Feb. 1, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The San Diego State Aztecs won their first game of the season, defeating the Gauchos on Saturday, 10-2. UC Santa Barbara jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, but scored only one run the rest of the way. San Diego State pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of four Gaucho errors, as they scored 10 runs. UCSB starting pitcher Sean Thompson (0-1) was credited with the loss allowing six runs in 21/3 innings. Aztec starter Joe Carque (1-1) picked up the win allowing only two runs in eight innings of work.
The Gauchos took an early lead in the first inning, 1-0. Leadoff hitter Blair Havens reached first base and advanced to second on an error by shortstop James Guerrero. After moving to third on a passed ball, Havens scored the Gauchos' first run on a fielder's choice by Chris Malec.
The Aztecs came back in the top of the second inning scoring two runs. Jon Stephens led off with a single. The next batter Jake McLintock reached on a fielder's choice and later advanced to third on a single by third baseman Garrett Cook. Mendoza followed with a single to center, plating McLintock. The Aztecs added another run in the inning with a one out RBI single from David Hall giving the Aztecs the lead, 2-1.
San Diego State scored the majority of their runs in the third inning. Guerrero reached on an errant throw by shortstop Josh Fulton to start the inning. After Anthony Gwynn flew out to center field, the Aztecs pounded out five singles and scored six runs increasing their lead, 8-1.
Besides their first inning run, the Gauchos were held scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning when pinch hitter Greg Powers launched the first pitch of his at bat over the right field fence. However, Powers' solo shot did not spark UCSB, as their next three batters were retired in order.
SDSU added two runs in the top of the ninth expanding their lead, 10-2. UC Santa Barbara went down in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game. The Aztecs improve to 1-4, while the loss drops the Gauchos to 1-1 this season. San Diego State's win also marked the first in Tony Gwynn's collegiate coaching career.
The Gauchos and Aztecs conclude their three game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Sunday, February 2. Sophomore Eric Posthumus will get the start for UCSB.