April 14, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the tenth time in its last 14 games, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team scored in double digits en route to its 16-4 victory over Westmont College Wednesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. UCSB improves to a season-high eleven games over five-hundred at 23-12 and has now won 12 of its last 14 games.
The Gauchos scored in every inning but the seventh and tallied 15 hits in their second win over the Warriors this season. Junior Eric Posthumus (1-0) had his best outing of the year and picked up his first win with six strong innings for UCSB. The right-hander shutout Westmont on just three hits while striking out seven. The outing lowered Posthumus' ERA over seven points to 6.35.
Senior designated hitter Taylor Vogt paced the Gaucho offense by launching his eighth home run of the year with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. The grand slam was the second of his career and raised his RBI total to 33, which is now a career high. Vogt finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and tied a season-high with five RBI.
Head Coach Bob Brontsema used 14 different position players and received at least one hit from ten of them. Third baseman David Figoni, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth, finished 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Hot-hitting freshman Chris Valaika increased his batting average to .336 with another 2-for-4 day at the plate. Right fielder Matt Wilkerson pounded out two RBI sacrifice flies before leaving the game in the fifth. Sophomore outfielder Chris Caraballo, who took over for Vogt as the designated hitter in the sixth, went 2-for-2 including his first triple of the year.
On the mound, right-hander Alex McRobbie and southpaw Ivan Ramirez combined to relieve Posthumus and hold the Warriors hitless through the eighth. Gaucho closer Aaron Jones, who entered the game in an obvious non-save situation, was touched for four runs on four hits as he closed out the ninth.
Westmont catcher Dominick Paluso accounted for two of the Warriors runs when he launched a two-run home run to left-center off Jones.
Westmont falls to 7-30 in the loss.
In the win, UCSB surpassed its run output from 2003 as the Gauchos scored their 302nd run of the season. Last year, UCSB finished with 293 runs scored. UCSB also passed last year's total of 261 RBI today as the Gauchos racked up 13 more, bring their 2004 total to 269. Santa Barbara also continued collecting bases on balls at a torrid pace with six more free passes. The team's 187 walks is already 20 more than the 2003 Gauchos had.