April 26, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (19-23, 2-9 Big West) was able to get past the first of two aces Long Beach State (28-13, 8-3 Big West) has on Friday, but couldn't pull off the double-dip on Saturday, losing 11-3. Jered Weaver, a sophomore right hander, was able to shut down the Gaucho offense for eight innings while picking up his ninth win on the season.
Michael Martin (2-2) had an almost equally impressive performance for UCSB before running out of gas in the eighth inning. Martin lasted 7.1 innings, allowing six hits and six earned runs and striking out eight batters. The last two of those runs were credited to him after he had been relieved.
Long Beach State jumped out to the lead in the second inning, and it held on for the remainder of the game. With two outs, Chuck Sindlinger singled to left field, scoring two runners and giving the 49ers a 2-0 lead.
Santa Barbara responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. Matt Wilkerson hit a grounder that took a bad hop on the 49er shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, allowing Josh McCanne to score. The play was ruled a base hit because of the difficult hop, giving Wilkerson the two-out RBI.
LBSU twice hit solo home runs to increase their lead. Mike Hofius put one out in the fourth inning. John Bowker followed suit in the sixth. Both came off of Martin.
The 49ers scored six runs in the eighth inning and once more in the ninth to complete their scoring.
Weaver (9-3) surrendered five hits and three earned runs. He struck out six Gauchos without walking any.
Nate Sutton led all Gaucho hitters with two hits in four at bats.
Hofius finished his day 2-for-4 with four RBI. Todd Jennings was 2-for-5 with three RBI.
UCSB did not commit an error, the first time since April 11 at UC Riverside, breaking a streak of seven games with at least one error. It was the fourth game this season that the Gaucho defense has played error-free ball.
The three game series concludes on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. UC Santa Barbara will send Sean Thompson (5-4) to the mound. The Gauchos head out to face Cal State Northridge next weekend in Northridge, CA. The three game Big West series starts on Friday at 2:00 pm at Matador Field. Saturday and Sunday's games both start at 1:00 pm.