Baseball Rally Falls Short, Fall 11-9 To Pacific

Baseball Rally Falls Short, Fall 11-9 To Pacific

March 14, 2002


Fresno, Calif. - The Gauchos rallied for five runs in the final two innings and brought the game-tying batter to the plate, but ultimately fell to Pacific 11-9, for their fourth loss in as many days at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic at Beiden Field in Fresno.

UCSB falls to 11-12 on the season while Pacific improves to 11-7-1.

Down 11-4 in the seventh, the Gauchos scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth and final inning. With Ryan Spilborghs on first and two outs in the eighth inning, the Tigers reliever Brian Huck got Matt Wilkerson to strike out to end the game. The game was shortened due to tournament time rules.

The Gauchos pitchers had another tough outing, as starter Jeremy Sugarman (1-2), who takes the loss, was roughed up for seven runs on ten hits in five and one-thirds innings worth of work. Alex McRobbie was also roughed up for UCSB, giving up four runs in one and one-thirds innings worked. The Gaucho pitchers had problems finding the plate, hitting four batters and throwing three wild-pitches.

Pacific starter Joel Lozano (2-0) gets the win, going six and one-third innings giving up five runs on nine hits.

The Gauchos bats were silent for much of the game getting only six hits, all singles, through the first six innings. However, in the seventh, UCSB got four hits and then got two more in the eighth to end up with 12 hits, all singles.

The Gauchos 1-2-3 hitters supplied most of the offense, going a combined 7-for-13. Leadoff hitter Blair Havens went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, with the second hitter, Nate Sutton, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and the number three batter, Ryan Spilborghs, went 2-for-5 with two RBI.

The Gauchos will take on Liberty at 10:00 a.m. tommorrow, Friday March 15, in their fifth game out of six they will be playing in, at the Johnny Quik Classic.