May 23, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - USC banged out 16 hits en route to an 8-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara in non-conference baseball action Wednesday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Robbie Blauer had one of the Gauchos' four hits to up his hitting streak to 19 games heading into the final series of the regular season.
UCSB fell to 23-28 overall, while USC went back over the .500 mark with the victory, improving to 27-26. The Trojans defeated the Gauchos 7-5 on May 16 as well.
USC took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Matt Cusick led off the game with his first home run of the season, a crush job to right field. The Trojans added four more runs in the second frame as the first five batters to come to the plate reached base. A single by Darren Gemoll drove in a pair and Cusick followed with a run-scoring double. A groundout by Grant Green plated another run, giving the Trojans a 5-0 lead.
UCSB got on the board in the bottom of the third as designated hitter Steve Domecus drove a ball just over the left field fence for his third home run of the season.
The Trojans added single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to account for the 8-1 final score.
USC starting pitcher Anthony Vasquez threw six effective innings to improve to 4-6 on the year. He surrendered the one run on three hits while walking three and striking out four Gauchos.
Justin Aspegren, who picked up his first win of the season at UC Davis on May 19, suffered the loss and fell to 1-1. In two innings of work, Aspegren gave up five runs on six hits and struck out a pair of Trojan batters. Relievers Steve Morlock and Justin Segal combined for two scoreless innings and gave up one hit apiece over the eighth and ninth. Segal struck out two in the ninth inning.
Four different Gauchos had hits including Blauer, who doubled to right center in the sixth inning. He now owns the longest active hit streak on the team as Chris Fox, who entered the contest with a 22-game streak, went 0-for-4. Mario Lewis and Shane Carlson, along with Blauer and Domecus, also had hits in the game.
Cusick went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI as five Trojans had multiple hits. USC, which left 12 runners on base, had four doubles.
UCSB concludes its regular season this week as it plays host to Big West opponent Cal Poly May 25-27. Friday's game is a 2 p.m. start, while the first pitch for Saturday and Sunday is slated for 1 p.m. A total of 12 Gaucho seniors will be playing in their final career home game Sunday.