May 17, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UCSB (23-25, 8-10) issued fifteen free passes, walking thirteen batters and hitting two, en route to a 10-5 loss to No. 20 Pepperdine (38-18, 15-6 WCC) on Wednesday in non-conference action at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos had three two-hit performers on the day. Junior Brian Lee made the most noise, connecting for a solo home run in the sixth. The Chatsworth, Calif. native finished two-for-four with the home run, a run scored and two RBI. Junior first baseman Robbie Blauer also finished two-for-four on the day, connecting for a double, a run scored and an RBI. Junior Mario Lewis rounded out the two-for-four performers, tallying two RBI on the day.
UCSB used a staff day on the mound, sending six pitchers to the hill to complete the nine innings. No one pitcher threw more than two innings, with Junior Justin Aspegren and senior Andrew Schoneberger tossing a pair. Right-hander Bryan Fleming got the start, lasting one inning and surrendering two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Freshman Anthony Martin came on to deal the next inning and two-thirds, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks while punching out one batter. Fellow freshman Matt Wade pitched the ensuing inning and a third, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one. Aspegren then came on and dealt two scoreless innings of relief, striking out a batter. Freshman Clayton Edwards pitched one inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks and two hits batsmen. Schoneberger came on to record the final six outs for the Gauchos, surrendering a run on one hit and three walks while striking out two Pepperdine hitters.
Leadoff hitter Adrian Ortiz led the Waves offensively with a three-for-four day at the plate. The Bayamon, P.R. native finished with two walks and a run scored on the day. Mike Craig also connected for his first home run of the season for Pepperdine. Wave starter Barry Enright earned his twelfth win of the season, lasting five and two-thirds innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
Pepperdine struck early with two runs in the first. Ortiz led off the game with a double to left field before Danny Worth followed suit with a double of his own to plate Ortiz and give Pepperdine the early 1-0 advantage. After a groundout moved Worth to third, Nick Kliebert singled home the second run of the inning.
UCSB would answer back with one run in the second to cut the lead to 2-1. Blauer led things off with a double into the right centerfield gap. After Enright retired the next two batters, Lee connected for an RBI single to right field to put the Gauchos on the board.
The Waves refused to relinquish any momentum, posting three more runs in the top of the third. After a leadoff groundout, Chase D'Arnaud walked to get the tide moving for the Waves. Luke Salas followed with a bunt single that put runners at first and second. After a double steal moved both runners up ninety feet, Denny Duron grounded out to shortstop Chris Valaika to plate the first of three runs in the inning. On the ensuing play, Craig connected for his two-run shot that gave Pepperdine the 5-1 advantage.
After shutting down the Gaucho offense in the bottom of the third, the Waves were back at it again in the top of the fourth. Pepperdine would plate another three runs in the inning, all coming with two outs. Kleibert got the ball rolling with a walk. Donald Brown followed with a single back up the middle to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch by Wade moved the runners up ninety feet before a walk loaded the bases. On the ensuing play, Salas cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple into the right centerfield gap.
UCSB would get two runs back in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, freshman Matt Clark walked. A single by freshman Shane Carlson put runners at first and second before a groundout to first base pushed them up another ninety feet. Lewis then came up clutch for the Gauchos, singling home both runs with a line drive into right field.
Santa Barbara would get another run in the sixth when Lee homered to run the score to 8-4 in favor of Pepperdine. The Gauchos would also get a run in the seventh when Blauer delivered a single to knock in senior Matt Emerick, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Pepperdine would post a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to run the score to its eventual final of 10-5. The run in the eighth came on a bases loaded sacrifice fly off the bat of D'Arnaud. The ninth inning run would also cross on a sacrifice fly, this time off the bat of Kliebert when he flew out to right field to score Craig.
UCSB will play its final home series this weekend when it hosts UC Davis in a three-game non-conference series starting on Friday at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Sunday's game three will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring the seniors on the Gaucho squad.