April 14, 2006
STOCKTON, Calif. -
Pacific freshman Joey Centanni retired 18 of the last 19 UCSB batters as he led the Tigers (21-12, 3-2) to 2-1 win over UC Santa Barbara (14-17, 1-4) with Pacific's first complete game of the season on Friday, Apr. 14.
Pitching and defense were the key to the game for the Tigers as UCSB threatened to take the lead right out of the box. UCSB leadoff hitter, Alden Carrithers, led off the game with a double down the right field line. Carrithers moved to third on a fly out. With one down, Chris Valaika hammered a one hopper to Pacific third baseman, senior Bob Saunders. Carrithers broke for the plate on contact, but Saunders made a perfect throw home to cut down Carrithers by a step.
UCSB, however, did score a run in the second inning on a one-out triple by Matt Emerick and an RBI grountout from Mario Lewis.
Pacific responded with its first run in the bottom of the second as sophomore Justin Baum launched a mammoth home run over the left field wall. Baum's home run was his seventh of the season and struck Stockton Arena, which sits beyond Stockton Ballpark.
From that point on, Centanni dominated the Gauchos. He allowed a two-out single in the third, then retired the next 18 batters he faced, before giving up a wind blown two-out single in the ninth inning.
Pacific backed up Centanni with the only run he needed in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Senior Anthony Jackson led off the inning with a high hopping infield single in front of the mound. One out later, senior Ramon Glasgow lifted a single to right field that sent Jackson to third. Senior John Devany delivered the game-winning run as he lofted a sacrifice fly to right field that brought home Jackson.
Centanni (3-1) allowed just one run on four hits as he tossed the first complete game of the season for Pacific. He needed just 95 pitches to earn the victory and did not walk a batter, while recording four strikeouts.
"I felt pretty strong the whole game, but it makes everythine a lot easier when your defense plays behind you the way we did today," said Centanni.
UC Santa Barbara's Justin Segal (3-2) suffered the loss as he allowed one run on three hits in two innings of relief.
Jackson was the only hitter for either team that finished with two hits.
The Tigers and Gauchos will conclude their three-game series on Saturday, Apr. 15 at 1 p.m. in Stockton Ballpark.