May 6, 2003
Westwood, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (21-26, 4-11) couldn't hold a one run lead with its top closer on the mound in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. UCLA (23-26) fought back with two runs in its last at bat to win the game, 8-7. Brett McMillan doubled down the right field line with one out to score two runners and give the Bruins the win.
Steve Morlock (3-5) took the loss after surrendering the fateful runs. Morlock walked the first two batters of the inning to put the winning runs on base. After striking out the next batter, McMillan delivered the clutch hit. Morlock, a freshman right hander, was attempting to earn his team-leading ninth save.
Santa Barbara struck first, scoring one run in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Josh Fulton and Brian Adams singled. Nate Sutton continued the trend, placing a single in center field, bringing Fulton in to score.
It took the Bruins exactly one batter to tie the score back up. McMillan led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to right field, making the score 1-1. McMillan, the designated hitter, finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.
Chad Ziemendorf once again blasted a ball out of the park, the fourth straight game in which he has done so. The Gaucho backstop now has six homers this season, the team leader in that category. Ziemendorf's shot gave UCSB a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
UCLA once again responded with a home run. Brandon Averill launched his seventh of the season with a two-run bomb off of Gaucho starter Eric Posthumus in the bottom of the fourth to cut the defecit to one.
The Bruins weren't done, as they teed off on Posthumus for two more blasts in the fifth inning. Wes Whisler brought in two and gave UCLA the lead with his shot to left center. With two outs, Christian Lewis hit his first round-tripper of the season, making the score 6-4 and chasing Posthumus from the game.
Santa Barbara showed some power in the seventh inning. Chris Malec led off the inning with his second homer of the season, bringing the Gauchos within one. A walk to Ziemendorf and a succesful sacrifice bunt by Fulton set Sutton up with his second RBI single of the evening to tie the score. Nic Rodriguez followed with a single up the middle. Second baseman Preston Griffin booted the ball, allowing Sutton to score after advancing to third on the single, giving UCSB the lead.
Bryan Beck (3-5) picked up the win with 2.1 innings of relief. He dominated the Gaucho hitters, not allowing a single base runner while striking out four.
Jared Edrosolan was effective in relief for the Gauchos. Edrosolan pitched 3.1 innings of shut-down relief and was in line for the victory, which would have been his first on the year. The right hander allowed only one base hit and kept the Bruins off the board, allowing UCSB to climb back into the lead.
Malec and Sutton had two hits for Santa Barbara. Malec and Ziemendorf scored twice.
Fulton saved a potential run in the bottom of the second inning. With two on and two out, the Gaucho shortstop dove and snagged a one-hopper in the hole. He recovered just in time to fire and force out the Bruin runner at second and end the inning.
UC Santa Barbara returns home this Friday to host the Pacific Tigers for a three game Big West Conference matchup. Game one is slated for 2:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday's games are at 1:00 pm at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Matt Vasquez (3-4, 5.24 ERA), Michael Martin (2-2, 6.93) and Sean Thompson (5-6, 5.32) make up the scheduled weekend rotation.