April 2, 2004
The UC Santa Barbara baseball team won its seventh consecutive game and sophomore right-hander Michael Martin improved to a perfect 8-0 as the Gauchos rolled by Sacramento State 10-5 Friday afternoon at Hornet Field.
UCSB improves to 18-10 while the Hornets fall to 19-17.
Martin (8-0) earned the win after allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits while walking four and striking out four in 6.0 innings of work. Senior southpaw Ivan Ramirez registered his first save after allowing only two hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
Santa Barbara scored four early runs to take a 4-0 lead after two innings. In the first, Taylor Vogt drove in Nate Sutton from second with a single to right field. In the second inning, Greg Powers hit a three-run home run over the right-field wall.
Sacramento State cut the deficit to 4-2 with a run in the third and a run in the fourth. Freshman Billy Sinacori scored the Hornets' first run when he advanced home on a balk by Gaucho starter Michael Martin. In the fourth, junior Buddy Morales drove in junior Ronnie Machado, Jr., from third with a sacrifice fly to right. Machado, Jr., led off the inning with a triple to right-center field.
The Gauchos increased their lead to 5-2 in the fifth after an RBI single to short by Matt Wilkerson scored Vogt from third.
The Hornets made it 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth when junior Andy Hnilo scored from first base after a two-base error by Matt Emerick in center field. Junior Bret LeVier hit single to center and the ball got past a charging Emerick to allow Hnilo to score.
UCSB took a 7-3 advantage in the seventh after Vogt scored on a passed ball and Bill Rowe hit an RBI single to center field.
Sacramento State added another run in the bottom of the seventh when Hnilo drove in junior Brett Flowers from third with an RBI groundout to short. Flowers led off the inning with a double to left-center field.
The Gauchos increased their lead to 8-4 in the eighth after a solo homer down the left-field line by Matt Kalafatis. The shot was Kalafatis' first as a Gaucho.
The Hornets answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth after junior Craig Johnson hit an RBI single to right with the bases loaded. With one out and the bases still loaded, Gaucho reliever Ivan Ramirez induced an inning-ending double play to end the Hornet threat.
UCSB pushed the advantage to 10-5 in the ninth when Valaika drove in a run with a fielder's choice to short and Kalafatis hit an RBI single to left field.