Gauchos Pick Up 8-7 Win Over Pacific in Game 2 of Series

April 14, 2007

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Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team won its second in a row against Pacific as it inched out an 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon in Big West action at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos have now won three of their last four contests.

UCSB improved to 14-18 overall and 3-2 in Big West play, while Pacific fell to 9-27-1 and remained winless in the conference at 0-5.

Cody Dee led the way for the Gauchos with three hits and a RBI while Patrick Rose had two hits and two RBI. Freshman Matt Valaika also chipped in with two hits.

The Gauchos got started early, notching three runs in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun by Mario Lewis and a two-run single by Rose. It was Lewis' third round-tripper in as many games.

The Tigers got on the board in the second inning as starting pitcher Jason Haar blasted a solo shot to right-center.

UCSB went up 7-1 with four runs in the fourth. Chris Fox and Dee each had RBI singles as the Gauchos pounded out four hits to go along with three Pacific errors.

The Tigers responded with three runs in the fifth and another three in the sixth to tie the game at seven apiece.

In UCSB's half of the sixth inning, Fox took a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Lewis, and then went to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk to Robbie Blauer, Mike Zuanich knocked in Fox with a single up the middle, which turned out to be the game-winner.

UCSB freshman starter Mike Ford went 5.2 innings, surrendering seven runs on nine hits. Matt Wade came on in relief, inheriting a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Despite giving up a two-run single, he was credited with his first win of the season. Kyle Brown pitched a perfect seventh and senior closer Justin Segal was outstanding, etching a two-inning save with four strikeouts. He retired all six batters he faced en route to his fifth save of the year.

Haar went 3.2 innings for the Tigers, allowing eight hits and seven runs. Jake Wild, Cole Akins, and Curtis Pasma went the rest of the way, allowing just one run collectively in 4.1 innings pitched. Wild (1-5) suffered the loss as he gave up the walk to Fox and the RBI single to Zuanich in the sixth.

Zach Chamberlin, Joe Oliveira, and Greg Murray all had two hits for Pacific. Chamberlin drove in three runs and Matt Fuson finished with a pair of RBI.

The two teams will square off one more time Sunday at 1 p.m., finishing off what has so far been a high scoring series. The Gauchos topped the Tigers 14-9 on Friday in the series opener.