Baseball Defeats Northridge, 6-5, Looks For The Sweep On Sunday
March 29, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (15-13) used a four run fifth inning highlighted by a bases clearing triple by first basemen Josh McCanne as they defeated Cal State Northridge (6-26) for the second time in as many days. McCanne returned after missing 15 games with a torn hamstring and the senior leader did not miss a beat going 2-for-3 with four RBI and one runs scored.
"It was nice to be able to contribute on the field once again," commented McCanne on his return. "I was looking forward to that for a while."
Gabe Mann singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a single by outfielder Matt Stevens in the bottom of the third inning. Nate Sutton then sent a deep fly ball to right field scoring Mann and advancing Stevens to third. Matt Wilkerson was then hit by a pitch, and Nic Rodriguez walked to load the bases for McCanne. McCanne popped up in foul territory, however CSUN catcher misplayed the ball, giving McCanne a new life. McCanne made them pay as he tripled to centerfield plating all three UCSB baserunners and giving the Gauchos the lead for good, 6-4.
UCSB carried a one run lead into the top of the ninth inning, calling on closer Steve Morlock to shut the door. Morlock cruised to his sixth save of the season striking out one batter in the inning.
"Steve came in to the game and gave us what he he's been giving us all year," commented head coach Bob Brontsema on his freshman closer.
McCanne doubled, scoring Nic Rodriguez from second base giving the Gauchos an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. McCanne advanced to third on a fly ball by Chad Ziemendorf, and later scored on a ground out by Chris Malec.
The Matadors responded with two runs of their own in the top of the next inning. Brett Cayton singled, advanced to second on a hit batsman, and scored on a double by centerfielder Keith Bowman. With runners at second and third, Jesse Perez flied out to left field, tying the game, 2-2.
Eric Posthumus (2-2) picked up the victory; Kyle Jean (0-3) was credited with the loss for the Matadors.
The second win of the series sets up an opportunity for the Gauchos to earn their first series sweep of the season. They send junior Matt Vasquez to the mound against CSUN at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.