UC Santa Barbara Extends Winning Streak With Sweep of Sacramento State
April 4, 2004
UC Santa Barbara's Steve Morlock carried a no-hitter through six innings while the Gauchos scored runs in six of nine innings to defeat the Sacramento State baseball team, 10-1, Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field. The win marked the first Gaucho sweep over an opponent since last March 28-30 against Cal State Northridge.
The Gauchos improved to 20-10 as the Hornets fell to an even 19-19. UCSB extended its winning streak to nine games, its longest in 14 years. The Hornets have now lost four-consecutive games for the first time since 2002.
UC Santa Barbara took an 8-0 lead after the fifth inning after scoring a run in the first, two in the second, one in the third and two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. The Gauchos took advantage of 11 walked batters, five wild pitches, two hit batsmen and two balks by the Hornet pitching staff.
Sacramento State ended Morlock's bid for a no-hitter in the seventh inning when junior Andy Hnilo dropped a base hit into left-center field with two out. Gaucho left-fielder Bill Rowe made a diving attempt at the drive but the ball popped out of his glove as he hit the ground.
The Hornets got on the board with a run in the eighth inning after an RBI single by junior Craig Johnson. Senior Jack Arroyo doubled to left center with two outs before Johnson followed with a single through the left side. The run helped Sacramento State avoid being shutout in consecutive games for the first time since 1993.
The Gauchos added two more runs in the ninth inning after a two-run single by Chris Malec to right field.
Morlock (5-4) allowed only one hit while walking four and striking out four in 7.0 innings.
Freshman Justin Demé (2-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out five in 3.0 innings of work.