Jan. 31, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. - When you don't hit, it's hard to score runs.
The UC Santa Barbara baseball team (0-1) managed to pound out only six hits, and Loyola Marymount capitalized on a four-run fifth inning, to cruise to a 5-0 season opening win, this Thursday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Kevin Jensen (1-0) picked up the win for the Lions, by yielding only three hits, all singles, in seven innings pitched to pick up the win. Ryan Spilborghs was the only offensive threat for the Gauchos, going 3-for-4 with a double.
The game was a showcase of dominant pitching as both starting pitchers, Jensen and UCSB's James Garcia, did not give up a hit in the first three innings.
Andy Campanella got the first hit of the game, by lacing a sharp single to left to start the bottom of the fourth for the Gauchos. However, Nate Sutton hit into a double play in the following at-bat to kill the Gauchos hopes of scoring.
James Garcia (0-1), who had not surrendered a hit in the first four innings, unraveled in the fifth, giving up four runs on only three hits.
After walking the leadoff hitter Sean Smith, the next batter, Jonathan Higashi singled to put two runners on. Garcia then seemed to settle down by striking out the next batter. But the Torrance, Calif. native ran into further trouble against the next batter, Tommy Perez. After a double-steal by Smith and Higashi, Perez then singled to center, bringing in both runners, giving Loyola Marymount a 2-0 lead. Garcia then fared no-better to the next batter, Christian Campos, as Campos blasted his first homerun of the year over the right-center power alley to put Loyola Marymount up 4-0. Garcia settled down to pitch into the seventh inning, but the damage had been done. Garcia gave up five runs while striking out seven in six plus innings of work.
The Gauchos, who did not get shutout all of last season, have already done so in the first game of 2002. Aside from Spilborghs, the rest of the Gauchos went 3-27 at the plate. As dismal as the UCSB hitting was, Loyola Marymount was not much hotter. In fact, the Gauchos actually out hit the Lions 6-to-5.
UCSB will take on Loyola Marymount again tomorrow, at 2:00 p.m., for game two in the three game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.