Gauchos Fall to No. 1 UC Irvine, 15-3

May 24, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara missed a chance to finish its season with 30 wins, falling to No. 1 UC Irvine 15-3 on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on the final day of the regular season.

The Gauchos, however, finished the 2009 season with one of its best two-year records under Head Coach Bob Brontsema. With a 29-22 overall record, UCSB's two-year total is 64 wins, just shy of the 68 wins the team achieved in 2000-01. The Gauchos finished the year with an 11-13 mark in the Big West.

Meanwhile UCI will host a Regional next week and its record stands at 43-13 overall and 22-2 in the Big West.

On Senior Day, UCSB said goodbye to its eight seniors - Shane Carlson, Steve Cook, Robby Cummings, John DeAlba, Brian Gump, Patrick McIntyre, Zach Samuels and Eric Oliver.

Samuels started on Sunday, but was roughed up, allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings.

The Anteaters struck for three runs in both the second and third innings, but UCSB drew it to 6-2 on Ryan Cavan's two-run homer in the third. It was the junior's second home run in as many days and his fourth of the year.

However UCI scored twice in the fourth to make it 8-2 and dash any hopes of a Gaucho comeback.

Clayton Edwards relieved Samuels and pitched well, blanking UCI over his three innings, allowing just two hits.

The Anteaters sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the eighth inning. UCI finished with 18 hits.

Cavan was the lone Gaucho to record a multi-hit day.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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