April 13, 2003
Riverside, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (18-18, 1-5) came away from their trip to face UC Riverside (27-9, 4-2) with very little to show for it. After Friday's 4-3 loss, the Gauchos were blown away 10-2 on Saturday and then crushed on Sunday by a score of 18-4.
The series marked the first time the Gauchos have been swept in a three game series all season long. Sunday was the highest run total UCSB have given up this year. The series saw UCSB get outscored 32-9.
Starting pitcher Ivan Ramirez (2-1) made his first start for the Gauchos and took the loss. He lasted only two-plus inings, leaving after allowing the first two runners in the third inning to reach base. Ramirez surrendered five earned runs off of seven hits.
UCR received another solid pitching performance from their starter. Julio Fernandez (3-1) wasn't even certain to make the start after battling the flu all week long, but head coach Jack Smitheran sure is happy that he did. Fernandez lasted 6.1 innings, getting chased after the Gauchos strung together a few hits in the top of the seventh.
It didn't take long for UC Riverside to jump out to the lead. Ramirez surrendered a single and a double to the first two Highlander batters he faced. After a hit batter and a wild pitch, Randy Blood delivered a one-out single to make the score 3-0 in Riverside's favor. Jason Collette followed up with a double to left-center, giving UCR another run.
The Gauchos fought back to score a couple of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Brian Adams and Nate Sutton singled to start the inning, the first runners of the day for UCSB. Bill Rowe singled with one out to drive home Adams, moving Sutton to third and breaking up the shutout. Chris Malec followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing home Sutton and making the score 5-2 Highlanders. Matt Wilkerson doubled off the wall in right field, but a perfect relay throw by second baseman Scott Powis nailed Rowe at the plate.
Brian Emmons hit a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the second for UCR. Matt Cunningham hit a solo shot as well in the fifth inning.
UC Riverside put the game well out of reach with a big sixth inning. Sending 11 batters to the plate, the Highlanders scored five more runs to run up the score to 16-2. Kevin Mangels topped off the inning with a grand slam deep to left field.
Brian Wahlbrink was 4-for-5 before leaving the game for a defensive replacement. Mangles ended his day 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Bill Rowe was 2-for-3 as the Gaucho designated hitter. Rowe scored once and collected one RBI.
UC Santa Barbara heads out to Fullerton next weekend to continue their Big West season. Because of the holiday on Sunday, the first game will be played on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The series continues on Friday at 7:00 pm and wraps up on Saturday at 1:00 pm.