April 2, 2008
MALIBU, Calif. - Unable to carry momentum from Tuesday's impressive 14-0 home win over 11th-ranked Pepperdine into Wednesday's contest, UC Santa Barbara fell behind early and dropped a 14-3 non-conference decision to the host Waves at Eddie D. Field Stadium. Shortstop Chase d'Arnaud led the Pepperdine offensive attack, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The Waves (18-9, 1-1 WCC) responded to their worst defeat of the season in a big way, pounding out 14 hits after registering just three against the Gauchos (19-8, 3-0 Big West) on Tuesday. UCSB, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss, finished with six.
After getting shutout for the first time this season yesterday, Pepperdine got on the board in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday, scoring twice on two-out RBI singles from right fielder David Harris and d'Arnaud. The Waves added a run in the third to take a 3-0 lead after catcher Trent Diedrich led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a passed ball.
Pepperdine really opened it up in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring eight runs on five hits. Diedrich scored on d'Arnaud's RBI double, and Harris scored on a Gaucho error to push the Waves' lead to 5-0. d'Arnaud then came around to score on a balk and third baseman Bryce Mendonca hit a two-run single up the middle to extend Pepperdine's lead to 8-0. Mendonca later scored on a throwing error, Donald Brown came home on a wild pitch, and d'Arnaud was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap the scoring in the inning as the Waves took a commanding 11-0 cushion.
UCSB got on the board in the sixth inning, cutting the deficit to 11-2 on Mike Zuanich's two-run shot to left field following an Eric Oliver single. It was his team-leading fourth home run of the season.
Pepperdine answered right back with a two-run homer of its own in the sixth off the bat of Denny Duron to take and 11-run advantage once again and Torrey Jacoby's pinch-hit single in the seventh pushed the Wave's lead to 14-2.
Shane Carlson roped a solo homer to left for Santa Barbara in the top of the eighth to make it a 14-3 game. The shortstop also has four home runs for the season.
Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings of work, but did not factor in the decision as Jordan Durrance picked up the win in relief. Durrance tossed one inning, allowing two runs on three hits.
Starter Greg Davis lasted four and two thirds for UCSB, allowing seven runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking two. Five Gaucho relievers combined to allow seven runs on six hits in three and a third innings after Davis was chased in the fifth.
Carlson led Santa Barbara offensively, finishing with a pair of hits.
The Gauchos will look to bounce back when they resume Big West play this weekend at Pacific. UCSB opens its three-game series with the Tigers Friday at 6:00 p.m.