May 9, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
In Tuesday's 2-0 shutout loss to 14th-ranked Loyola Marymount, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team had to feel a little like Gilligan, The Skipper and the guests aboard the S.S. Minnow. Stranded.
The Gauchos stranded 14 base runners over the first seven innings and failed to take advantage of five Lion fielding errors in the defeat. Loyola Marymount, on the other hand, scored a run in the first and another in the third and then went scoreless the rest of the way.
LMU scored its first run when center fielder Mike Hymes led the game off with a single to center field. Hymes then stole second. After left fielder David Maffei struck out swinging, catcher Scott Walter singled up the middle to score Hymes and give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, UCSB came as close to scoring as it would. Shortstop Jeff Bannon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Catcher Donovan Warrecker then drilled a single to left field with Bannon stopping at second. After center fielder R.J. Smith struck out looking, right fielder Andy Campanella singled to shortstop to load the bases. Left fielder Jeff Carter then bounced back to pitcher Justin Abreu who came to the plate for a force on Bannon. First baseman Mike Kolbach ended the inning by grounding out to first base.
The Lions doubled their output in the top half of the third. With Joe Isaacson on the mound in relief of starter Jeremy Sugarman, Walter singled with one out. Shortstop Jason Aspito then singled to left field with Walter stopping at second. Walter then moved to third base on a fly out to right field by second baseman Anthony Angel. Aspito then got caught off of first base by Isaacson and while he was out Isaacson to Kolbach to Bannon, Walter scampered home with the second and final run of the game.
In addition to leaving the bases loaded in the second, the Gauchos left two runners on in the first, third, fourth, fifth and seventh. In all, UCSB collected only five hits on the afternoon, a double by Kolbach and singles by Carter, Bannon, Campanella and Donovan Warrecker. LMU had eight hits and stranded eight runners of their own.
Not only were their a total of 22 runners left on in the game, but there were also 19 strikeouts, 12 were called third strikes.
LMU's Justin Abreu went the distance for his fourth win of the season, striking out nine and walking three. Sugarman was tagged with the loss, going two innings and giving up three hits and one run. Isaacson pitched well, allowing only four hits and a run in five innings. Jim Bullard went two innings allowing only one hit and no runs.
The Gauchos drop to 24-23 on the season. They will complete their home schedule this weekend when they host Sacramento State in a three game series. Friday's game will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday's game will begin at Noon (originally slated at 1:00 p.m.) and Sunday's home finale will begin at 1:00 p.m.
The Lions are now 36-15 on the year.