April 15, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem came up big with a bases clearing triple as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (18-17) rallied late to defeat UCLA (7-23) 9-4 on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior starting pitcher Michael Martin (4-3) earned the victory by tossing 6.0 innings. He allowed seven hits only three earned runs. The game was played under official protest because of an interference call made in the top of the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, UCLA right fielder Anthony Norman put the Bruins ahead 1-0 with an RBI groundout to junior first baseman Bill Rowe. Center fielder Josh Roenicke gave UCLA a two-run lead with a double down the left field line, scoring Norman on the play.
In the top of the fourth inning the Gauchos cut the lead in half. Senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson singled to left field and was moved over to third base as junior first baseman Bill Rowe singled to center field. Junior left fielder C.J. Cook cashed in Wilkerson with a RBI-ground out.
In the the bottom of the fourth inning, UCLA made it a two-run affair once again as Roenicke hit a clutch two-out RBI-single to right center field.
The Gauchos took a 5-3 lead as the Gauchos posted four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Junior center fielder Matt Emerick singled to right field and then moved to second as UCLA starting pitcher Hector Ambriz balked. Senior catcher Matt Kalafatis walked. Freshman second baseman Alden Carrithers then hit a RBI-doubled down the left field line to score Emerick. Santa Barbara loaded the bases as senior third baseman David Figoni drew the second free pass of the inning. Freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem then cleared the bases with his second triple of the season.
The Bruins would make it 5-4 as they tallied one run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
UCSB added four insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with the help of a two-RBI single by Wilkerson.
Senior closer Alex McRobbie posted his eighth save of the season by hurling 2.0 scoreless innings.
Sophomore relief pitcher Justin Segal entered the game in the seventh inning and allowed one run (unearned).
UCLA starter Ambriz (2-4) lost his fourth game of the year by going 6.2 innings and allowing five hits and five earned runs.
The Gauchos and the Bruins finish the series back up in Santa Barbara. Tomorrow's is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm. Sunday's series finale is also slated to begin at 1:00 pm.