May 18, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara took an early lead and never trailed Cal Poly as they defeated the Mustangs in the final game of the 2003 season, 9-5. Starter Sean Thompson earned the victory for UCSB, Mustang pitcher Andrew McDaniel suffered the loss. Jared Edrosolan was credited with his second save of 2003 and first since the opening game of the season against San Diego State.
Matt Wilkerson singled, stole second base and later scored on a base hit up the middle by Chris Malec giving the Gauchos an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. UCSB added another run in the inning on a single by Blair Havens.
Aaron Wise and Sam Herbert both doubled and Adam Leavitt singled to start the top of the third inning. Herbert later came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Billy Saul, giving the Mustangs their second run of the inning and tying the game, 2-2.
The Gauchos regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs on five hits and one Mustang error. The UCSB rally began on back-to-back doubles by catcher Chad Ziemendorf and Malec to lead off the inning. Ziemendorf later scored on an errant throw to first base by Cal Poly second baseman Adam Leavitt. The Gauchos manufactured two more runs in the inning on an RBI single by Nate Sutton and an RBI triple by McCanne to make the score, 6-3.
Cal Poly used four singles and a Sean Thompson wild pitch to pull within one of UC Santa Barbara's lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Josh Fulton collected his first hit of the day with an RBI single passed the shortstop in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase the Gaucho lead, 7-5.
UCSB took advantage of another Mustang error as Malec trotted home after a wild throw by the shortstop skipped passed Cal Poly first baseman Kyle Wilson in bottom of the seventh inning. The Gauchos added one more in the bottom of the eighth inning on a pinch hit RBI single by Matt Stevens, extending their lead, 9-5.
Malec led all Gaucho hitters going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI. Rodriguez also chipped in with two hits.
Today marked the last collegiate game for five Gaucho seniors including first baseman Josh McCanne, shortstop Josh Fulton, outfielder Blair Havens, designated hitter Nic Rodriguez and pitcher Sean Thompson. All four Gaucho position players recorded hits in Sunday's game, while Thompson earned his sixth victory of the season in his last start in a UCSB uniform.
After finishing 40-17 in 2001 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament the Gauchos have failed to finish over .500 the last two seasons. However, despite this years 25-28 overall mark and 8-13 conference record, UCSB ended the 2003 season on a positive note with three-straight conference series wins against Cal State Northridge, Pacific, and Cal Poly.