Six-Run First Inning Propels UC Irvine to 12-3 Win Over UCSB
May 21, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Senior designated hitter David Figoni went 2-for-3 with a RBI and sophomore pitcher Brian Tracy came out of the bullpen to hurl 6.0 innings of solid relief as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (23-29, 5-11) was defeated by UC Irvine (29-23, 8-9), 12-3, in a Big West Conference match-up on Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Anteaters scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning that began with a controversial interference call. UCI second baseman Brett Dalton led off the game with and infield single to third base. Right fielder Danny Miramontes, batting second in the inning, struck out and interfered with UCSB catcher Matt Kalafatis as Dalton was trying to steal second on the pitch. Home plate umpire Tim Bennett called batter interference on the play, yet allowed Dalton to return to first base. According the NCAA Division-I baseball rulebook, the player that interfered with the play is called out as well as the player attempting to steal the base. Which means if the batter interference call wall was correctly made, the bottom of the first inning would have been over. After the play, the Anteaters went on to score six runs off junior starting pitcher Michael Martin (5-7).
Martin would pick-up the loss as he allowed 11 hits and 11 runs (seven earned) in 3.0 innings of work.
UC Irvine would tally two more runs in the top of the third inning and jump out to an 8-0 lead.
The Gauchos would get two back in the bottom of the third inning as Figoni would double to the left center field gap and score Kalafatis, who began the inning with a walk. Freshman third baseman Matt Aidem would then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to cash in junior center fielder Matt Emerick.
UC Irvine would put across four more runs before Tracy was called upon to relieve Martin in the top of the fourth inning. In relief, Tracy pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four hits and one run (earned) while striking out four.
Santa Barbara picked up one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson led off the inning with a double down the left line. He later scored on a RBI groundout by senior shortstop Chris Malec.
UCI starter Steven Schroer (6-5) earned the victory by pitching 7.0 innings, giving up only seven hits and three runs (all earned).
UCSB wraps up its final home series of the season with tomorrow's rubber match with UC Irvine. The first pitch is slated for 1:00 pm.