April 30, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara (19-24, 1-7) dropped its sixth straight game on Saturday night, losing to No. 2 Cal State Fullerton (32-11, 10-1) 10-5 at Goodwin Field. Freshman Wes Roemer (5-1) picked up the win by scattering 7 hits and striking out 6 for the Titans. Michael Martin (4-5) got tagged for the loss for the Gauchos.
In the game, the Gauchos' weak point proved to be their defense, as 3rd baseman Jack Pinkerton committed back to back throwing errors in the 5 run Titan second. In the inning, the Titans paraded 10 players to the plate, highlighted by back to back doubles off the bats of Brandon Tripp and John Curtis.
Santa Barbara picked up its first run in the third inning when senior David Figoni doubled down the right field line and was driven in on a Matt Aidem single.
Already trailing 10-1 headed into the seventh inning, the Gauchos managed to push one more run across the plate to narrow the deficit to eight. With one out, center fielder Matt Emerick tripled to right field. After Josh LaGrotta walked and was picked off of first base, CJ Cook singled in Emerick to score the run.
The major offensive highlights for the Gauchos came in Santa Barbara's three-run 9th inning. Pinch hitter Chris Webber tripled to center field to start the inning. Following a single and an RBI by David Harrit, Matt Stevens parked a Dave Pherrin pitch over the wall to score the last of the Gaucho runs.
The two teams complete the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00, with Scott Sarver going for Cal State Fullerton and Andy Graham going for the Gauchos. Santa Barbara will try to avoid a second consecutive series sweep.