April 1, 2008
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-7, 3-0) shutout the No. 11 Pepperdine Waves (17-9), backed by a spectacular pitching effort from senior Michael Martin. Martin (3-0) allowed only three hits in seven innings of scoreless baseball, striking out three and walking one, while the Gaucho offense provided the thump, scoring 14 runs on 18 hits.
The Gauchos added to their Big West Conference-leading home run total with three long balls on the day. The Gauchos 18 hit effort marked the fifteenth time in 26 games that they have recorded at least ten hits.
After shortstop Shane Carlson doubled in the second at-bat of the second inning, senior Patrick Rose doubled him home with a laser down the left field line, to put the Gauchos in front, 1-0. Freshman Mark Haddow made the most of his fourth start of the year, belting a home run deep over center field wall to give UCSB a 3-0 advantage.
The Gauchos broke the game wide open in the fourth, scoring eight runs on eight hits. UCSB would bat around in the inning, as Chris McMurray led off with a home run that barely sneaked inside the left field foul pole. McMurray's solo shot ran Waves starter Robert Dickmann (3-3) from the game. Patrick Rose and Haddow followed with singles to put runners on the corners with no outs. Chris Fox followed with a single down the left field line, scoring both Rose and Haddow to put the Gauchos in front, 7-0. Oliver shot a single through the left side in the ensuing at-bat, to drive in Gump. Mike Zuanich joined the hit parade, with an RBI single of his own, driving in Fox from third to give the Gauchos a 9-0 lead. With two on and two out, Chris McMurray stepped to the plate for his second at-bat of the inning. McMurray unloaded on a Doug Konoske offering, belting a ball high over the left field scoreboard for a three-run home run, his second long ball of the inning. McMurray's fourth homer of the year gave UCSB a 12-0 lead after four innings of play.
UCSB added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on two hits. Haddow added to his already impressive day, by singling down the right field line to plate Zuanich and McMurray. Haddow's two-RBI single gave him four RBI on the day.
After some first inning trouble, Martin settled down nicely. In his seven innings of work, Martin allowed only three hits, while striking out three. Tuesday's outing moved Martin to 3-0 on the year. The Red Bluff, Calif., native lowered his ERA to 3.09 in 32 innings of work.
The Gauchos win on Tuesday pushed their wining streak to seven in a row. The Gaucho pitching staff held the Waves to three hits, the second lowest total they've allowed this year.
McMurray was 2-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI. Haddow was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI as well. Fox added a pair of hits in three at-bats, with one run scored and two RBI. Zuanich was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Gauchos resume play Wednesday as they travel to Malibu to face Pepperdine at 3:00 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Tomorrow's game will have live stats, live video, and audio available at PepperdineSports.com.
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