader in saves, allowed six runs on as many hits in the final two innings as the Gauchos succumbed and fell to 14-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big West this season. CSUN improves to 10-14, 1-1.
Entering the game Meals had been nearly untouchable thus far this season, his first at UCSB after transferring from West Valley College. The right-hander had a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings spanning a team-high seven appearances.
Yet the Matadors' Justin DeMarco opened the eighth inning with a double and scored on C.J. Belanger's single to tie the game. Following a base hit and an out, Meals hit John Parham with a pitch to load the bases.
Ryan Pineda singled to left to drive in two more and after another out, Todd Eskelin belted a three-run homer to put CSUN comfortably ahead.
UCSB, which scored 21 runs on Friday, scored all of its runs in the second inning on Saturday.
A hit batter, a walk and an error allowed the Gauchos to load the bases in the second against CSUN Ryan Juarez. A wild pitch scored a run, and another hit batsman loaded the bases again. Gunnar Terhune's ground-rule double scored two runs and Brian Gump followed with a sacrifice fly.
That gave UCSB a 4-1 advantage and Hollands allowed just four hits and a run before being lifted.
The Gauchos and Matadors will conclude the three-game series today at Matador Field with All-American Mike Ford (3-1, 5.68 ERA) scheduled to start for UCSB.
UCSB returns home for a game on Tuesday vs. San Diego State and has a three-game series vs. Pacific next weekend at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
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In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009. Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been desiganated "Pink Week" games. The women's tennis match, slated for 11 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort.
"Pink Week" is part of UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.