Feb. 29, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team battled to a 6-6 tie through eight innings at Loyola Marymount Friday before the game was halted due to darkness. The two squads will finish the game Sunday at noon..
Freshman ace Mike Ford, taking the mound for the first time since his one-hitter to begin the season, pitched six solid innings allowing two runs on nine hits, striking out six along the way. Lions starter Andy Beal dueled Ford throughout, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters.
Both starters left the game in the sixth with the score tied at 2-2.
An error, a single, and a walk loaded the bases for the Gauchos in the top of the seventh. Eric Oliver stepped to the plate and laced his second double of the game to left field off Lion reliever Lee Roberts, scoring Patrick Rose and Brian Gump. A Mike Zuanich sac-fly scored Chris Fox for the third run of the inning.
The Lions would not be silenced as they responded with four runs of their own in their half of the seventh, highlighted by left fielder Mike Koch's third RBI double of the game.
Chris McMurray singled to leadoff the eighth and was advanced to second courtesy of a Matt Valaika sacrifice bunt. With two outs and the Gauchos down 6-5, Gump doubled home McMurray to tie the game. The Lions wouldn't score in the bottom half of the eighth. The game was then called due to darkness.
Loyola countered with a run in the fourth Koch doubled home Ollie Enos to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams scored one run a piece in the sixth, before giving way to their bullpens in the seventh.
Enos is 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Koch is 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI for the Lions.
Once again, the game will resume as scheduled in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. UCSB takes on LMU tomorrow in a day-night doubleheader. Game one is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Page Stadium.