Gauchos Win Thriller Over Cal Poly, 10-9

April 10, 2010

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Funny that in a game that saw 19 runs and 26 hits, it was a pitcher who stood out the most on Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.

UC Santa Barbara's Greg Davis pitched four superb innings - striking out the final four batters he faced - to help the Gauchos secure a thrilling 10-9 victory over Cal Poly in a Blue-Green Rivalry game. The junior allowed just one hit, to the first batter he faced, in four outstanding innings, striking out five without walking a batter to allow UCSB to come back and beat the Mustangs and snap a four-game losing skid.

Davis (1-0) was helped as UCSB scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the game and Sean Williams' two-out single in the ninth proved to be the game-winner for the Gauchos.

UCSB is now 13-12 overall and 1-1 in the Big West. Cal Poly is 10-20, 2-3.

The Gauchos took a quick 6-0 lead in the first inning as the first three batters all reached, loading the bases against Cal Poly starter D.J. Mauldin. Trevor Whyte singled in a run before Beck Wheeler and Mark Haddow each followed with run-scoring hits of their own, Wheeler's going for two runs. Ryan Tregoning added a two-run hit for the Gauchos' half-dozen runs to open the game.

However, UCSB starter Nick Capito, the reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week, wasn't able to sustain it. Capito, who became the first pitcher since James Garcia in 2001 to throw consecutive complete games, went just five innings, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits. The lefty allowed three doubles, three triples and a home run.

Luckily for the Gauchos, Davis was there for the rescue.

The junior from Huntington Beach came in to quell any further Mustang offense, allowing the Gauchos to rally from a 9-7 deficit.

Davis extended his scoreless innings streak to 10 innings over his past five outings. In that time Davis has struck out 12 hitters while allowing just four hits and no walks.

In the eighth inning, pinch hitter Brett Fick and leadoff hitter Gunnar Terhune each walked before Sean Williams reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Matt Valaika singled up the middle off Mark DeVincenzi to tie the game.

In the ninth, Williams singled up the middle with two out and runners on first and second for the game-winner. Davis shut the door by striking out the side - all swinging.

The Gauchos will conclude its series on Sunday at 11 a.m. in a game moved up two hours due to pending rain. The game can be heard on AM 1490 beginning at noon and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com.

As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). Currently the series is tied 7-7 after the Mustang softball team collected two points by winning both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB Saturday. Click here for more info.

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.

New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play duties with every Big West weekend series scheduled to air live on the radio and streaming live online. Click here for more information and a schedule of baseball games on the air!