Feb. 22, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - It took almost an hour for the first inning to end on Saturday, but when it did, the message was clear...it was going to be a long day for baseball. UC Santa Barbara (5-8) surrendered seven runs to Santa Clara (7-7) in the first, all before recording an out. Starting pitcher Eric Posthumus (0-2) was given credit for the loss after having the roughest outing of his Gaucho career. Four straight singles started the inning followed by a hit batsman. Will Thompson then took the first pitch he saw opposite field over the wall in left for a grand slam. Michael Thompson followed that up with a solo homerun of his own. Posthumus retired the next three batters to finally escape. At the end of the frame, seven runs had scored off of six hits.
The Gauchos weren't willing to quit just yet as they fought back for three runs of their own in the first. Centerfielder Brian Adams led off with his first homerun of the season. A walk to Nate Sutton and a single by Taylor Vogt set the stage for a Chad Ziemendorf single, bringing in Sutton. Second baseman Matt Stevens would tally a sacrifice fly to bring in Vogt.
The three runs UCSB put up were quickly countered in the second inning. A leadoff double ended the afternoon for Posthumus. Rich Sorenson came on in relief, but he too had a hard time cooling down the opposing bats. After getting the first two batters, three straight doubles brought in three runs for Santa Clara.
Faced once again with a seven run deficit, Santa Barbara rallied for more scoring. Three walks loaded the bases, and once again catcher Ziemendorf punched out a hit. His two-out single brought in Josh Fulton and Sutton.
Santa Clara was able to score three more runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach. Santa Barbara was only able to score once more in the bottom of the inning. Ziemendorf was once again the man for the Gauchos, singling to bring in Sutton. The Gaucho catcher ended the day 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. He is currently leading all Gauchos in hits (16), doubles (5), RBIs (11), walks (7) and slugging percentage (.600). Sutton was 1-for-3 with three runs scored.
Both teams were shut down for the final five innings. Relief pitching for both teams came in and stopped the offensive barrage. Joe Diefenderfer (1-2) came in from his position in left field to get the win. He pitched a solid six and two-thirds innings, allowing only one run off of five hits while striking out seven Gauchos. Anthony Rea pitched a final perfect inning for the Broncos.
Jared Edrosolan and Mike Sutherland each pitched three innings in relief for Santa Barbara. Edrosolan started off shaky, but settled down and only allowed one unearned run. Sutherland was solid, surrendering only two hits and striking out one.
Santa Clara's offense was lead by the two Thompsons. Will, the starting first baseman, was perfect on the day, going 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in six runs. He missed hitting for the cycle, lacking only a single. Michael, no relation to Will, was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and one run scored. Bronco catcher Jim Wallace had three hits in four at bats, driving in one and scoring three times.
These two teams finish off the series on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Santa Clara will be throwing lefthander John Redmond. As of press time, it was undetermined who would be throwing for Santa Barbara. UCSB continues their home stand with a three game series against Sacramento State starting on Friday, February 28. That game will be at 2:00 pm.