April 30, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UCSB (19-21, 5-7) was baffled by Cal State Northridge (19-22, 3-8) starter Edwin Quirarte and his complete game, four-hit shutout that secured a 4-0 CSUN victory over the Gauchos on Sunday in game three of a three-game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Quirarte dealt nine innings, surrendering no runs and no walks while striking out four en route to his third win of the season. Northridge also had three hitters connect for multiple hits on the afternoon. Leadoff man Jonathan Sakurai and senior Paul Wilson each batted two-for-four while shortstop Scott Lyons batted two-for-five with two RBI and a run scored to avoid the weekend sweep.
Freshman designated hitter Matt Clark led the Gauchos offensively, finishing two-for-three on the day. The only other Gauchos to get a hit in the game were senior Matt Emerick and sophomore Alden Carrithers, who doubled to lead off the Gaucho first inning.
Cal State Northridge picked up its first run in the top of the first. After two pitches and two outs, Gaucho starter Brian Tracy gave up a bunt single to Lyons to get the Matadors rolling. On the ensuing play, James Scott doubled to right centerfield to plate Lyons and give CSUN the lead it would never relinquish.
The Matadors were back at it in the fifth, plating two runs to push their advantage to 3-0. A leadoff double by Paul Wilson started the offensive output for Northridge. On the next play, Todd Shelton laid down a bunt that was fielded by Chris McMurray behind the dish, who promptly threw out Wilson at third. After a stolen base by Shelton put a runner at second, back-to-back walks loaded the bases for CSUN. Lyons came up clutch on the next play, singling home two runs and leaving runners at the corners.
CSUN added one more insurance run in the ninth before shutting the door on the Gauchos in the bottom of the inning. After a leadoff single by Shelton to start the inning, UCSB went to the bullpen and summoned submariner Justin Segal. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second before a single to centerfield plated the fourth and final Matador run of the game.
The Gauchos had a runner at second base in the first, fifth and eighth innings, but were unable to get the hit to plate a run. UCSB's best scoring opportunity came in the first when Carrithers doubled to start the inning before Quirarte retired the next three batters in order.
UCSB will continue conference action next weekend when it hosts No. 1 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series starting on Friday at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.