May 26, 2007
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Grant Theophilus threw a complete game and gave up just one run to lead Cal Poly to a 5-1 series-clinching Big West Conference victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Gaucho senior first baseman Robbie Blauer extended his hitting streak to 21 games with one contest remaining in the regular season.
UCSB, which has lost four consecutive games, fell to 23-30 overall and 9-11 in the Big West. Cal Poly, which eked out a 12-11 win in Friday's series opener, upped its season mark to 31-24 and is now 12-8 in conference play.
Theophilus (2-2), a junior left-hander, pitched six scoreless innings until the Gauchos plated their lone run in the seventh. The Huntington Beach native gave up nine hits, walked two, and matched a career-high with six strikeouts to record his first complete game as a Mustang.
Cal Poly went to work early, scoring two runs in the first inning. Luke Yoder led off the game with a single through the right side and was sacrificed to second by Pat Pezet. Kyle Smith followed with a single through the left side of the infield and advanced to second on a throwing error by the Gaucho left fielder. Brent Morel brought both runners around to score as he singled to right center, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage.
Cal Poly tacked on two more runs in the fourth as the first three batters to the plate had hits. Kyle Carson led off with a single and Adam Buschini doubled down the left field line, moving Carson over to third. Both crossed the plate as Bryan Kepner singled through the right side, putting the Mustangs up 4-0.
UCSB struck for its only run in the seventh inning. Gunnar Terhune started the frame off with a single up the middle. After the next batter struck out, Terhune swiped second base, his third steal of the season. Following a fly ball out, Blauer lifted a bloop double down the left field line that scored Terhune.
The Mustangs added another insurance run in the eighth when Buschini hit a two-out RBI single that scored Carson. Carson had led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and took third on a throwing error by UCSB's catcher.
The Gauchos continued to leave runners on base, stranding nine today and 11 Friday.
Blauer finished with two of UCSB's nine hits and a single to center in the third inning extended his hit streak. Blauer struck out swinging in his first trip to the plate, just the 11th time he has whiffed in 208 at-bats. He is now batting .399 overall and .405 in Big West games.
Mario Lewis had two hits and Steve Domecus doubled for UCSB. Starting pitcher Kyle Brown (2-2) went four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked none and struck out four Mustangs. Bryan Fleming worked four relief innings, surrendering one unearned run on two hits. Justin Segal pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Smith, Carson, and Buschini all had two hits apiece for Cal Poly, which finished with 10 total hits.
The three-game series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. UCSB will send left-hander Jeff Braun (2-7, 6.38 ERA) to the mound, while Cal Poly will throw righty Thomas Eager (10-3, 3.43 ERA). It will be the final career game for 12 Gaucho seniors including Matt Anderson, Justin Aspegren, Blauer, Braun, Fleming, Lewis, Michael Martin, Matt McColgan, Steve Morlock, Segal, Clayton Shank, and Brian Tracy.