UCSB Drops Opener to Oregon State 4-2
Feb. 25, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
With a fine pitching performance by Oregon State starter Dallas Buck, a solid no-hit outing by reliever Kevin Gunderson and a two-run single by third baseman Shea McFeely, OSU defeated the UC Santa Barbara baseball team 4-2 Saturday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
UCSB lost its second game in a row and junior starting pitcher Steve Morlock dropped to 1-2 on the year after allowing the Beavers to score four runs off seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. The right-hander walked four and only struck out one.
OSU Struck first in the second inning, capitalizing on two walks given up by Morlock. The junior began the second inning by giving up a free pass to designated hitter Joey Ledesma. Darwin Barney immediately followed with a single, putting two men on with nobody out. Morlock would then walk his second batter of the inning, loading the bases for the Beavers. McFeely would then cash in one of the free tickets by driving a single to right field collecting two RBI. Senior Matt Wilkerson would save any more runs from scoring by making amazing catch out in right field. Wilkerson made a driving grab robbing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury of a double and two RBI.
UCSB's first real scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the second inning. First base man Bill Rowe got the inning starting with a base hit left center field. Two batters later left fielder C.J. Cook would reach on a fielders choice although Rowe was out at second on the play. The Gauchos would then load the bases with two outs on a Matt Kalafatis walk and a single by designated hitter Matt Aidem. UCSB just couldn't capitalize on its scoring opportunity, center fielder Matt Emerick grounded out to the third baseman to end the inning.
The Beavers added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, increasing their lead to 4-0. The inning was lead off by a triple to right center field by Ellsbury. First baseman Mitch Canham would cash in Ellsbury with a ground ball sacrifice to second base. Back-to-back doubles by Mike Lissman and Joey Ledesma gave OSU a four-run lead.
The Gauchos cut the lead in half by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, designated hitter Aidem got his second hit of the afternoon with a single to right field. Emerick would then follow Aidem with a walk, placing runners on first and second with only one out. After a strike out by third baseman David Figoni, senior second baseman Chris Malec would put UCSB on the scoreboard with his double down the left field line, scoring both Aidem and Malec.
After giving up his fourth walk of the ball game, starter Dallas Buck was pulled for relief pitcher Kevin Gunderson in the eight inning. Buck would finish the game allowing two earned runs off five hits in 8.0 innings pitched. Reliever Gunderson promptly shut the door on the Gauchos getting Malec to ground in to a double play, ending chance of a rally for UCSB. Gunderson would pick up the save and no allow no hits in his 2.0 innings of relief.
Gaucho reliever Loren Fraser entered the ball game in the seventh inning, allowing only one hit while striking out two in three innings of relief.
With his two-RBI double in the fifth inning, Chris Malec extended his hitting streak to five games.
UCSB and Oregon State return to action tomorrow in game two of the three-game set at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The first pitched is schedule for 1:00 pm. Sunday's finale originally schedule for a 1:00 pm start time has been pushed forward an hour and will begin at noon.