UCSB Falls Short Against Aztecs in Season's Second Game

Feb. 7, 2004

Box Score

San Diego State's six-run first inning was too much for UC Santa Barbara to rebound from and the Gauchos lost the second game of their season-opening series 8-5 Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Three UCSB relievers combined to hold the Aztecs to just two runs after the explosive first, but it was not enough to quell SDSU's 13-hit attack. The loss evens the Gauchos' record at 1-1.

Making his first start in over a year, senior right-hander James Dayley lasted just one inning for UCSB as he allowed five hits and four walks in the first inning. With two outs and a runner on first base, Dayley walked the next two Aztec batters and then gave up a bases clearing triple to designated hitter Josh Hill. After a double and two more singles, San Diego State had plated all the runs it would need for the victory.

UCSB began to chip away at the lead in the third inning when junior right fielder Matt Wilkerson and freshman shortstop Chris Valaika each contributed RBI singles.

The Gauchos added one more run in the fourth and two more in the eighth before surrendering to the Aztec bullpen and closer Ryan Schroyer.

Senior left-hander Ivan Ramirez followed Dayley on the mound and allowed the final two Aztec runs in his 3.1 innings of work. Junior Alex McRobbie also tossed 3.1 innings of relief, allowing no runs on five hits while striking out two. Freshman right-hander Brian Tracy made his college debut striking out the only batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Valaika, who played for the US Junior National Team last summer, collected his first collegiate hit with his third inning RBI single and finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate. Utility man David Figoni, sophomore first baseman Bill Rowe and center fielder Matt Emerick all contributed two hits to the Gauchos' 12-hit effort.

Two games into the 2004 campaign, UCSB is hitting .296 as a team, led by Figoni who has three hits in his six at bats.

The Aztecs and Gauchos conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Sophomore Michael Martin is expected to get the starting nod on the mound for UCSB.