March 9, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Gaucho baseball team could not complete a series sweep of Loyola Marymount as they were defeated on Sunday, 8-5. UCSB rallied in the top of the ninth inning but it was not enough to erase the 8-0 deficit at the start the inning.
Mike Sutherland (0-1) was credited with the loss. LMU starting pitcher Justin Abreau (2-1) picked up the victory after going 8.1 innings, Kyle Huddy earned the save.
The Gauchos rallied in the top of the ninth inning putting two runners on with no outs for pinch hitter Greg Powers. Powers doubled to center scoring Ziemendorf and moving Nic Rodriguez to third. Fulton then plated Rodriguez on a RBI groud out to the Lions second baseman to make the score, 8-2. After Matt Stevens was hit by a pitch and Sutton was walked Matt Wilkerson strided to the plate once again with the bases loaded. This time Wilkerson delivered a double in center field bringing three more Gaucho runs home and cutting the LMU lead to 8-5. After a walk to Vogt, UCSB sent the tying run to the plate in first baseman Bill Rowe. The freshman first baseman went down on strikes sending catcher Chad Ziemendorf to the plate with two outs. Ziemendorf lined out right field to end the Gaucho rally and the game.
Carl Stoeber doubled in the bottom of the second inning, putting a runner in scoring position for the Lions. On the attempt to sacrafice Stoeber to third base, Sutherland threw wildly to first base allowing Stoeber to score.
The Lions scored two more runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by third baseman Jonathon Oller . Joe Frazee reached on an error by third baseman Nate Sutton to lead off the inning. Oller then blasted a 1-1 fastball over the left-center field fence, increasing LMU's lead, 3-0.
With two outs, Josh Fulton singled, Matt Stevens doubled, and Sutton walked loading the bases for outfielder Matt Wilkerson in the top of the fifth inning. However, the Gauchos could not take advantage as Wilkerson sharply lined out to shortstop Kyle Mura to end the inning.
Loyola Marymount loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dan Ricabal then called on lefty Ivan Ramirez to face designated hitter Joshua Whitesell. Ramirez unleashed a wild pitch allowing Chris Pettit to score from third base. After hitting Whitesell, second baseman Sean Smith doubled off the wall plating to more LMU base runners. Ramirez would retire the next two Lions, but not before they expanded their lead, 7-0.
Sutton led the UCSB offense all weekend going 8-for-13 with three runs and one RBI in the three-game series. Wilkerson provided the power going 7-for-14 with 6 RBI.
The Gauchos return to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium next weekend for a three-game series against UC Riverside. Friday's game begins at 2:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday's begin at 1:00 p.m.