April 18, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Riverside's Matt Cunningham delivered a one-out run scoring single in the bottom of the twelvth to guide the Highlanders to a 5-3 win on Sunday and a three-game sweep over UC Santa Barbara in this weekend's Big West Conference series. The loss for the Gauchos marks the first time UCSB has lost three consecutive games this season.
Santa Barbara's second extra-inning loss drops its record to 23-15 and 1-5 in the Big West. UCR improves to 24-15 and 4-2 in conference play.
Junior right-hander Nate Holguin (0-1) suffered the defeat for UCSB after tossing two innings and surrendering two runs on four hits. The two runs came in the twelvth when Cunningham plated designated hitter Nick Salotti and was followed two batters later by Scott Powis' RBI single to left center.
Riverside out hit the Gauchos 13-12 while the teams both stranded ten runners on base.
UCSB took an early 1-0 lead when right-fielder Matt Wilkerson dropped an RBI single to right field in the first to bring around the Gauchos' leading run scorer Nate Sutton. But the Highlanders charged back with RBI singles from shortstop Brian Steinmeyer and Powis to get two of their own in the second to take a 2-1 lead. They would never trail again.
The Gauchos tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth when center fielder Brian Adams and catcher Matt Kalafatis teamed up to produce a run. With two down, Adams singled to right center, stole second and then scored when Kalafatis roped a base hit up the middle.
Both teams exchanged a run in the fifth and the score remained knotted at 3-3 until the twelvth.
In the no-decision, UCSB right-hander Steve Morlock tied his longest outing of the year with eight strong innings. The sophomore allowed just three runs on seven hits while setting a career high with eight strikeouts. Southpaw Ivan Ramirez took the Gauchos into the tenth after 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Holguin entered with one out in the tenth and escaped the next two innings, giving up just one hit. Junior Loren Fraser relieved Holguin after the damage had been done in the twelvth.
UCR reliever Jaymie Torres pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball to earn his first win of the year. Brian Hoff nailed it down for the Highlanders in the twlevth for his sixth save of the year.