May 18, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Despite a late comeback charge by Sacramento State (18-33, 1-19 Big West), the UC Santa Barbara baseball team's (31-20, 7-13 Big West) early lead was just enough, as they held on to win 8-7, extending their season-best winning streak to four games, in Big West Conference action Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos led 8-0 after three innings, highlighted by sophomore thirdbaseman, Nate Sutton's (Santa Cruz, Calif.) Grand Slam, that keyed a six-run third inning.
However, late in the game, the Hornets battled back to pull within one run of tying the game, after scoring seven unanswered runs-three in the seventh, and four in the eighth, to pull to 8-7.
James Garcia (Torrance, Calif.) picked up his second save of the season for UCSB, coming into the game with one out in the eighth inning, after Matt Moran (Chico, Calif.) and James Dayley (Paul, Idaho) gave up two runs to make it a 8-5 game. Despite giving up a single to Chris Kinsey that scored two more runs in the eighth to make it 8-7, Garcia was able to strikeout his second batter of the inning to escape the eighth, and then pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.
Eric Posthumus (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gets the win for the Gauchos, improving to 6-1 on the season. The freshman went seven innings, scattering seven hits while striking out four. Posthumus carried a shutout into the seventh, until giving up three runs.
The reigning Big West pitcher of the week, Jeff Groeger (6-8) takes the loss, getting shelled for eight runs in 2.2 innings of work. Warren Rosebrock came in to relieve Groeger and provided quality relief, by shutting out the Gaucho offense in his 5.1 innings of work.
Shortstop Dave Licht (Huntington Beach, Calif.) continued his hot hitting for the Gauchos, going 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI. The senior is 7-for-9 with five RBI, so far in the series. Blair Havens also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Gauchos.
Sacramento State was led offensively by Kinsey and Matt Wilson. Kinsey went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI, and Wilson went 1-for-3, hitting his third home run on the year, on a two run blast in the seventh inning.
Tommorrow's game will be senior day for the Gauchos with seven seniors-Licht, Garcia, Moran, Jeremy Sugarman, R.J. Smith, Rob More and Andy Campanella playing their last home game at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 noon.