March 5, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB (4-7) is coming off an 8-6 eleven-inning victory over Kansas State in game three of the Lamar Classic this past weekend, and will look to make it two straight as they host No. 12 Pepperdine (13-4) in a mid-week game on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Despite plating four runs in the final three innings of play, UCSB fell 7-5 to Lamar on Friday in the Gauchos' first game of the three-day Lamar Classic that was played at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont, Tex.
In Saturday's game two, UCSB connected for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally fell short as the Gauchos lost game two of the Lamar Classic 9-6 to St. John's on Saturday. For the second straight day, senior Matt Anderson led the Gauchos offensively in terms of average on Saturday. This time, the Cameron Park, Calif. native batted four-for-five with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. In addition, Anderson's four hits were the most he has collected as a Gaucho, one-upping his three-hit performance against Dartmouth on Mar. 16 of last year.
The Gauchos ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Kansas State 8-6 in eleven innings on Sunday at the Lamar Classic, thanks in large part to another outstanding performance at the plate by senior Robbie Blauer. Blauer finished four-for-six with a double, two runs scored, an eventual game-winning homerun (his first of the year) in the top of the eleventh and five RBI. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native has now hit safely in all eleven games this season, and carries a twelve-game hitting streak into this week of play.
After being no-hit in Saturday's game against St. John's, junior Chris Fox was back to his normal ways, batting two-for-four with a double, a hit-by-pitch, a walk and two runs scored on Sunday. Senior Mario Lewis also tallied two hits on the day, finishing two-for-four with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. After an outstanding first two games of the Lamar Classic, Anderson capped the three-day tournament with a homerun in his first at bat against the Wildcats. For Anderson, the homer was his first of the season.
Pepperdine is coming off a 2-1 performance at the Keith LeClair Classic this past weekend. The Waves lost game one of the three-day tournament by a count of 5-4 on Friday. On Saturday, junior right fielder Donald Brown's home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and helped Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina.
Junior shortstop Danny Worth had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice, while freshman Trent Diedrich singled home the winning run in the eighth inning to lead the Waves to a 5-2 victory over No. 24 North Carolina State on Sunday during the final day of the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina. The win improved the Waves to 13-4 on the season and marked their 12th victory in the last 14 games.
UCSB is expected to throw senior right-hander Brian Tracy against the Waves on Tuesday. Tracy's younger brother, Mark, is listed as a freshman C/1B on the Pepperdine roster. Right-hander Robert Della Grotta is expected to take the hill for the Waves. Pepperdine holds a narrow 51-50 head-to-head lead in terms of wins over the Gauchos.
After the game with Pepperdine, UCSB will remain home to host Big West Conference foe Cal State Northridge in a three-game non-conference series starting on Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Saturday's game two will be played at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game three is slated for a one o'clock first pitch.