May 25, 2002
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - After being shutout for the first three innings, UC Santa Barbara (22-31, 8-14 Big West) exploded for 15 runs in the next four innings, defeating Cal Poly (28-29-1, 13-9 Big West) in blowout fashion, 19-10, in Big West Conference action on Friday night at Baggett Stadium.
Catcher Taylor Vogt (Burlingame, Calif.) led the 19-hit barrage, going 3-for-4 with two triples, a double, four runs scored and two RBI. Vogt was so hot, the Mustangs opted to pitch to Ryan Spilborghs and Matt Wilkerson-the Gauchos top home run hitters, intentionally walking him twice.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth, the Gauchos put up three runs in the fourth to tie the game up. Following a Cal Poly run in the bottom of the inning, the Gauchos scored two more runs in the fifth to retake the lead, 5-4, which they would not relinquish.
The sixth inning saw the Gauchos score eight runs including back-to-back home runs by first baseman Josh McCanne (Mammoth, Calif.) and Nate Sutton (Santa Cruz, Calif.) to take a 13-4 lead. Prior to his home run, Sutton hit a triple earlier in the inning. The Gauchos hit for the cycle in the inning with their six hits.
Cal Poly would claw their way back into the game by scoring six unanswered runs to trail 15-10 after eight innings. However, the Gauchos would score four runs in the ninth to make it 19-10.
Sean Thompson (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was the main beneficiary of the Gaucho offensive charge, getting the win despite giving up six runs. Thompson improves to 4-3 on the season, going seven innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out three.
All nine Gaucho starters had a base hit in the game with eight-of the-nine getting two hits apiece. Center fielder Ryan Spilborghs (Santa Barbara, Calif.) hit his 14th home run on the year with a two-run shot to straight-away center in the seventh inning, following a Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) double.
The Gauchos and Mustangs will get back together to play game two of the three game set tommorrow, at 1:00 p.m. back at Baggett Stadium.