March 2, 2002
After giving up two runs in the first inning, Gaucho sophomore right hander Matt Vasquez teamed up with Jared Edrosolan and James Garcia, to shut out Pepperdine (9-11) the rest of the game, en route to a 3-2 win for UCSB (10-8) at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu.
For Vasquez (4-1), it was his fourth victory in as many outings. After hitting the lead off batter and then serving up a home run to the next batter, Duke Sardinha, the Santa Barbara native proceeded to hold the Waves scoreless into the seventh inning. In all, Vasquez pitched six and two thirds innings rendering two runs on seven hits while striking out five to get the win.
Kevin Beavers (2-1) took the loss for Pepperdine, giving up three runs in the fifth inning. Beavers pitched six innings giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven.
The Gauchos got on the board in the fifth when Deve Licht walked with the bases loaded to score Blair Havens. The following batter, Ryan Spilborghs, then singled to left field scoring Nate Sutton and Nic Rodriguez, to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
After giving up a single and a walk with two outs in the seventh, Vasquez was relieved by Edrosolan who was able to retire the next batter to get out of the inning.
Garcia relieved Edrosolan in the eighth, with one out and a runner on and managed to get out of the inning by getting Sardinha to hit into an inning ending double-play to get out of the jam. After giving up a single to start the ninth, Garcia struck out the next batter and then got Steven Kleen to hit into a double play, to end the game and pick up his first save of the year.
Spilborghs led the Gauchos at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBI. For the junior right fielder from Santa Barbara, it is his third consecutive multi-hit game and fifth in his last six games, good for a .438 batting average on the season.
With the series tied 1-1, UCSB and Pepperdine will return to action Sunday Febuary 3, at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for the third and final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.