April 5, 2008
Stockton, Calif. - University of the Pacific (6-21, 1-4) used the exact formula UC Santa Barbara (20-9, 4-1) used to defeat them yesterday, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night at Klein Family Field.
Joe Oliveira's RBI double off UCSB reliever Mike Martin (3-1) scored J.B. Brown for the winning run. Brian Martin singled through the left side to start of the bottom of the ninth. Jonathan Lewis pinch ran for Martin and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by John Joines. J.B. Brown laced a game-tying RBI single to left field, and advanced to second on the play courtesy of a Gaucho fielding error. Oliveira followed with his game-winning RBI double, to give Pacific their first Big West Conference victory of the year.
Prior to the ninth inning Tiger outburst, all the scoring in Saturday's game occurred within the first two innings.
The Gauchos got off to a quick start scoring twice on two hits. With one out, designated hitter Chris Fox singled up the middle. After Eric Oliver grounded out to second base, Mike Zuanich unloaded for a two-run home run to deep left field to put the Gauchos ahead, 2-0.
The Tigers countered in the bottom of the first scoring a run of their own on one error and one hit. After Oliveira reached second on a throwing error, Adam Ching doubled him home to put the Tigers on the board, 2-1.
Both squads put up singular runs in the second. Gaucho catcher Chris McMurray doubled down the left field line to start the top of the second. After advancing to third on a Patrick Rose sac-bunt, McMurray scored on a Mark Haddow ground out to shortstop.
Pacific followed suit, scoring a run on a double to center field by Brown.
Gaucho starter Mario Hollands earned a no-decision, pitching seven strong innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, while striking out five and walking only one. Hollands one-run effort lowered his ERA to 2.70 in seven starts. Through 43 innings pitched, Hollands has struck out 35 while walking only 9.
Pacific starter Mark McCain was tagged for three runs in 7.1 innings of work, striking out two and walking three. Cole Akins (1-4) earned the win, tossing 1.2 innings of relief, allowing two hits, while striking out two and walking only one.
Zuanich led the Gauchos offensively, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI. Shane Carlson went 2-for-4, while Fox went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
The Gauchos resume play on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. as they battle Pacific in the series finale.