March 30, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (16-13) scored two runs in each of the last two innings to come from behind, defeating Cal State Northridge (6-27) on Sunday, 5-4. Sunday's victory gave the Gauchos their first series sweep of the year after defeating Northridge on Friday, 5-4 and on Saturday, 6-5.
Nate Sutton walked, Matt Wilkerson reached on an error, and Taylor Vogt singled to pull the Gauchos within two runs. After a fielder's choice by Chris Malec, Bill Rowe singled to score Wilkerson and make the score, 4-3.
Fulton and McCanne singled to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Nate Sutton then smashed an RBI single to right field plating Fulton and tying the game, 4-4. Northridge then moved right fielder Mel Robinson Jr. behind second base to pose as the fifth infielder for the Matadors, increasing their chance of the double play. With the skin of the infield guarded by five Matador players Wilkerson bounced a ball to second base, however, a heads up slide at second base by Sutton broke up the double play, allowing McCanne to score the winning run.
Northridge took an early 4-0 lead, scoring one run in the first inning on a solo home run, two runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Michael Paulk, and another run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by third baseman Wade Friesen.
The Gauchos scored their first run of the ball game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by designated hitter Taylor Vogt.
UCSB saw the return of two players in Chris Malec and Josh McCanne during the three game series with Northridge. The return of these two players provided the Gauchos with extra depth, something UCSB needed today after using nearly every active position player in Sunday's game.
"Depth helped us win this ball game," commented head coach Bob Brontsema. "The return of these players is going to make us a deeper squad."
Sutton tallied two hits and two runs for the Gauchos; Vogt also collected two hits and added two RBI.
The Gauchos return to action Wednesday at home against the Warriors of Westmont. After the mid-week game, UCSB begins Big West Conference play, opening a three-game series with UC Irvine.