May 4, 2003
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge (12-37, 6-8) avoided losing their fifth game this season to UC Santa Barbara (20-25, 3-11) with a convincing 10-4 defeat on Sunday afternoon. Starting pitcher Kyle Jean (1-7) picked up his first victory of the season with six strong innings for the Matadors. Sean Thompson (5-6) wasn't his usual effective self in picking up his third straight loss. Saturday's game was rained out, forcing a double-header on Sunday.
The Matadors put together a two-out rally to score six runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two-on and two-out, Thompson lost his usually pinpoint control. Walking in a run, he then allowed a single to Brett Cayton to give CSUN the lead. With the bases loaded, Thompson balked in a run after attempting to throw to first with nobody covering. Randy Simpson walked to reload the bases. Mark McCauley, atoning for an earlier error at third base, smashed a pitch down the line in right field to clear the bases and give Northridge a 6-1 lead.
CSUN scored another run in the fourth inning. Thompson again loaded the bases after allowing two singles and hitting his third batter of the game, Drew Aguailar. Rich Sorenson came in to relieve the starting pitcher, allowing only one run on a sacrifice fly to escape the jam.
The Gauchos scored a single run in the third inning to give the team a temporary lead. Blair Havens reached base on McCauley's error, and later scored on another error, this time by the catcher Cayton. Another run was scored in the fifth. Havens again led off and reached base with a double. After moving to third, a passed ball brought him in to score Santa Barbara's second run of the game.
Chad Ziemendorf and Josh Fulton hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to give the Gauchos two runs. The home run was the second in as many days for Ziemendorf and gave him a share of the team lead with four on the season. It was the first home run for Fulton this season and the first in the three year career for the senior shortstop.
Michael Paulk launched an opposite field pinch-hit home run to lead off the eighth inning for Northridge.
Game two of the double-header is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the end of the first game. Michael Martin (2-2) will take the mound for the Gauchos. Leo Rosales (4-6) will be the starting pitcher for the Matadors.