April 8, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Chris Fox powered UC Santa Barbara (22-9, 5-1) with four RBI in a 2-for-5 performance, to give the Gauchos a 6-5 win over Cal State Northridge (13-14, 3-3) Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Matador Field. The Gauchos' 13-hit effort marked the 18th time in 31 games that they have recorded 10 or more hits. The win increased UCSB's perfect record over Northridge to 5-0 on the year.
Junior center fielder Brian Gump kicked off the first inning with a single to right field, and advanced to third on a Matador throwing error after stealing second base. Fox followed with an RBI groundout, plating Gump for the first Gaucho run of the game. Eric Oliver and Mike Zuanich followed with consecutive singles, bringing shortstop Shane Carlson to the plate. With one out and two on, Carlson ripped a single to center field, scoring Oliver from third. After a half inning of play UCSB was already up, 2-0.
The Gauchos rallied again in the top of the fourth, as freshman right fielder Mark Haddow started things off with a single to right. Gunnar Terhune followed with a single of his own. Haddow would score and Terhune would reach third, after a botched throw on a double-steal attempt from Matador catcher John Parham. Gump loaded the bases after reaching on a fielder's choice. Fox strolled to the plate and calmly laced a two-RBI double down the right field line, scoring Gump and Terhune to put the Gauchos ahead, 5-0.
Northridge wouldn't give in, scoring four times on five hits in the bottom of the fifth. T.S. Reed's RBI single scored C.J. Belanger for the first Matador run of the game. Left fielder Richard Cates followed with a two-RBI single, bringing the Matadors within two, 5-3. Northridge wasn't done just yet, as pinch hitter Chris Hannick singled up the middle, scoring Parham from third. After five innings of play, the Gauchos led, 5-4.
UCSB countered with an insurance run in the sixth, as Gump hit his second triple of the year to left center. Fox delivered his fourth RBI of the game when he singled through the right side, extending the Gaucho lead to two, 6-4.
The Gaucho bullpen secured the win, as five different relievers combined to allow a single run in 4.1 innings of relief. Jason Roenicke slammed the door, pitching his second consecutive perfect ninth.
Kyle Brown (3-0) earned the win, pitching two-thirds of an inning.
Matador starter Eric Billings (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits, in only 1.2 innings of work.
Fox paved the way, going 2-for-5 with four RBI. Gump went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Carlson added a trio of its in a 3-for-5, one RBI effort.
The Gauchos resume play Friday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. as they welcome the newest Big West Conference member, UC Davis, for a three-game set.