May 19, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Matt Anderson belted a three-run home run in the first inning and six other UC Santa Barbara batters had RBIs to negate a grand slam from Michael Hernandez and secure a series victory for the Gauchos as they defeated UC Davis 11-8 in a non-conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gauchos have now taken the first two games of the series from the Aggies and improve to 23-26 overall. UC Davis drops to 21-30 with the loss.
Anderson's bomb came after center fielder Chris Fox led off with a walk and, following a sacrifice, a walk to first baseman Robbie Blauer. Following a strikeout by left fielder Mike Zuanich, Anderson clubbed his round-tripper.
The Gauchos scored two more runs in the second. Right fielder Mario Lewis began the inning with a single to left field and he scored on a double to left center by shortstop Shane Carlson. Third baseman Gunnar Terhune then sacrificed Carlson to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Fox, giving UCSB a 5-0 lead.
Hernandez's grand slam was his first home run of the season and helped lead the Aggies to a five-run second inning, which tied the game. Along with his season-high four RBIs, Hernandez finished the game with two hits and two runs scored.
After both teams were scoreless in the third, Santa Barbara piled-up three runs in the top of the fourth. With one out, Carlson and Terhune hit back-to-back singles. Fox walked to load the bases and second baseman Patrick Rose walked to force in a run, giving the Gauchos a 6-5 lead. Blauer smacked a sacrifice fly to score another run to give UCSB a 7-5 edge. Fox scampered home on a wild pitch, the final run of the inning, making the score 8-5.
The score remained 8-5 until the top of the sixth when Santa Barbara scored three more runs. With one out, Rose and Blauer hit consecutive singles with Rose moving to third. Zuanich followed with a line single to left, scoring Rose. After Anderson grounded out, moving the runners to second and third, catcher Chris McMurray drove a single to center, scoring a pair and giving UCSB an insurmountable 11-5 lead.
The Aggies scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and another in the bottom of the seventh, but both teams were scoreless over the final two innings.
Senior Justin Aspegren hurled 3.0 innings and allowed just two hits and a pair of runs to pick-up his first win of the season. Kyle Brown started and tossed 3.0 innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs. Brian Tracy went 2.0 innings and gave up just one earned run to hold the lead for Justin Segal who pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eight save of the season.
The hits by UCSB's Fox and Blauer extend lengthy hitting streaks. Fox has now hit in 21 consecutive games and Blauer has collected at least one hit in 18 straight.
UCSB and UC Davis will play the third game of their non-conference series on Sunday, May 20. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. and it will be the Gauchos' final road contest of the year.