Gauchos Blast Cal State Northridge in Series-Opener, 12-4

May 27, 2005

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Before an out had been recorded, Cal State Northridge (18-34-1, 2-17 BWC) had already found itself in a 7-0 hole as UC Santa Barbara (24-30, 6-13 BWC) used a big first inning to take a 12-4 victory on Friday afternoon at Matador Field.

The Gauchos took advantage of four walks and a fielding error to score seven runs before CSUN came to the plate. Matt Kalafatis and David Harrit had consecutive two-run doubles with nobody out in the first inning to put the game decidedly in the favor of UCSB.

The Matadors answered back with two first-inning runs, but Steve Morlock quieted the Northridge bats for the rest of the afternoon. He allowed just an unearned run in the seventh en route to his seventh win of the season. Alberto Quintana dropped a single down in left field with two outs to bring home Chase McGuire and then moved all the way to third as the ball got past the left fielder. John Voita followed with a single to right field to plate Quintana to cut the lead to 7-2 after one complete inning.

Northridge didn't score again until the seventh as McGuire's sac fly to center field brought in Raymond Ravago from third base. Ravago had led off the inning with a walk and remained on the bases as Bill Rowe threw too high on a force attempt at second base. CSUN scored its third run in the ninth, getting a leadoff single from Johnny Coit followed later by a two-out single up the middle by Jeff Tezak.

After the big inning in the first, UCSB coasted to its seventh consecutive victory over the Matadors. The Gauchos picked up insurance runs with a pair in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Kalafatis brought in run with a sac fly, his third RBI of the game, and two runs were scored as Ravago couldn't field a hard-hit grounder in the fifth with the bases loaded.

Kyle Jean took the loss for Northridge, pitching to the first five batters of the game before CSUN went to the bullpen. Jean walked three guys and allowed one hit, a double, without recording an out. He did enduce a ground ball to third base, but Adam Fleener couldn't control the throw to the plate, resulting in an error on the Matador catcher.

Morlock allowed three runs, only one earned though, off five hits with two strikeouts in seven complete innings.

Alden Carrithers was 3-for-5 with a walk and three runs scored. He also launched his first career home run, a solo shot in the ninth inning. Matt Wilkerson also added two hits and scored twice. McGuire continued his hot-hitting for CSUN, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a sac fly.

The Gauchos have scored at least 10 runs in the last six games against CSUN, all wins.

CSUN and UCSB will continue the final Big West Conference series of the season tomorrow, May 28. Peter Eberhardt will make his last start as a Matador. He will be opposed by another righthander, junior Michael Martin for the Gauchos. The first pitch at Matador Field is at 1 p.m.