Feb. 17, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. - - A famous baseball coach once said, "I don't like those players that score two runs but give up three."
Luckily for C.J. Cook, that coach was not talking about him.
The freshman from Huntington Beach Calif., atoned for a fielding error that cost the Gauchos two runs by smacking a three-run home run, helping UC Santa Barbara (7-4) down San Jose St. (7-4) by the score of 6-3 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. With the win the Gauchos also take the series two games to one.
Sophomore Matt Vasquez gave the Gauchos his second consecutive quality start, holding the Spartans to two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work, improving his record to 2-1. In his last two starts, Vasquez has given up just one earned run in 15 innings of work.
In the top of the fourth, with runners on second and third with one out, Markum King hit a fly ball to left field that seemed catchable. However, Cook misplayed the ball, which allowed both Hector Zamora and Adam Shorsher to score, giving San Jose State a 2-0 lead.
However, in the bottom of the fourth, UCSB struck right back with four runs of their own, culminating with Cook's three run bomb off a change-up from Spartan starter Donald Gemmell, to take the lead 4-3. Gemmell (1-1) took the loss for San Jose State, giving up four runs while sriking out four in four innings of work.
The Gauchos would tack on two more runs in the seventh, off Casey Minster, to take a 6-2 lead. Third baseman Nate Sutton scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Dave Licht and centerfielder Andy Campanella later scored on another sacrifice fly by designated hitter Matt Wilkerson.
Senior Matt Moran came in to close the game in the ninth for the Gauchos but the righty from Chico, Calif., could not close the game for the second time in as many days, being forced out after giving up four hits and a run on 2/3 innings of work. Junior Sean Thompson came in and retired Bryan Baker on a line drive out to centerfield to close the game.
Three Spartans, Gabe Lopez, Adam Shorsher and Kevin Frandsen led their offense with two hits apiece.
The Gauchos got eight hits, all by eight different batters.
UCSB will return to action Tuesday, February 19, when they host Cal State Northridge for the second Tuesday in a row. UCSB downed Northridge 16-8 last Tuesday. The non-conference game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.