Baseball Loses for First Time at Home, 9-3 Against Saint Mary's
March 21, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Friday saw a pair of impressive streaks end for the UC Santa Barbara baseball team as it was defeated 9-3 by visiting Saint Mary's at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gaels led 5-2 after seven innings and tacked on four more in the ninth to secure the non-conference victory.
UCSB dropped to 12-7 on the year with the loss. The Gauchos were 8-0 at home entering the game and had won their previous four contests. Saint Mary's improved to 13-5-1 and has now won five of its last six.
The Gaels never trailed in the game and struck for two runs in the third and fifth innings and a single run in the seventh before exploding for four more in the ninth. The Gauchos plated single runs in the fifth, seventh, and ninth frames.
UCSB was out-hit 12-7 with three of its knocks coming off the bat of outfielder Brian Gump. The junior went 3-for-5 and cracked his first home run of the season, a solo shot to opposite left field in the seventh.
Gaucho shortstop Shane Carlson had hit safely in all 18 games coming in to today's match-up, but went hitless in four at-bats and saw the streak come to an end.
Freshman All-American Mike Ford started on the mound for UCSB and surrendered four earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Ford walked five and struck out four as he took the loss and fell to 2-2 on the year.
Saint Mary's started junior Brian Justice on the hill and got seven strong innings out of him as he upped his season record to 2-0. The right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out four. Jimmy Munhill surrendered one earned run on three hits the rest of the way to earn his second save of the year.
Half of the Gaels' hits were produced by outfielders Kenny Fuglerud and Kyle Jensen. Jensen was 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. Fuglerud was 3-for-5 with a run.
The Gaels got on the board first in the third inning. Following a walk, a single, and a fielder's choice, Fuglerud scored the game's first run on a single to right by Ryan Mulligan. Another walk loaded the bases and Anthony Aliotti plated Cory Miller with a sacrifice fly to right.
Saint Mary's would take a 4-0 lead with another pair of runs in the fifth. Miller led off the inning with a bunt single, advanced to second on a balk, and moved to third on groundout. Randy Wells stepped to the plate and laced a triple down the right field line to score Miller. With one out and one on, Wells scored on a single through the right side of the infield by Justin Fazio.
UCSB got a run back in its half of the fifth. Gunnar Terhune led off and reached on a Saint Mary's error. Gump singled, moving Terhune to third. Chris Fox hit into a fielder's choice and Terhune crossed the plate on the play.
After Jensen's seventh inning homer put Saint Mary's up 5-1, Gump answered with his long ball in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless eighth, the Gaels erupted in the ninth, scoring four runs on two hits and a Gaucho fielding error. A Jensen single scored one before Scott Schneider belted a three-run double down the right field line.
The Gauchos scored their third and final run in the bottom of the ninth as catcher Chris McMurray singled and was later plated by a Fox single.
UCSB almost took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. John DeAlba lifted a ball to deep left field and Jensen drifted back until he ran out of real estate. He leapt at the wall and found the ball with his glove before it sailed over for a home run.
It was the first time the two squads had met since 1982. The all-time series now stands at 5-1 in favor of the Gauchos.
Games two and three of the three-game series against Saint Mary's will be played as a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Senior southpaw Chuck Huggins (3-1) will get the start in the first game, while redshirt freshman lefty Mario Hollands (2-1) will go in game two.
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