April 26, 2008
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (28-13, 7-4) got back to their winning ways, beating Cal Poly (18-21, 6-8) 8-4 Saturday night at Baggett Stadium. Mario Hollands and the Gauchos bounced back from a disappointing series opener yesterday to earn their seventh Big West win of the season. Hollands (5-2) earned his fifth win on Saturday, allowing only two runs in six innings of work.
Cal Poly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Following a Luke Yoder double, Brent Morel doubled to left field for the first run of the game. With two-out and the bases juiced, Kyle Smith drew a walk to force in the second Mustang run of the inning.
UCSB quickly tied things up scoring a pair of runs in the top half of the second. With runners on the corners and two-out, Steve Cook lined an RBI single through the left side of the infield, bringing the Gauchos within one, 2-1. Designated hitter Gunnar Terhune followed with an RBI single up the middle, tying the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless bottom half of the second, the Gauchos scored two more runs in the top of the third. Following a Chris Fox groundout, Eric Oliver singled up the middle to put a runner on with one out. Cleanup hitter Mike Zuanich then launched his 12th home run of the year, a two-run shot to deep left field. Zuanich's blast gave the Gauchos a 4-2 after three and half.
The Gauchos extended their lead to five with three runs in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and two-out, Chris McMurray lined a bases-clearing triple down the right field line. McMurray hit the first pitch he saw for his first triple of the year, driving in Patrick Rose, Oliver, and Zuanich. After five innings of play, UCSB held a 7-2 advantage.
The Mustangs clawed back with a run in the seventh as Dorrell's RBI single to left field closed the gap to four, 7-3.
After the Gauchos scored a run in the top of the eighth courtesy of a bases loaded walk, Cal Poly scored a run of their own in the bottom half.
It wouldn't be enough for the Mustangs as Zach Samuels pitched a perfect ninth to secure the 8-4 win for the Gauchos.
Hollands allowed seven hits in six innings, while striking out five and walking only two.
Chris McMurray led the way going 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. Zuanich added a hit and two runs scored in a two RBI effort as well.
UCSB finishes out the three-game set against Cal Poly tomorrow, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Baggett Stadium.