Feb. 9, 2003
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Steven Morlock surrendered a walk-off grand slam to Pepperdine's Chris Kelly as the Gauchos suffered their second consecutive loss, both coming from blown save opportunities. Morlock was credited with the loss, allowing four runs in one and one-third innings.
Pepperdine scored the first run of the ball game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Leadoff hitter David Uribes reached on a bloop single that fell in front of centerfielder Matt Emerick. Uribes advanced to third on a double by shortstop Kevin Estrada putting runners in scoring position for Cory Brightwell. On the first pitch of his at bat, Brightwell singled into left field plating Uribes. After plunking the next batter, Dan Ricabal had seen enough of Posthumus and called on southpaw Ivan Ramirez from the Gaucho bullpen. Ramirez went to work quickly, getting the next Waves batter to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Gauchos evened the score in the top of the eighth inning on a leadoff homerun by catcher Chad Ziemendorf. After pinch hitter Brian Adams struck out, Emerick singled up the middle. However UCSB could not rally behind Emerick's single as shortstop Greg Powers grounded into an inning ending double play.
UCSB rallied in the top of the ninth inning pounding out three-straight singles to score the go ahead run. Second baseman Chris Malec led of with a single. After a Josh McCanne fielder's choice, pinch hitter Nic Rodriguez and Nate Sutton each singled to load the bases for Ziemendorf. The UC Santa Barbara catcher singled into left scoring McCanne and giving the Gauchos the lead, 2-1. Once again, the UCSB could not continue the rally, stranding three Gaucho base runners.
The Waves manufactured a rally of their own in the bottom of the inning. After retiring the leadoff hitter, Morlock walked the next batter and surrendered a double to Nick Kleibert giving Pepperdine runners at second and third. The Gauchos intentionally walked Nelson Caraballo to set up the double play, loading the bases for Chris Kelly. Morlock then delivered a fastball that Kelly would deposit over the center field fence giving the Waves the victory.
Ziemendorf led all hitters going two-for-three with a home run and two RBI. Starting pitcher Eric Posthumus looked impressive in his second start of the season allowing only one run in five and one-third innings, earning a no decision.
UC Santa Barbara finished the Battle at the Beach Tournament with a record of 1-2. The Gauchos lost their last to games to Washington and host Pepperdine, after an impressive twelve-inning victory over No.11 Houston on Friday.
This week, the Gauchos prepare for a solid San Jose State Spartan squad. The three-game weekend series begins in San Jose Friday at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's games will start at 1:00 p.m.