April 14, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team (16-21, 3-6 Big West Conference) failed to hold an early lead for the second time in the three-game series, as 14th-ranked Long Beach State (23-10, 8-1 BWC) clawed their way back to a 4-2 win, Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.
The Gauchos stranded 12 base runners and failed to score runs in the fourth and eigth innings with the bases loaded. Jered Weaver (5-2) pitched five innings for the win, scattering eight hits, all singles, giving up two runs. Nate Beucler threw four scoreless innings in relief to pick up the save. All 11 basehits for the Gauchos were singles.
Rich Sorenson (Dana Point, Calif.) takes the loss for UCSB, as the sophomore failed to hold a 2-2 tie in the fifth, giving up two runs on four hits in two-thirds innings of work. Mike Sutherland (Torrance, Calif.) came in to relieve Sorenson and threw three and one-third innings of scoreless ball.
Gaucho starter Matt Moran got his first career start in two years at UCSB, and pitched effectively for the four innings he pitched. Aside from four walks, the senior from Chico, Calif. held the Dirtbag bats in check, giving up only two runs on three hits.
Chris Wright led Long Beach State offensively, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
With the loss, the Gauchos have now gone 1-2 in all three of their Big West Conference series. The schedule ahead only gets tougher for UCSB as they return home to host reigning five-time Big West Champion, Cal State Fullerton, for three games beginning Friday April 19.