Gauchos Score Early, Hang On Late to Defeat Sacramento State
March 6, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team scored 10 runs and racked up 18 hits on Sunday vs. Sacramento State, but it might have been a pitching performance that is most remembered in the 10-9 victory.
With the tying run on second base after Sacramento State struck for three runs in the eighth inning, Nick Loredo came into the game. The Gauchos' Tuesday starter struck out leadoff batter Eli Davis on four pitches to end the threat.
Then, in the ninth, Loredo threw 11 pitches and retired the Hornets in order to lock down the game and the series victory for UCSB.
"Loredo came in and did a great job at the end," UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema said. "We're pleased we got the series win."
The Gauchos, 5-4 overall, looked like they would cruise to a Sunday victory after splitting the first two games with the Hornets (4-8), each a one-run affair.
UCSB scored four times in the first inning, knocking Sac State starter Sam Kuykendall (0-2) out of the game. However, the Hornets scored six runs in the third inning - four coming on Justin Lamb's grand slam - to take a two-run lead.
Santa Barbara, though, scored four times in the fourth and once each in the sixth and seventh, building its lead to 10-6.
"I'm very pleased that we came out aggressive on the offensive end and put up 18 hits," Brontsema said, "and we needed every one of them."
The Gauchos host USC on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast live online by clicking here.