May 13, 2006
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara (22-23, 7-9 Big West) continues to have the Dirtbags number, racking out 17 hits and defeating Long Beach State (26-22, 9-4 Big West) for the sixth time in seven times in the series, winning the opener, 8-6.
Robbie Blauer, Chris Valaika and Matt Emerick had three hits a piece, as Andy Graham (5-6) went the first five for the Gauchos, giving up four runs on seven hits, leaving with a 7-4 lead, as The Beach scratched back after trailing by five.
The Dirtbags had 13 hits on the night, three by National Player of the Year candidate Evan Longoria, who drove in a run in the eighth to close to within 8-5. LBSU also left 11 on base.
LBSU had one more rally left in them, getting two hits in the ninth off of closer Justin Segal, but a double play ball scored one and pinch-hitter Ted Pattock struckout to end it.
After closing to within three in the fifth, LBSU left six on base over the next three innings, as UCSB finally pushed one across a deal breaker in the eighth, to lead 8-4, on a two-out single from Shane Carlson.
The double play was the Dirtbags best friend early on, ending the first and third innings, but UCSB kept the pressure on. The Gauchos took a 6-1 lead after their half of the fourth, scoring two unearned runs in the second.
Jared Hughes (7-3) gave up a career-high 10 hits in three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs (four earned). Four other pitchers gave up two runs the rest of the way.
The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.