Feb. 26, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Jacoby Ellsbury and Andy Jenkins each homered and drove in two runners as Oregon State (8-1) defeated the UC Santa Barbara (7-5) baseball team 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Starting pitcher Michael Martin received a no decision in his five innings of work. The junior gave up four earned runs off nine hits, and struck out one in his fourth start of the season.
UCSB was quick to strike as they tallied one in the bottom of the first inning. The Gauchos were 5-2 when scoring before an opponent before today's game. Center fielder Matt Emerick drew a lead off walk to begin the game. Emerick stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch thrown by OSU starter Anton Maxwell. Third baseman David Figoni tallied his ninth RBI of the season by singling up the middle and scoring Emerick.
The Beavers did not wait long to mount an attack of their own. In the top of the second inning, OSU struck back for three runs. With two outs, third baseman Shea McFeely singled to center field. Next batter first baseman Andy Jenkins put the Beavers ahead 2-1 by blasting his first home run of the season over the left center field wall. Second baseman Ryan Gipson kept the rally alive with his single to center field and moved into scoring position by stealing second base. Ellsbury then tripled over Emerick's head but attempting to make it an inside the park home run, he was gunned at the plate by senior second baseman Chris Malec for the third out of the inning.
First baseman Bill Rowe brought the Gauchos within one run as he launched his first homer of the season to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
OSU once was quick to extend their lead, posting a run in the top of the fifth inning. Ellsbury got his third hit of the ball game with a single to right field. He then stole second and advanced to third on a groundout to second by first baseman Mitch Canham. He completed his trip around the diamond as he was brought into score on a RBI groundout by left fielder Mike Lissman making the score 4-2.
In the sixth inning, the Gauchos cashed in two runs tying the game at four all. After right fielder Matt Wilkerson received a free pass to first base by starter Maxwell, OSU went to its bulpen and brought in Jake McCormick. Shortstop Chris Valaika was quick to welcome McCormick to the game by singling to center field, advancing Wilkerson to third base. Rowe then promptly hit a 1-0 pitch straight at the first baseman, who then threw the ball home and caught Wilkerson trying to score. Wilkerson was caught in a rundown and was eventually tagged out by the third baseman. After another out, catcher Matt Kalafatis was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for the Gauchos. Designated hitter Matt Aidem evened the affair with his two-run single to right field.
The Beavers once again struck back, taking the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning. Relief pitcher Brian Tracy was called in from the bullpen to relieve starting pitcher Martin. Tracy looked shaky in his outing, giving up a home run to the first batter of the inning. Tracy would not finish the seventh, as he walked and then hit a Beaver batter. OSU would then tack on one more run in the top of the eight off reliever Nate Holguin, who was brought in to replace Tracy.
Oregon State relief pitcher Nate Fogle picked-up his second save of the season by pitching 2.2 innings and retiring eight of nine Gaucho batters.
Relief pitcher Nate Holguin also struggled in his appearance, giving up one run, two hits and walking two in two-third of an inning worked.
Second baseman Chris Malec snapped a five-game hitting steak going hitless in four at bats in Saturday's game.
UCSB and Oregon State complete the three-game set tomorrow at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The first pitch has been pushed up one hour and the game will begin at 12:00 pm.