April 22, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After a week that saw UC Santa Barbara (27-12) score 60 runs in four games, the Gauchos were shutout, 7-0 against Cal State Northridge (16-20) Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field. Ryan Juarez, Eric Bilings, and Paul Tremlin combined to limit the potent Gaucho offense to only four hits, as the Matadors beat UCSB for the first time in six games this season.
The first runs of Tuesday's contest came in the bottom of the third, as the Matadors took an early 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded and only one out, Billy Swanson's single to left field drove in Justin DeMarco and Matt Warr.
The Matadors struck again in the bottom of the fourth as Richard Cates advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and then scampered home on a Gaucho throwing error on the same play. At the end of four, Northridge held a 3-0 lead.
Gaucho starter Michael Martin was bounced from the game after surrendering consecutive singles to start the bottom of the seventh. Kyle Brown came on in relief, and after inducing a popup for the first out of the inning, allowed an RBI single to Matador designated hitter John Parham. With the bases loaded and two out, Jason Roenicke entered the game in hopes of getting out of the seventh inning jam. Roenicke walked in a run, before inducing Hannick to groundout to short to end the inning.
An RBI groundout and another bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth, gave the Matadors a 7-0 advantage.
Tremlin pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to secure the Northridge win.
Juarez (2-2) earned the win, allowing two hits in five innings of work.
Martin (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 6.1 innings.
The Gaucho four-game win streak was snapped with Tuesday's loss. Prior to Tuesday's meeting, the Gauchos held a perfect 5-0 record against the Matadors this season. Ironically, the last time Northridge lost more than five games to a single opponent came in 1990 against Cal Poly.
UCSB re-enters Big West Conference play when they resume action Friday, April 25 against Cal Poly. Friday's game one of the series begins at 6:00 p.m. at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo.