April 1, 2006
HILO, Hawaii -
For six innings of a doubleheader, the University of Hawaii at Hilo baseball team traded blows with the University of California-Santa Barbara at the plate before the Gauchos began to assault the Vulcan pitchers en route to a 8-4, 12-1 doubleheader sweep.
"They hit the ball well and threw pretty good pitching at us," UHH Head Coach Joey Estrella said. "They swing the bat and again we gave them some untimely walks. We had opportunities to score early and we didn't do it.
"When we don`t have the home run power, we have to take advantage of all the scoring opportunities."
A five-run seventh inning gave the Gauchos the runs they needed to win game one. An intentional walk to Robbie Blauer loaded the bases before Brian Gump's two-run single broke a 3-3 score. Matt Emerick, Shane Carlson and Austin Hogans followed with RBI singles to seal the game.
Emerick's second inning single gave the Gauchos the 1-0 lead in the game one. Blauer got the inning going with a single and moved to second on Gump's bunt. Emerick's single to right center was deep enough for Blauer to race home.
Blauer scored again in the fourth. After hitting a double, he moved to third on another Gump bunt then scored on Emerick's triple to right center.
The ball started bouncing the Vulcans way in the fourth as back-to-back to singles by Mark Veneri and Tyler Curtis put runners at the corners. UCSB's Carlson fielded Matt Haasenritter's grounder but his throw pulled the second baseman off the base. Veneri scored on the error.
The game was tied in the fifth by Dayne Ogawa's single. Robbie Mowers was hit by a pitch before Campbell put down the sacrifice bunt. Ogawa then hit one through the left infield for the tying turn.
In the sixth, the Gaucho produced another run as Bauer lead off with his third hit of the game followed by Gump's bunt. Emerick's blooper along the right field line was enough for Bauer to score.
The Vulcans came back for a run with a wild pitch being the key. Tyler Curtis doubled and moved to third on a ground out. Curtis scored when the pitch hit the back stop on the fly.
Jimmy Crider and Michael Higa hit consecutive doubles for a run in the seventh.
The Gauchos were led by Blauer's 3 for 3 performance and Emerick's 4 for 4, four RBI game.
Crider and Curtis paired hits for the Vulcans.
The Gauchos will be back in action on Tuesday when it visits USC before hosting UC Riverside in the first conference series of the year over the weekend.