UCSB Drops Non-Conference Match-Up to Cal Poly, 9-4

March 28, 2005

Final Stats

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - UCSB catcher Jack Pinkerton went 1-for-5 with two RBI as UC Santa Barbara lost 9-4 to Cal Poly in a non-conference baseball game between Big West Conference rivals Monday night in Baggett Stadium.

Sophomore starting pitcher Brian Tracy (1-3) allowed five runs, all earned, and four hits in 2 2/3 innings took the loss.

UCSB struck first as freshman second baseman Alden Carrithers hit an RBI-single up the middle to score junior first baseman Bill Rowe, who reached base on a Cal Poly throwing error.

Cal Poly center fielder Josh Lansford hit his second home run of the season and Cal Poly added two more runs in the third inning to erase the early 1-0 deficit as the Mustangs improved to 17-12 on the year. The Gauchos, who had a five-game winning streak snapped, fell to 14-12.

In the top of the fourth inning Santa Barbara cut into the four run lead as Rowe tripled to center field and then later scored on a fielding error by the Cal Poly third baseman.

The Gauchos would end up putting two more runs on the scoreboard, one run in the top of the fifth inning and another in the ninth inning.

Second baseman Carrithers, senior shortstop Chris Malec and freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem would all tally two hits a piece off the Cal Poly pitching staff.

Cal Poly has beaten UC Santa Barbara twice in three non-conference meetings this year. The two clubs play Big West games April 22-24 in Santa Barbara.

Mustang starting pitcher Bud Norris (2-0) allowed three runs, two earned, and seven hits in five innings for the win. He struck out four and walked one. Casey Fien, Evan Reed and Dennis LeDuc all pitched in relief -- LeDuc getting his first save of the year.

Cal Poly right fielder Matt Cooper hit a two-run double down the left-field line to score the final two runs of the third inning and the Mustangs added a run in the sixth on Lansford¹s sacrifice fly and broke the game open with three runs in the eighth. Kyle Blumenthal singled in two runs and Bret Berglund singled to drive in the other run.

UCSB opens Big West Conference play Friday, hosting Pacific for the first of three games at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Cal Poly will host Cal State Northridge on Friday night.