Losing Streak Continues As Gaucho Baseball Comes Up Short Again
April 19, 2003
Fullerton, Calif. - Head coach Bob Brontsema wasn't concerned about winning one game against Cal State Fullerton (34-8, 8-1), he was concerned about winning the series. Unfortunately, UC Santa Barbara (18-21, 1-8) wasn't able to come away with even one victory, advancing their season-long losing streak to eight games. The second straight conference sweep leaves the Gauchos sitting in last place in the Big West.
UC Santa Barbara jumped out to their first lead of the series in the first inning against Fullerton. The first four batters to face Titan starting pitcher Jason Windsor all reached base. Brian Adams drew a full-count walk to start things off. Nate Sutton, Nic Rodriguez and Josh McCanne all followed with singles to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead.
As all good teams are able to do, the number two team in the nation responded with three runs of their own to reclaim the lead. Richie Burgos doubled to left-center to drive in two runs. He then scored when P.J. Pilittere followed with a double of his own.
The Gauchos continued their hitting, leading off the second inning with consecutive singles. Unable to score the runners with a hit, Windsor allowed Santa Barbara to tie the score when he balked in Nate Sutton to tie the game 3-3.
Leading 5-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Fullerton put together a big inning. Loading up the bases with one out against Gaucho starter Matt Vasquez, the Titans forced Mike Sutherland to come in and try to extinguish the threat. Burgos was less than happy to oblige, as he crushed a pitch to the wall in right-center, clearing the bases. Burgos had his second double and fifth RBI on the day. The Titan first baseman then scored on a sacrifice fly by Pilittere, giving CSF a 9-4 lead.
The Titans scored three runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth innings.
Windsor picked up his sixth victory on the season, improving his record to 6-1. The junior right-hander pitched five innings allowing four earned runs and striking out five Gauchos.
Vasquez was given his fourth loss on the season after lasting 5.1 innings, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits.
Fullerton outscored UCSB 38-14 and outhit them 45-26 in the three game series.
UCSB moves on to face USC on Tuesday at 5:00 pm at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. After the midweek game, the Gauchos will host Long Beach State at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for a three game Big West Conference series starting on Friday at 2:00 pm. The weekend games both start at 1:00 pm.