March 16, 2002
Fresno, Calif. - After losing five straight games at the Pepsi/Jonny Quik Classic, with their last three starters giving up six or more runs in each of those games, the Gauchos were looking for a starting pitcher to step up.
That somebody was Sean Thompson.
With the help of a four-run first inning by the Gauchos and relief help from Matt Vasquez, the lefty junior from Redondo Beach held Fordham to five hits and two runs in seven and two-thirds innings while striking out seven, to help the Gauchos win 4-3, in their final game at the Classic held at Beiden Field.
After giving up a lead-off home run to Bobby Kingsbury, Thompson held the Rams scoreless until the seventh inning. Matt Vasquez (Santa Barbara, Calif.), came in to relieve Thompson in the eighth with two outs and a runner on at second and promptly struck out Gary Kaible to end the inning, preserving a 4-2 lead.
After giving up an unearned run in the ninth to make it a 4-3 ballgame, Vasquez, the Gauchos most effective starter this year, finished off the game by striking out Joe Ciccone looking to end the game and pick up his first save of the year.
UCSB scored all four of their runs in the first inning, highlighted by Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) knocked in Nate Sutton (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Blair Havens (Los Alamitos, Calif.) with a double and then Chad Ziemendorf (Los Altos, Calif.) and R.J. Smith both drawing bases-loaded walks to score Malec and Dave Licht (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Havens and Malec both had two hits for the Gauchos who ended up with seven hits overall in the game.
Havens was the top hitter for the Gauchos at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic, going 8-for-12 with six runs scored and three RBI.
UCSB will now take the week of March 17-23 off to focus on Winter Finals and will be back in action on March 24 at Cal Poly, for a non-conference showdown in San Luis Obispo.