April 17, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. - On Sunday afternoon, UC Santa Barbara (14-16, 2-4) received its third consecutive solid pitching performance against seventh-ranked Cal State Fullerton (27-9, 8-1) Unfortunately for the Gauchos, the result was the same as the first two games, a one-run loss, as the Titans scored three in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win.
UCSB carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but left hander Nick Capito, who entered the game in the bottom of the seventh to get the final out and then tossed a perfect eighth, walked leadoff hitter Chad Wallach to start the ninth.
The walk to Wallach prompted the Gauchos to turn to closer Nick Loredo. Austin Kingsolver pinch ran for Wallach. The first batter that Loredo faced, pinch hitter Walker Moore, flied out to center field. Another pinch hitter, Anthony Hutting, struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch and there were two outs.
Ivory Thomas, a thorn in UCSB's side all weekend, singled to right field with Kingsolver moving to third. With Thomas running, Loredo threw a pitch in the dirt and there were runners at second and third. Anthony Trajano hit a roller up the middle that went into center field, both Kingsolver and Thomas scored to tie the score at four.
Trajano went to second on a balk by Loredo and Nick Ramirez walked. Blake Barber, who entered the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter, lined a single into right center, scoring Trajano with the winning run.
The three-run ninth by the Titans overshadowed an outstanding pitching performance by UCSB starter Matt Vedo. The junior went 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and a pair of runs to the Big West's first-place team.
Santa Barbara jumped to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning. With one out, Brandon Trinkwon doubled down the right field line. Sean Williams singled through the right side with Trinkwon stopping at third. Williams went to second when right fielder Michael Lorenzen's throw went awry. Trinkwon came home and Williams went to third on a passed ball. Williams pulled up his anchor and scored on a wild pitch by Titan starter Tyler Pill, giving the Gauchos a 2-0 lead.
Fullerton cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first when Thomas doubled to dead center, stole third and scored when Trajano grounded out.
The Gauchos scored a run in the top of the fourth to push the lead to 3-1. Right fielder Mark Haddow singled, stole second and galloped to third when Fullerton catcher Casey Watkins' heave went into center field. Haddow trotted home on a ground out by Joe Wallace, giving UCSB a 3-1 lead.
Fullerton got one run back in the bottom of the fourth. Lorenzen walked and stole second. One out later, he came home on a Wallach single to make the score 3-2.
UCSB added a run in the top of the ninth when Haddow opened with a single. He was moved to second on a sacrifice by first baseman Trevor Whyte. After Wallace flied out, Ryan Palermo walked to put runners at first and second. Freshman catcher Joe Winterburn, who saved the game for the Gauchos by throwing out two Fullerton runners attempting to steal in the bottom of the seventh, singled up the gut to plate Haddow, giving UCSB a 4-2 lead.
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