April 3, 2010
SACRAMENTO - A late offensive surge by Sacramento State in the second game Saturday and a superb pitching performance in the first game allowed the Hornets to pull off the sweep, defeating UCSB's baseball team 3-0 and 10-9 at Hornet Field.
The Gauchos had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost their final non-conference weekend series before Big West Conference play begins next weekend.
UCSB falls to 12-10 overall while Sac State improves to 10-15-1.
After getting just one hit in the first game, UCSB opened the second game by scoring five runs in the first two innings. However, the Hornets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Jesse Meaux.
The crux of UCSB's offense was Beck Wheeler's three-run home run in the second inning, the second straight game the Gaucho designated hitter went deep.
In the third inning Ryan Palermo's two-run double gave the Gauchos a 7-4 lead.
Sac State scratched out a run in the bottom of the third before exploding for four more runs in the sixth inning off Meaux.
Justin Lamb's single scored the Hornets' first run of the frame and after a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Josh Powers' two-run single gave Sac State an 8-7 lead.
The Hornets tacked on their fourth run on a sac fly.
UCSB rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game when Ryan Tregoning hit a two-out, pinch-hit double down the left field line.
But Blake Miller hit a run-scoring single with two outs off Nick Loredo (0-2) to give Sac State a lead it would never relinquish.
But, the hero in game one, Andrew Galvan, came in to get Tregoning to fly out to end the game for his fourth save. Galvan pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just one hit, in game one.
In the first game, UCSB managed just one hit - Beck Wheeler's fourth inning infield single - and couldn't support ace left-hander Mario Hollands. The junior from El Cerrito, Calif. pitched all eight innings, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits while striking out seven. Hollands falls to 2-2 on the season.
Brandon Creel and Andrew Galvan combined to shut down the Gauchos in the first game, which started at 11 a.m. after Friday's game was postponed due to rain. The duo struck out six combined batters and didn't walk a batter between them. The game was played in a crisp two hours.
UCSB hosts Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before playing at Cal Poly to open conference play next weekend. The Gauchos' first conference weekend series is against Cal State Fullerton the weekend of April 16.
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New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play duties with every Big West weekend series scheduled to air live on the radio and streaming live online. Click here for more information and a schedule of baseball games on the air!
Earlier this year UCSB revealed a new look and the baseball team is sporting some new logos and uniforms on the field. Be sure to come to the baseball team's home games to outfit yourself in the new gear! Click here to take a look at the new logos and uniforms the Gauchos are wearing. All new gear is available for purchase at UCSB home baseball games.