Feb. 14, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second straight Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team could not get the job done and fell 11-2 to San Jose State in the second game of this weekend's three-game series. After the Spartans took yesterday's contest 9-2, SJSU came out swinging to put up six runs in the first inning this afternoon and never looked back.
The Spartans used nine hits, including three home runs to dismantle the Gaucho pitching staff in the game's first three innings. Senior right-hander James Dayley (0-2) started the game but could not record an out as he allowed singles to the first two batters, walked the third, and beaned the next two. After Dayley threw away an attempted pick-off to first, allowing the Spartan's third run to score, senior Rich Sorenson entered the game. The right-hander surrendered a three-run home run to first baseman Brandon Fromm before retiring the side.
Despite out-hitting San Jose State 10-9, the Gauchos only mustered single runs in the second and fifth innings. In the second, it was senior catcher Taylor Vogt's monster shot over the center field wall that put the Gauchos on the board. The home run was Vogt's second of the year. In the fifth, senior designated hitter Greg Powers picked up an RBI with a run-scoring ground out, plating center fielder Brian Adams. The senior had reached two batters earlier with a double down the right field line.
The Spartans chalked up five more runs, two in the third and three in the fourth, off of Sorenson before junior right-hander Loren Fraser entered the game with one out in the fourth. Fraser allowed an RBI single to third baseman Ruben Martinez before inducing catcher Mark Bautista into a inning-ending line drive double play. Fraser went on to thoroughly baffle the SJSU lineup for the next five innings, allowing no hits and just one walk. In his 5.2 innings of work, the big right-hander faced the minimum 17 batters.
Sophomore right-hander Corey Cabral (1-1) picked up the victory for San Jose State, tossing an impressive seven innings. He allowed the two runs on nine hits while striking out eight Gaucho batters. SJSU's Fromm finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and four RBI. Deisgnated hitter Brad Kilby also homered for the Spartans.
At the plate for UCSB, senior third baseman Nate Sutton led the Gauchos going 2-for-3 with a stolen base, his fifth of the year. Junior second baseman Chris Malec had his eight-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4.
The loss drops the Gauchos to an even 3-3 on the season while San Jose State improves to 3-2-1. The two squads will meet again tomorrow in the series finale at 1 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Right-hander Michael Martin is expected to get the start for the Gauchos on the hill. The sophomore tossed seven shutout innings against San Diego State in his first win last Sunday. Southpaw Brandon Dewing will probably take the hill for the Spartans.