UCSB Scores Seven Runs in Seventh Inning, Defeats Northridge 8-4

April 29, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB (19-20, 5-6) posted seven runs on four hits in the seventh inning en route to an 8-4 victory over Cal State Northridge (18-22, 2-8) on Saturday in game two of a three-game conference series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Freshman Chris McMurray led all hitters with three hits on the day. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native batted three-for-four with two RBI and a run scored. Junior Robbie Blauer made good use of his only hit of the day, a three-run double down the left field line in the seven run seventh.

Gaucho left-hander Jeff Braun pitched six innings, surrendering two unearned runs and one walk while striking out two en route to a no decision. Junior Justin Segal pitched the final two and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on four hits while striking out one batter to earn his fifth win of the season.

Shortstop Scott Lyons led the Matadors offensively, batting two-for-five with two RBI and a run scored on the day. Matador starter Chuckie Fick lasted six innings, surrendering one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. CSUN then called upon Matt Gaylord, Bobby Paschal and Joe Rocchio for relief. Unfortunately for the Matadors, the three pitchers gave up seven runs (six earned) and failed to retire a batter. Kyle Jean came on to finish the last two innings for Northridge, giving up one hit while striking out a batter.

After four innings of shutout baseball, UCSB finally plated a run in the fifth. A leadoff double by junior Brian Lee got the ball rolling for the Gauchos. After a sacrifice bunt by Shane Carlson moved Lee to third, McMurray picked up his first hit of the day to plate Lee and give UCSB the 1-0 advantage.

UCSB self destructed in the sixth, allowing CSUN to take its first and only lead of the ballgame. The Matadors picked up two runs on no hits and two errors to steal a 2-1 lead. After a quick out, shortstop Chris Valaika made a throwing error after fielding a Lyons groundball that allowed Lyons to scamper to second base. Lyons would be handed another free ninety feet after a Braun wild pitch. A walk later, Lyons scored on a second wild pitch that moved the runner from first up to second. On the ensuing play, freshman Brian Gump dropped a fly ball in right field that allowed Raymond Ravago to score from second base and gave CSUN the 2-1 lead.

The Matadors would add two more runs in the top of the seventh before surrendering the seven runs in the bottom half of the frame. In the top of the inning, freshman Matt Wade replaced Braun on the hill for the Gauchos. After a leadoff walk, Wade retired Kris Kasarjian for the first out. Jonathan Sakurai followed with a base hit to put runners at first and second before Wade walked James Scott to load the bases. With the bases loaded and one out, UCSB went to the bullpen and summoned submariner Segal to close the door on the Northridge threat. Lyons promptly welcomed Segal with a two-run single into right field to extend the Matador lead to 4-1.

UCSB came unglued in the seventh, plating seven runs on four hits to take the eventual game-winning 8-4 lead. Gaylord replaced Fick on the hill for the Matadors to start the inning. After a leadoff walk and a McMurray single put runners at first and second, CSUN called for Paschal out of the Matador bullpen. Carrithers greeted Paschal with an RBI single to right field that put runners at the corners. A walk by pinch-hitter Austin Hogans loaded the bases for the Gauchos and brought up the always-dangerous Valaika. The Matadors brought in Rocchio to face Valaika, but after a long at-bat, he surrendered a walk and forced in a run. On the ensuing play, Blauer cleared the bases with a line drive double down the right field line to give UCSB the 6-4 advantage. After a walk to Matt Emerick, Jean took over on the hill for CSUN. With runners at first and second and nobody out, Jean hit pinch-hitter Patrick Rose to load the bases once again for UCSB. Two batters later, Carlson lined out to left field to plate the sixth Gaucho run of the inning. A passed ball by catcher Steve Lemmon pushed the runners up to second and third before a base hit by McMurray plated the eighth and final Gaucho run. In addition, Rose was gunned down to end the inning trying to score from second base on the play.

UCSB will look to earn its first series sweep when the Gauchos and Matadors conclude this three-game series at 1 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Junior Brian Tracy is slated to be on the mound for the Gauchos.