Come Back Falls Short as UCSB Falls to UCLA, 9-8

April 16, 2005

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Matt Kalafatis went 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run (2), three RBI and two runs scored as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (18-18) dropped to UCLA (8-23) 9-8, snapping its 19 game losing streak, on Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Junior first baseman Bill Rowe hammered his third home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

UCLA right fielder Chris Jensen blasted a three run home run (1) in the top of the third inning to help the Bruins take an early 5-0 lead.

The Gauchos got on scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning as UCLA starting pitcher Brian Beck balked in Kalafatis, making the score 5-1.

The Bruins scored one run in the top of the fourth inning and another in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to six runs.

The Gauchos cut the lead down to two as they tallied for four run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior left fielder C.J. Cook drove in freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem with a base hit to right field. Two batters later, Kalafatis cleared the bases with the first Gaucho inside-the-park home run in 18 years. Erik Johnson was the last player to hit one on February 4, 1987 against Westmont.

Santa Barbara came all they back to pull even with the Bruins in the bottom of the eighth inning as Rowe hit a three-run laser over the wall in right field.

The game would not stay tied for very long as the Bruins took back the lead in the top of the eighth inning. Designated hitter Hector Ambriz singled and then moved over to second as relief pitcher Loren Fraser balked for the first time this season. He was quickly cashed in as first baseman Brett McMillian hit an RBI-single to center field.

Sophomore starting pitcher Andy Graham received a no decision as he tossed 4.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs while striking out two.

Senior Loren Fraser (3-3) dropped his third game of the season, giving up the final run to UCLA in the top of the eighth.

UCLA pitcher Brian Schroeder (1-3) earned the victory by tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Paul Oseguera picked-up his first career save by keeping the Bruins ahead in the ninth.

The Gauchos and the Bruins will complete the series tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.