Feb. 12, 2005
SAN JOSE, Calif. -
Catcher Matt Kalafatis belted a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth, and second baseman Chris Malec had an RBI double in the top of the 12th inning, as UC Santa Barbara edged San Jose State in the first game of a three-game series, 5-4.
The game, which began on Friday but was halted in the 12th inning because of rain, was completed on Saturday before the start of game two of the three-game series.
UCSB, trailing 4-2 entering the ninth inning, caught a break when shortstop Chris Valaika was safe on an error by Spartan second baseman David Pierson. After a flyball out by first baseman Bill Rowe, Kalafatis hit his first home run of the season to knot the score at 4-4.
UCSB did not allow SJSU a run in the bottom of the ninth, and the teams were scoreless until the Gauchos struck for the game-winner in the top of the 12th inning.
Designated hitter C.J. Cook started the game-winning rally with a single toright. Travis LeBouf entered the contest as a pinch runner, and after center fielder Matt Emerick struck out, left fielder Matt Stevens walked. Third baseman David Figoni walked, and then Malec slugged a double, scoring LeBouf with the winning run.
The win in game-one of the series improves UCSB to 3-1 on the year and it extends its winning streak to three in a row. San Jose State drops to 2-3.