February 15, 2005

UCSB Bats Explode to Defeat Neighbor Westmont 14-2

Feb. 15, 2005

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With a solid five inning pitching performance by sophomore starting pitcher Brian Tracy, a base hit and three RBI from senior catcher Matt Kalafatis and a two-run blast by senior third baseman David Figoni the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (5-2) exploded to score 14 runs off 14 hits to beat its cross-town rival Westmont (1-8) 14-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

The Gauchos were quick to strike in the first inning. Lead off hitter junior center fielder Matt Emerick got things started with a single to left field. The very next hitter Matt Aidem, who got his first start at third this season, hit a high fly ball that carried over Westmont's left fielder and fell in for a double, scoring Emerick on the play.

UCSB starter Tracy worked five innings allowing four hits, one earned run and struck out four en route to picking up his first victory of the season.

Westmont put up their only two runs of the game in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the third, second baseman Anthony Martinez singled and was moved around to second on a sac bunt by center fielder Micah Gallagher. Two batters later, left fielder Darren Fouret drove in Martinez with his single to right field. In the next inning third baseman Cody Gore singled to center to lead off the inning and came around to score on a throwing error by pitcher Tracy.

After a sluggish start, UCSB put up 13 runs in the final six innings of the game. In the fourth inning senior right fielder Matt Sevens walked and then swiped his first bag of the year. Stevens came around to score on an RBI single by junior designated hitter Brian Lee.

The Gauchos blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth by scoring five runs off five hits and a costly error by Westmont first baseman Jake Stretz. Aidem reached on the throwing error and was moved to second with a single to left field by senior second baseman Chris Malec. Senior Matt Wilkerson tallied his team high 10th RBI with his single to center field. After the Warriors record two outs in the inning, the error came back to haunt them. With Wilkerson on second base, Stevens reached base on an infield single to shortstop and advanced Wilkerson to third on the play. Stevens then stole his second base of the game-putting runners on second and third with two out. Kalafatis came up clutch once again with his two RBI single to center field. On the very next play, third baseman Figoni, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fourth, hammered his first home run of the season over the left field fence. All five runs scored in the inning were recorded as unearned.

UCSB continued to stay hot scoring four runs in sixth inning and three runs in the seventh. Reserve infielder Travis recorded his first and second RBI of the season with a pinch-hit single to left field in the seventh.

The Westmont bullpen was used early and often. The Warriors used a total of seven pitchers in the game. Left-hander pitcher Kiel Zielke picked up his third loss of the season.

The Gaucho bullpen looked solid as usual. Four different pitchers pitched one inning each to finish up the game. Sophomore Justin Segal and Senior Nate Holguin each struck out two batters in their respective innings of work.

UCSB hits the road and returns to action on Friday, February 18 in the first game of a three-game set against Fresno State at 6:35pm. Games two and three are schedule for Saturday and Sunday with a start time of 1:05 pm. UCSB returns home to face Pac-10 powerhouse USC for one game on February 22. The game is slated for a 2:00 pm first pitch.