UCSB Steamrolls USC, 23-2
April 19, 2008
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (26-11) steamrolled University of Southern California (19-18), 23-2 Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. Backed by an impressive outing from redshirt freshman Mario Hollands, the Gaucho offense continued their season-long assault on opposing pitchers, scoring 23 runs on 19 hits in Saturday's shellacking.
The Trojans were actually the first to score, putting up a run in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Mike Roskopf grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Nick Buss to put the Trojans in front, 1-0. It would be the only run Hollands surrendered, as the freshman southpaw breezed through the USC lineup over the next five frames.
Hollands (4-2) earned his fourth win on the year, allowing only one run on nine hits in six solid innings of work. The El Cerrito, Calif., native struck out five and walked only three, lowering his ERA to 3.13.
The Gauchos offense caught fire in the top of the third inning, scoring five times on five hits. Gaucho third baseman Patrick Rose led off the inning with a single to right. After Steve Cook singled to center, Brian Gump came to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. Gump lined a double down the left field line, scoring Rose from third for the first Gaucho run of the game. Chris Fox added to the attack with a two-RBI single past second base. Catcher Chris McMurray followed in similar fashion capping the five-run third with a two-RBI single to right field.
UCSB struck again in the fifth, scoring a pair of runs to increase their lead to six, 7-1. With Oliver on first, Mike Zuanich launched a two-run home run over the left field wall, his 11th of the year. Zuanich's two-run jack was his sixth in the last six games. After hitting three bombs against Westmont on Tuesday, Zuanich added his fourth of the week in the fifth inning.
The Gauchos continued their magnificent day, scoring seven times in the top of the sixth. The sixth inning outburst was highlighted by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Rose. With the bases juiced, Rose ripped a double to left field, scoring Carlson, Zuanich, and Oliver, to increase the Gaucho lead to 11-1. With Gunnar Terhune on base, Cook launched a two-run homer to straightaway center field. After six, UCSB was comfortably ahead, 14-1.
As if the 13-run lead wasn't enough, the Gauchos tacked on nine more runs over the remaining three innings. The powerful Blue and Gold added five runs in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth.
The UCSB carousel continued in the seventh, as a total of 13 batters came to the plate. Three consecutive walks by Trojan reliever Danny Beck loaded the bases with one out. Chris McCaffery came on in relief of Beck, but couldn't stop the bleeding. McMurray greeted McCaffery with an RBI single through the left side, pushing the Gaucho lead to 15-1. Patrick Rose also walked in the following at-bat, scoring Zuanich from third. An RBI single from pinch-hitter John DeAlba, a fielder's choice RBI from pinch-hitter Robby Cummings, and an RBI single from Gump, extended the Gaucho advantage to 18 runs, 19-1.
Gaucho reliever Clayton Edwards came on in relief of Hollands, allowing the second Trojan run of the game in the bottom half of the seventh.
Every Gaucho started recorded at least one hit, and every batter to enter the game with the exception of two pinch-hitters, recorded at least one RBI.
Every Trojan pitcher to enter the game surrendered at least two earned runs. Six USC pitchers combined to walk 10 batters on the day.
Brad Boxberger (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.
The 23-run effort marked the second highest total for the Gauchos this season. On Tuesday, UCSB scored a remarkable 26 runs against cross-town rival Westmont College.
On the week, the Gauchos have scored an otherworldly 54 runs on 56 hits in three games. UCSB has now scored 307 runs on the season, an average of 8.3 a game.
Rose led the charge going 3-for-5, with four runs scored and four RBI. McMurray was 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. Gump was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI. DeAlba, playing for the first time in three weeks, was 2-for-2 with three RBI off the bench.
The Gauchos come home tomorrow to play the series finale against the Trojans at 1:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.