April 29, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara (19-22, 1-6) dropped its fifth straight game after falling 9-1 to defending national champion Cal State Fullerton (31-11, 9-1) on Friday night at Goodwin Field.
Only three Gaucho hitters managed to safely hit their way onto the base paths against Titan starter Ricky Romero (9-4). Romero threw eight strong innings, allowing one run in the first inning and blanking the Gaucho offense for the next seven before handing the ball over to Jared Clark to start the ninth.
The Gauchos struck early but not often in Friday night's game. UC Santa Barbara pushed across its only run of the contest in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. After shortstop Alden Carrithers struck out to lead off the game, senior David Figoni drew a walk on four straight pitches. Right fielder Matt Wilkerson followed with a single into left field to put runners on first and second. After a Jack Pinkerton walk, junior Bill Rowe picked up the only Gaucho RBI with a groundout to first base.
The Gaucho lead proved to be short lived. Fullerton quickly erased the deficit by scoring four runs of its own in the bottom half of the first inning. Titan leadoff hitter Blake Davis sent the first pitch he saw from Gaucho starter Steve Morlock into left field for a single. Following a sacrifice bunt, Sergio Pedroza put runners on the corners with a single to left field. After the single, Morlock hit Fullerton's cleanup man Brett Pill to load the bases. Left fielder Danny Dorn cashed in for the Titans with a base hit back up the middle to knock in two and give Fullerton the lead. After a sacrifice fly and a balk that moved Dorn to third base, second baseman Matt Stevens committed an error that allowed the fourth and final Titan run to cross in the inning.
Following a scoreless second inning, Fullerton increased its lead over UCSB in the third. Pedroza started the inning with a single to right field, and Pill parked a 1-2 offering over the wall in left field to extend the Titan lead to 6-1. Fullerton would once again tally two runs in the fifth inning. Dorn picked up his third RBI and second run scored of the contest after doubling home Pill and crossing the plate on a Trevor Mortensen single to make the score 8-1 in favor of the Titans. Fullerton would strike one last time in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of John Curtis.
Although he tossed a complete game, Morlock picked up the loss for the Gauchos and fell to 4-7 on the year.
The Gauchos and Titans will face off again at Goodwin Field tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Michael Martin (4-4) is slated to be on the bump for the Gauchos and Wes Roemer will throw for Fullerton.