May 3, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Riverside (25-21, 5-8 BWC) scored five runs in the second and four runs in the third inning, cruising to a Big West Conference series opening 11-2 win over UC Santa Barbara (17-27, 3-10 BWC), Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos have now lost five consecutive Big West games.
Highlander starter A.J. Shappi improves his record to 6-3 after holding the Gaucho bats to two runs on six hits in seven-plus innings of work. David Gibson relieved Shappi in the seventh, holding UCSB scoreless in the final two innings.
Gaucho starter Matt Vasquez continues to struggle, losing his six-consecutive decision, as the sophomore from Santa Barbara High School falls to 4-7 on the season. Vasquez lasted only 2.2 innnings, surrendering nine runs on seven hits and three walks. Jeremy Sugarman had one of his better outings of the season in relief, holding UC Riverside to one run in 4.1 innings of relief. Rob More (Torrance, Calif.) and James Dayley (Paul, Idaho.) both threw an inning in relief.
Randy Blood and Jimmy Anderson led Riverside's 14-hit attack, with Blood going 3-for-3 with two doubles and Anderson going 3-for-6. Tim Faulker also hit this third home run of the season for the Highlanders.
Designated hitter Taylor Vogt (Burlingame, Calif.) was the only Gaucho to get more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Josh McCanne has hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season to set a new single season record for UCSB.
The Gauchos and Highlanders return to action tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Tomorrow's game is "Lose the Chew" Day, sponsored by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Former Major League Umpire of 31 years, and voice of the MLB's You Make the Call series, Doug Harvey will talk to both teams and youngsters in the community about the harmful effects of spit tobacco.