No. 12 Cal Poly Uses Six-Run Sixth Inning to Defeat Gauchos, 15-7

April 26, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 12 Cal Poly erupted for six runs in the sixth inning on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium and defeated UC Santa Barbara, 15-7, to win the final two games of the weekend series.

The Gauchos (23-14, 6-6 in the Big West) tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning only to watch the Mustangs (29-10, 10-5) score a half-dozen runs, all with two outs.

After a hit batter and a walk followed a single to load the bases, Matt Jensen turned an 0-2 count into a walk, forcing in a run. Pinch-hitter Adam Melker then laced a two-run single to center field before the bullpen telephone rang for Patrick McIntyre.

D.J. Gentile greeted McIntyre with a three-run homer and Cal Poly cruised the remainder of the game.

UCSB scored twice in the first inning on Eric Oliver's single and Matt Valaika's sacrifice fly, taking a 2-1 lead. However, the Mustangs scored twice in the third and three times in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.

John DeAlba started a rally with a one out walk before Shane Carlson singled. Steve Cook, who led the Gauchos with two hits, then hit a two-out, run-scoring single to center to put runners on the corners.

With Gunnar Terhune at the plate, Cook took off for second, but no Cal Poly player covered the base and catcher Justin Hensley's throw skipped into centerfield, scoring Carlson and putting Cook at third. Terhune beat out an infield single and all of a sudden it was 6-5.

Valaika then blasted a solo homer to left in the fifth to tie the game before Cal Poly took control.

UCSB will host Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Gauchos are 3-0 vs. the Roadrunners this season, outscoring Bakersfield 35-9 in those games.

Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, stopping by the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking here.

UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce the Group Strength ticketing program. In an effort to provide an alternative to higher cost events, groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets to UCSB Athletic events at significantly discounted prices.

The general admission tickets - available for all ticketed UCSB Athletic events this Spring - will start at just $1 for youth and $3 dollars for adults. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance by calling the UCSB ticket office at 893-3292 or by clicking here..

Getting to UCSB baseball games is easy! From Highway 217, veer right at Steck Circle onto Mesa Road, and take a left onto Stadium Road. Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is on your left, and you can park at Lot 30 which is right outside the stadium. There are two kiosks that accept cash and credit card to pay for parking. Click here for maps and general directions.