Feb. 4, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Gauchos (2-2) shook the rust out of their bats and came out swinging, pounding out 14 hits and scoring a bakers dozen as they defeated BYU (1-6) 12-5, Monday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Chris Malec led the UCSB onslaught as the freshman went 4-for-4 on the day and knocked in three batters as well. Another freshman, Eric Posthumus (1-0), got the start pitching six strong innings for the Gauchos striking out seven while giving up only two runs, one earned, for the win. Matt Carson led the Cougars with three hits on the day.
After mustering up only 13 runs on 19 hits over three games this season, the Gauchos sniffed the smelling salt that was the BYU pitching staff and woke up by scoring three runs in the first off starter Jacob Chrismen (1-0), to take a 3-1 lead. Super freshman number three, Matt Wilkerson, raked a triple over the center fielders head knocking in R.J. Smith and Kevin Miller. Malec then singled in Wilkerson on the next pitch.
The Gauchos were not done with Chrismen as they batted around in the third, scoring five runs, all after two outs in the inning, to take an 8-2 lead.
Ryan Spilborghs started off the inning with a laser shot single to right, then Miller and Wilkerson both struck out. Then Malec was hit by a pitch and both he and Spilborghs advanced bases on a balk. Chrismen continued to struggle with his control walking the next batter Josh McCanne and then proceeded to walk Taylor Vogt with the bases juiced, making it 4-2 Gauchos. The next batter, Josh Fulton, laced a single up the middle scoring Malec and McCanne to make it 6-2. R.J. Smith then walked and Nate Sutton then broke out of his season opening slump, by knocking in two batters with his single up the middle, to make it 8-2 Gauchos.
The Gauchos tacked on two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 12-2 lead. The highlight of those innings was a two-run triple by Malec, that knocked in Wilkerson and Malec in the fourth.
Keith Kelley replaced Posthumus in the seventh and gave up two runs in the inning but two more freshman, Mike Sutherland and Alex McRobbie, kept BYU to one run in the final two innings to preserve the win.
With their 14 hits, the Gauchos team batting average jumped 49 points from .207 to .256.
The Gauchos will return to action Friday February 8, when they travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos in a three-game set. The Friday game will be at 2:00 p.m. while the Saturday and Sunday games are at 1:00 p.m.