March 23, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team tried, but it couldn't derail UCLA's thus-far perfect season. The Bruins, ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, got stellar pitching from Garret Claypool and used four Gaucho errors to come away with a 7-1 victory on Tuesday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Claypool shut the Gauchos down, allowing just one run on three hits in seven sterling innings, striking out 10. In all, 14 Gauchos went down on strikes in the game.
That didn't help Jesse Meaux, who entered the game with a 1.71 ERA in his three previous starts. The junior allowed five runs - four earned - on 10 hits over five innings. However, three of UCSB's four errors came with Meaux on the mound.
Yet, the Gauchos were looking to break through against Claypool early on. In the second inning UCSB had runners on first and third after Marty Mullins' single moved Trevor Whyte, who was hit by a pitch, to third with one out.
Derek Eligio laid down a nice bunt in front of the plate, but Whyte was tagged out in a rundown between third and home and Eligio, who tried to go to second base on the play was eventually caught in his own pickle before being tagged out.
Until the Gauchos scratched out a run in the seventh inning, on Beck Wheeler's groundout that brought in Sean Williams after he doubled and went to third, the second inning was their only previous threat.
UCLA scored five times in the fourth inning, as a pair of doubles and a groundout brought in the first two runs. Catcher Trevor Brown's infield single scored another run before Beau Amaral's single later scored Blair Dunlap. The Bruins added their fifth run when Justin Uribe's single eventually scored Amaral.
The Gauchos will conclude an 11-game homestand when they host the University of San Francisco in a three-game series beginning Friday at 2 p.m. Both Saturday's and Sunday's games start at 1 p.m.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
Season tickets are still available for UCSB baseball games with season plans starting as low as $50! Plus, all fans who purchase a season ticket will receive a free UCSB hat! Click here for more information.
The baseball team, along with all other UCSB teams, are part of the Gauchos Give Tickets program. Gauchos Give Tickets provides the opportunity for local businesses, non-profit, and charitable groups to attend regular season Gaucho home games for FREE! Along with the free tickets, groups can receive recognition during the game, participate in game promotions, and get a visit from Olé!.
Back again for the 2010 season is the Baseball Buddies program which allows youth teams to come to weekend Gaucho games and take the field with the Gauchos! The teams will also receive autographs from their favorite players and sing the 7th Inning Stretch. Please contact Alan Cassinelli in the Marketing office at (805) 893-4629 for more information or e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org.