UCSB Can't Overcome Rough First Inning, Drops 11-9 Decision to Loyola Marymount
March 9, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Loyola Marymount shortstop Billy Lockin singled to open the game on Tuesday and then the Lions took advantage of three walks and three UC Santa Barbara wild pitches to pile-up nine runs in the first inning and held on for an 11-9 win at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
LMU (11-4) scored just two more runs the rest of the game, but the Lions were able to hold off the Gauchos (10-8), who left two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Lockin, who started the Loyola Marymount's nine-run first inning, finished the game going 4-of-5 with two runs scored, a walk and a pair of RBI. He scored both of his runs in the decisive first inning.
Freshman pitcher Brian Tracy struggled mightily for UCSB. He went just two-thirds of an inning and allowed three hits, three walks and seven runs, all earned. The Gauchos battled back, but couldn't cut the lead to under two runs.
UCSB got on the board in the bottom of the first when third baseman Nate Sutton doubled, stole third and scored on a throwing error. The Gauchos kept it going in the second inning when first baseman Bill Rowe opened the inning by lining a double into right-center field. Matt Stevens doubled to center with Rowe stopping at third base. Center fielder Matt Emerick was safe on an error with Rowe scoring and Stevens advanding to third base. Sutton then singled to right, scoring Stevens and moving Emerick to second. After Kevin Jenson replaced Daniel Macias on the mound for Loyola Marymount, UCSB's designated hitter David Figoni slapped a single to right, scoring Emerick.
Figoni moved to second and Sutton to third on a wild pitch by Jenson. Sutton then scored on a wild pick-off attempt by LMU catcher Brady Koch. UCSB second baseman Chris Malec grounded out, right fielder Matt Wilkerson struck out and catcher Taylor Vogt grounded out to end the inning.
The Lions scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but UCSB's relievers Loren Fraser, Eric Posthumus, Alex McRobbie and Ivan Ramirez combined to go 8.0 innings and allow just eight hits and four runs to give the Gauchos a chance.
Sutton, Malec, Wilkerson and Rowe each had a a pair of hits to lead UCSB. After collecting five hits in the first inning, the Lions had just six the rest of the way.
UCSB will host Big West rival Cal Poly at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. The game is the first of a three game series. The Friday night game will be played at Baggett Stadium on the Cal Poly Campus and then the teams will meet again at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.