March 1, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
In a game that lasted three hours and 47 minutes, senior third baseman David Figoni, sophomore shortstop Chris Valaika, and senior catcher each had a pair of RBI, and the UC Santa Barbara bullpen allowed just one run over the final five innings, as the Gauchos defeated visiting Cal Poly Tueaday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Figoni's two-run single in the second inning not only gave UCSB a 5-1 lead at the time, but it also extended his hitting streak to nine games. In addition, Figoni was hit by a pitch and walked twice.
Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee used nine different pitchers in Tuesday's game. The nine Mustang hurlers allowed 11 runs, nine hits, walked 10, hit four Gaucho batters and threw four wild pitches. Relief pitcher Joe Gulden wound up with the loss, giving up one run on one hit while pitching the sixth inning.
The Gauchos put up at least one run in every inning except for the fourth. UCSB began the game by tallying three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Wilkerson drove in his 17th RBI of the year by hitting a double that seem to carry forever in the wind over the center fielder's head. Third baseman Figoni came around to score easily and senior second baseman Chris Malec put the Gauchos up two runs on the error at the plate by Cal Poly's catcher. First baseman Bill Rowe's sacrifice fly cashed in Wilkerson, who moved over to third on the error.
Cal Poly would score one run in the second inning, pulling within two runs. UCSB promptly extended its lead with as Figoni kept his nine-game hitting-streak alive by singling up the middle and driving in two runners, making the game a 5-1 affair.
The Mustangs would then score three runs in both the third and fourth innings of the game. Sandwiched between each Cal Poly three-run inning, UCSB would tally a run in the bottom of the third off a bases loaded walk, making the game a 7-7 tie.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Gauchos would take the lead for good on a RBI double to left field by Valaika. On the play, Rowe would come around to score the go ahead run. UCSB would continue to make the Cal Poly pitching staff pay for all the free passes allowed, scoring four more runs in the final three innings of the ball game.
In the top of the eighth inning, pitcher Alex McRobbie came on to relieve Fraser. McRobbie picked up his third save of the season by giving up one run off one hit and striking out two in his 2.0 innings pitched.
This weekend UCSB heads up to Seattle for a three-game set against Washington beginning Friday, March 4 at 6:30 pm. Saturday's and Sunday's games each have a 1:00 pm start time. The Gauchos then travel up to Cal Poly for another one game non-conference match-up with the Mustangs on March 9 before returning home on March 11 to begin a three-game series against Loyola Marymount.