March 19, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UCSB (9-9) posted two ninth inning runs to steal a 5-4 victory over TCU (10-11) in game one of a double-header on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Mario Lewis was the only Gaucho to post multiple hits in the game. The local product out of Santa Ynez, Calif. batted two-for-four on the game. Brian Lee picked up the game winning hit with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to plate Patrick Rose and give UCSB the 5-4 victory. Matt Anderson picked up his first home run of the season when he took a pitch over the wall in right centerfield in the fourth inning.
Junior Brian Tracy went six innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. TCU starter Brad Furnish dealt a beauty on the mound, but earned the loss after UCSB posted two runs in the ninth. Furnish tossed eight and a thirds innings, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and five walks while punching out ten Gaucho hitters. Freshman Matt Wade picked up the victory for the Gauchos after dealing three scoreless innings and striking out three. For Wade, the win was his first of the season.
Neither team managed to score until TCU posted on run in the third. After a single and a wild pitch put a runner at second, Chad Huffman singled to left field to plate the only run of the inning.
UCSB answered back in the bottom of the fourth. With one swing of the bat, Anderson knotted the game at one run apiece when he homered over the wall in right centerfield. As usual, the wind was blowing out to right field at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium and Anderson got a pitch into the wind and earned his first home run of the season.
TCU quickly answered back in the top of the fifth by posting three runs in the frame. With two outs, the Horned Frogs went on a rampage. After a double and a walk put runners at first and second, Andrew Walker singled home the runner from second. On the ensuing play, Matt Carpenter singled home another TCU run. Austin Adams made it three straight RBI singles when he shot a ball down the left field line to plate the third and final run of the inning.
UCSB battled back for one run of its own in the bottom of the fifth. After a Dave Harrit double , a balk moved Harrit to third. With one out, sophomore Alden Carrithers laid down a drag bunt for a hit that drove in Harrit.
UCSB was back at it again in the seventh. The Gauchos managed to post one run in the frame with the big blow coming on a passed ball by Walker behind the dish. The passed ball allowed Harrit to scamper home from third base. UCSB scored one run on no hits and an error in the inning.
After shutting down the TCU offense in the top of the ninth, UCSB posted two runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal its second win of the series. An A.J. Knox pinch-hit single started the inning for the Gauchos. Harrit sacrificed himself to move Knox to second on the ensuing play. After Rose and Carrithers walked to load the bases, Valaika struck out for the second out of the inning. On the ensuing play, Robbie Blauer walked to drive in the tying run from third. With two out and the bases loaded, head coach Bob Brontsema pinch hit with his "bullet off the bench" Lee. For the second consecutive game, Lee came through in a big way, this time with an RBI single to right field to plate the winning run for the Gauchos.