Gauchos Drop Big West Opener

Gauchos Drop Big West Opener

April 8, 2011

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cal Poly's Mason Radeke and Jeff Johnson combined to strike out 17 UC Santa Barbara batters on Friday in the opener of a three-game series as the Mustangs took the first game, 6-4, over the Gauchos.

It was UCSB's sixth loss in its past eight games as the Gauchos fall to 12-12 overall and 0-1 in the Big West. Cal Poly improves to 11-14, 3-1. The game is part of the Blue-Green Rivalry between the schools.

Radeke, who hails from Santa Barbara, struck out 13 Gauchos, one shy of his career-high. Johnson struck out four Gauchos in his two innings of work, including all three in the ninth to record his fourth save.

Radeke outdueled Jesse Meaux (2-3), who allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. However, his biggest downfall was the fact that Meaux tossed three wild pitches and hit three other batters. The senior from Glendale, Calif. has not gotten past the sixth inning in each of his last three starts.

After Cal Poly scored single runs in each of the first three innings, UCSB rallied in the fourth inning with three runs to tie it. Mark Haddow's single scored Brandon Trinkwon before Sean Williams and Haddow each scored on groundouts.

Unfortunately, Meaux couldn't hold the Mustangs in check. A run-scoring double and a sac fly gave Cal Poly a 6-3 lead in the top of the fifth. UCSB got one back in the fifth on Haddow's RBI single, but that was as close as the Gauchos got as they had just three hits the rest of the way.

Santa Barbara outhit Cal Poly 9-8 as Williams, Haddow, Ryan Palermo and Joe Wallace had two hits apiece.

UCSB and Cal Poly continues its Blue-Green Rivalry on Saturday and Sunday with games at 1 p.m. The games can be heard live on AM 1290 or online by clicking here. Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling (805) 893-UCSB.