April 17, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara used a 19-hit offensive attack to help it overcome some sloppy defensive play en route to a 15-9 non-conference win over visiting Westmont on Tuesday afternoon. The win was the Gauchos' fourth in a row, their longest streak of the season.
After the Warriors (5-32) scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first, UCSB (16-18) responded with three runs in the bottom half. Center fielder Chris Fox started things with the first of his three hits on the day as he singles to left field. After Fox stole second base, third baseman Patrick Rose walked. A fly out by first baseman Robbie Blauer moved Fox to third base. With catcher Matt Anderson at the plate, Rose stole second and on a wild throw by Westmont catcher Luke Montzingo, he moved to third and Fox trotted home with the first Santa Barbara run. Anderson then singled to left to plate Rose. Designated hitter Cody Dee's single moved Anderson to second and one out later he came home on a single by left fielder Brian Gump.
The Warriors overcame the Gauchos 3-1 lead in the top of the third when they scored five unearned runs off of starter Brian Tracy. UCSB committed a pair of errors in the inning, but the key blow was a two-run double to right center by left fielder David Stout.
The Gauchos responded with a six-run bottom half of the third. The inning included seven hits, including a two-run double by Gump and an RBI double by second baseman Matt Valaika. Valaika started a two-run Santa Barbara rally in the fifth with a leadoff single. The two runs gave UCSB an 11-6 lead, but the Warriors didn't quit, scoring three runs on five hits in the top of the sixth. In the inning, second baseman Phillip Valle and designated hitter Cody Chapman each had RBI singles.
UCSB scored the final four runs of the game in the bottom half of the sixth. Right fielder Mario Lewis was hit by a pitch to start the inning. He stole second and moved to third on another single by Gump. After Gump swiped second, Valaika continued his hot-hitting with a two-run run single to center. Terhune followed with another single, moving Valaika to third. Terhune moved over to third on a wild pitch. A single by Fox drove home Valaika and Terhune scored on a double-play by Blauer.
Despite allowing six runs (all unearned) on seven hits in 3.0 innings of work, Tracy (2-2) earned the win. Kyle Brown, Mike Ford and Justin Segal combined to pitch the final four innings. The trio allowed no runs, no hits, no walks and whiffed seven. The loss went to Westmont starter Kellen Skersies (0-7), but reliever Jonathan Sakoda hurled 3.0 innings of one-hit shutout ball to end the game.
Offensively, the Gauchos were paced by Fox, Dee, Gump and Valaika who each had three hits. Gumb and Valaika both had three RBI, while Fox had two. Two other UCSB players, Rose and Anderson, had a pair of hits and the latter had two RBI. The Warriors were led by Chapman who had four hits and three RBI.
UCSB returns to Big West play on Friday afternoon when it hosts UC Irvine in the first of a three-game series. The Gauchos and Anteaters will play at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and then at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Left handed Chuck Huggins (5-0) is slated to start the series-opener for Santa Barbara.