May 5, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. - Patrick Rose went 3-for-4 including a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning that proved to be the difference as UC Santa Barbara held on to defeat No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 11-9 Saturday night at Goodwin Field. Eight out of nine starters recorded at least one hit and UCSB belted a total of 15 on the way to its highest run total since April 27th.
With the win the Gauchos improve to 20-22 overall and 8-6 in the Big West, while the Titans fall to 28-17 (8-6). The two squads are tied for fourth place in the conference standings one game behind Cal Poly is the loss column. Saturday's victory was UCSB's fifth this season against a ranked opponent.
In addition to Rose's three-hit performance, freshmen Cody Dee and Shane Carlson each went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while second baseman and fellow rookie Matt Valaika finished just 1-for-5 but drove in three and scored twice. Sophomore Catcher Chris McMurray went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run and Mike Zuanich hit his fourth home run of the season to lead the Gauchos.
For the second day in a row the Titans got things going early and jumped all over Santa Barbara starter Mike Ford with four runs in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Clark Hardman had the first three straight singles to lead off the inning for the 1-0 lead, before two more Fullerton runners came home on back-to-back walks and a hit batter with the bases loaded.
UCSB came right back in the top of the second after Valaika hit his fourth homer of the year over the fence in left center field with a runner on first to cut into the Titan lead, 5-2.
The Gauchos then took the lead for good with five runs in the fifth on six hits off CSF starting pitcher Jeff Kaplan and reliever Justin Klipp. Rose singled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a Dee single to center field with the bases loaded. McMurray followed with a double to right that scored two more, prompting Titan head coach George Horton to make a call to his bullpen. Klipp was unable to stem the tide as an error by the shortstop led to another Santa Barbara run and McMurray came around to score on a single to center by Carlson capping off the inning and the 7-2 Gaucho lead.
Santa Barbara tacked on another run to take an 8-2 advantage an inning later when Zuanich homered to left center with one out. It was the junior left fielder's fourth round tripper this season.
Cal State Fullerton answered with three runs in their half of the sixth highlighted by a two run single form left fielder Josh Fellhauer off Ford, to cut the deficit to just one at 8-7.
Fellhauer came through again his next time up with a single to center field for a run as the Titans tied the score at eight heading into the ninth.
With one out and the bases loaded center fielder Chris Fox drew a walk for UCSB's ninth run and Rose followed with a double to right field driving in two more and giving the Gauchos an 11-8 lead.
The Titans got a run back in the bottom of the ninth off Gaucho closer Justin Segal, but senior right hander Steve Morlock came on to record the final out and Santa Barbara held on for the 11-9 victory.
Segal picked up the win for the Gauchos, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings of work. He now has a record of 2-3 this season. Ford last six innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits with striking out six and walking three. Left-handed reliever Kyle Brown pitched a scoreless two thirds of an inning in the seventh.
Right-hander Bryan Harris took the loss for the Titans after replacing Klipp in the eighth. He allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of relief. The starter Kaplan allowed seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks in four innings.
UCSB will wrap up its three game series with Cal State Fullerton Sunday at 1:00 p.m.