May 22, 2004
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara batted around in both the seventh and eighth innings, scoring a dozen runs to overcome a 6-4 deficit and beat Cal Poly 17-6 in the second game of a three-game Big West Conference baseball series Saturday afternoon before 960 in Baggett Stadium.
The win improved the Gauchos' overall mark to 33-20 and Big West record to 10-10. Cal Poly, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, fell to 37-23-1 and 9-11 in the Big West.
UCSB sent 13 batters to the plate for seven runs on seven consecutive hits, turning a 6-4 deficit into an 11-6 advantage. The Gauchos then sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth, producing five runs on six hits for a 16-6 cushion.
Loren Fraser, the second of three Gaucho pitchers, benefitted from the late explosions, earning his sixth win in seven decisions. He allowed one run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out and he did not walk a batter.
Cal Poly used seven pitchers in the four-hour game -- Frank McLaughlin (2-1) suffering the loss.
Third baseman Nate Sutton had two doubles and a triple among his four hits, driving in four runs to lead the Gauchos offensively. Center fielder Matt Emerick also had four hits, all singles, and knocked in a pair of runs.
Second baseman Chris Malec, shortstop Chris Valaika, left fielder Matt Stevens and catcher Matt Kalafatis all had two hits each as UCSB outhit Cal Poly 21-13. Malec and Valaika each drove in a pair of runs.
The Nos. 7-9 hitters in the Gaucho lineup produced eight of UCSB's 21 hits.
Cal Poly's top performer at the plate was senior second baseman Adam Leavitt with his first three-hit game of the season. He knocked in one run. Center fielder Sam Herbert, designated hitter Brandon Roberts and shortstop Josh Mayo all had two hits apiece.
One of Tietje's hits was his 23rd double of the season, No. 2 all-time at Cal Poly and two behind record-holder Taber Maier.
With Friday's 5-2 win, the Mustangs tied the school Division I record for wins in a season with their 37th. The 1997 squad posted a 37-21 record.
Final game of the regular season for both clubs is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. in Baggett Stadium, with Cal Poly to send junior right-hander Jonathan Fleming (4-1, 3.02 ERA) against UCSB sophomore right-hander Steve Morlock (7-4, 4.66 ERA)