April 15, 2006
STOCKTON, Calif. -
UCSB (15-17, 2-4) avoided the sweep by demolishing Pacific (21-13, 3-3) by a count of 16-4 on Saturday in game three of a three-game series with the Tigers in Stockton, Calif.
Five Gauchos tallied multiple hits in the victory on Saturday. Junior shortstop Chris Valaika led all Gauchos with a two-for-four day at the plate, including his sixth home run of the season, two runs scored and five RBI. Senior Matt Emerick also connected for a homer in the game. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native finished two-for-four with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore Alden Carrithers batted two-for-five with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Freshmen Brian Gump and Shane Carlson round out the multi-hit Gaucho performers. Gump batted two-for-six with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. Carlson finished two-for-four with two runs scored on the afternoon.
Pacific found themselves behind from the first inning as two Tiger errors led to three unearned runs for UCSB.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers got on the board as senior John Devany, sophomore Brett Manning and freshman Alex Zanini put together three consecutive singles to make it a 4-1 contest.
The Gauchos, however, scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 9-4.
The Tigers responded with a bang off the bat of senior Matt Berezay in the bottom of the fifth inning. Senior Bob Saunders was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning. Sophomore Adam Ching followed with a single up the middle. One out later, Berezay launched his eighth home run of the season over the left-center field wall. Berezay's three-run home run, cut the Gauchos' lead to 9-4.
UCSB responded with six more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 15-4 lead.
Matt Wade (2-0) picked up the win for the Gauchos as he did not allow a run in three innings of relief.
Pacific junior Jake Wild suffered the loss for Pacific as he allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings. Wild dropped to 2-3 with the loss.
UCSB will be back in action on Tuesday when it visits Pepperdine for a non-conference game starting at 3 pm. UCSB will then travel to UC Irvine for a three-game conference series over the weekend. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6 pm start, Saturday's game for 6 pm and Sunday's finale is slated to start at 1 pm.