May 2, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Riverside exploded for a six-run fourth inning and it was enough for the Highlanders to take Sunday's game - and thus, the Big West series - from UC Santa Barbara, 10-3.
Jesse Meaux, who pitched a pearl of a game last Sunday at Long Beach State, was roughed up for eight runs and 12 hits in four innings as the Highlanders scored all six runs in the fourth with two outs.
The loss drops the Gauchos to 19-19 overall and 5-7 in the Big West. UCR improves to 23-14, 7-5.
Four straight two-out hits to center field - the last a two-run double by Justin Shults - scored four runs before Tony Nix hit a two-run home run to left field to finish up the damage.
UCSB tried to chip away, though.
Whyte finished 2-for-4 while Valaika and Mark Haddow also had two hits apiece.
The Gaucho bullpen, which entered the game having allowed just one earned run in its past 17.1 innings pitched, was again solid. Nick Loredo, Connor Whalen and David Meals combined to allow two earned runs in five innings of work on Sunday.
UCSB will travel to Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. game before hosting Cal State Northridge in a three-game weekend series beginning next Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday's and Sunday's games, both 1 p.m. starts, can be heard live online by clicking here and will be broadcast on AM 1490.
Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB or by purchasing online and printing at home!
And, don't forget, UCSB Director of Athletics Mark Massari will be on the UCSB Athletics weekly radio show, "Talk'n Gauchos" which airs live from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Fans can send him questions to be read on the air by visiting our Talk'n Gauchos page.