April 3, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Senior shortstop Chris Malec went 3-for-4 as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (15-14, 1-2) lost the rubber-match of a three-game Big West series to Pacific (14-16, 2-1) 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. In a strong effort, sophomore starting pitcher Andy Graham (4-2) picked-up his second loss of the season, tossing 6.2 innings allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out a season-high nine batters.
Pacific took a two-run lead early as third baseman Justin Baum hit a two-RBI single to center field in the top of the first inning.
The Gauchos cut the lead in half as the posted one run in the bottom of the sixth. Designated hitter Matt Aidem doubled down the right field line and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Aidem would complete his trip around the diamond as Pacific center fielder Ramon Glasgow dropped a fly ball hit by senior left fielder Matt Stevens.
That is as close as the Gauchos would get as the Tigers added four insurance runs in top of the ninth inning as UCSB committed two costly errors. Pacific second baseman Adam Ching put the nail in the coffin as he hit a three-run in home run off Santa Barbara relief pitcher Alex McRobbie.
Relief pitcher Loren Fraser pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run (unearned) while striking out two.
UOP starter Brett Manning (1-3) earned his first victory of the season as he tossed 6.0 innings, allowing five hits and one run (unearned). Reliever Matthew Pena pitched 3.0 scoreless innings.
UCSB returns to action this Tuesday as they host cross-town rival Westmont at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The game is slated for a 2:00 pm first pitch.