March 11, 2006
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
Designated hitter Matt Canepa had three hits and shortstop Brent Morel hit his second home run of the season to lead Cal Poly to a 6-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the second game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Saturday night in Baggett Stadium.
Junior right-hander Bud Norris (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings for the victory as Cal Poly improved to 13-6-1 on the season. UC Santa Barbara fell to 4-9-1.
Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara will resume Friday's suspended game Sunday at 1 p.m. in Santa Barbara -- the contest was called after nine innings due to darkness with the score tied at 7-7 -- followed by the regularly scheduled game.
UC Santa Barbara scored in the top of the first inning as Chris Valaika singled, took second on a groundout and came home on Matt McColgan's single to center field.
Cal Poly answered with four runs in the bottom of the third. Morel led off with a solo shot over the wall in left-center field. Brent Walker doubled down the right-field line and both Jimmy Gardiner and Jimmy Van Ostrand were hit by pitches to load the bases.
Josh Lansford drew a bases-loaded walk to snap the 1-1 tie and Bryan Kepner grounded into a double play, scoring Gardiner. Canepa's infield single scored Van Ostrand.
The Gauchos cut the deficit to 4-2 on Matt Emerick's RBI triple to right-center field in the fifth inning.
Cal Poly added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings to complete the scoring. Kepner singled to left in the fifth for an RBI while Canepa singled in the seventh and eventually scored on a dropped fly ball in the outfield.
Norris struck out six and walked three for his fourth win of the season. UCSB starter Brian Tracy (1-3) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings for the loss.
Cal Poly outhit the Gauchos 10-8, marking only the third time in 10 games that the Mustangs had outhit their opponent.
Canepa singled three times while Morel added a single and home run.
UC Santa Barbara's top hitters were Valaika and Patrick Rose, each with two hits.
Sophomore right-hander Evan Reed (1-0, 4.98 ERA) will start for Cal Poly against UC Santa Barbara junior right-hander Bryan Fleming (1-3, 3.00 ERA) in the series finale.