Gauchos Outlast Tigers, Win 3-1 And Avoid Sweep

May 16, 2004

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STOCKTON, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara avoided a series sweep at Billy Hebert Field on Sunday afternoon as the Gauchos took the finale over Pacific 3-1 and improved to 9-9 in Big West play. The Gauchos are now 32-19 overal and the Tigers are 20-30 and 5-13 in conference.

This game was an all out pitchers duel through the first four innings as Pacific starter Andy Willick (and UCSB hurler Steve Morlock allowed a combined three hits as the game moved into the fifth inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Gauchos scored on unearned run on a single by Chris Valaika, an error, and an RBI ground out by Matt Stevens.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the fifth as junior Jesse Kovacs reached on error to lead off the inning. Junior Ryan Amos sent Kovacs to third on a single, then senior Adam Ringer tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI ground out.

The Gauchos, however, reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth on a single by Greg Powers, a sacrifice and a two-out RBI single from Taylor Vogt.

The Tigers best chance to tie the game came in the eighth inning as Pacific loaded the bases with no outs on two infield singles and an error, but UCSB reliever Alex McRobbie struck out seniors Evan Bishop and Aaron Harper, then got junior Jordan Seiber to ground out to end the threat.

Morlock (7-4) got the win as he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings. Willick (5-7) took the loss, surrendering three runs on six hits in 8.2 innings.