LONG BEACH, Calif. - One day after blowing an 8-0 lead and ultimately losing the match 9-8, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team was unable to even drive in a run in game two of its series against Long Beach State as the Dirtbags sealed the series win following a 12-0 victory on Saturday.
UCSB (22-24-1, 7-10 Big West) has now dropped four games in a row while LBSU won its seventh-straight is above the .500 mark in conference play for the first time this season. The Dirtbags (24-26, 9-8 Big West) have now scored 21 unanswered runs against the Gauchos.
Long Beach State was able to earn a convincing win in large part due to a six-run third inning which blew the game open. Before that, the Dirtbags jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the second after a Chris Jimenez RBI groundout.
In the third, LBSU scored its six runs on five hits and one error made by UCSB. First, LBSU redshirt senior outfielder Tristan Mercadel worked a walk to score a run, then Jimenez came in and hit a two-run single making the score 4-0. A one-run double followed by a two-run single made the score 7-0 in favor of the home team after three innings.
Sophomore Chris Lincoln was on the mound for the Gauchos following an early exit last week due to a back injury and, unfortunately, delivered his worst performance as a starter going just 2.2 innings allowing six hits and seven earned runs.
Redshirt freshman Jack Dashwood came in relief for Lincoln in the bottom of the third with two outs and allowed the final two-run single of the frame crediting the runs to Lincoln. Dashwood would strike out the next batter, finally ending the inning. The southpaw would finish the day pitching 1.1 innings allowing two hits and one run.
Things did not get much better from there, however, as LBSU added one run in the fourth and four more in the fifth to be up 12-0 just like that. Junior Luke Andrews allowed the final four runs scored by Long Beach as he pitched the final four frames of the game allowing four hits and four earned while striking out just one.
Offensively, the Gauchos were only able to muster six hits all day thanks in large part to a great performance from pitcher/outfielder Clayton Andrews.
The dual-threat Andrews pitched seven innings allowing just four hits and striking out eight while also going 2-5 at the plate with two runs scored. In total, UCSB never had more than one hit in a single frame and had runners in scoring position just twice.
UCSB will look to salvage the series at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Blair Field. Junior right-hander Chris Clements will get the start for the Gauchos while freshman lefty Adam Seminaris will be on the pitch for LBSU.