After falling behind, 3-0, in the first inning, the Anteaters
fought back with two unearned runs in the third inning and one more
in the fourth. A bases-loaded double play brought in the first run
and a wild pitch sent another Anteater home.
Matt Falk led off the fourth with a towering home run over the
right field fence to tie it at 3-3.
The Gauchos couldn't capitalize on their opportunities, twice
having the go-ahead run at second with nobody out.
Four times UCSB had the potential tying or go-ahead runner thrown
out at the plate. Eleven runners were stranded on base, including
Josh McCanne in the 11th at the end of the game.
Jimmy Alstot (2-4) picked up the win for Irvine after pitching
five innings of relief. He surrendered just two hits and allowed only
one unearned run. Jared Edrosolan (0-2) was credited with the loss.
Edrosolan pitched effectively, but made the one mistake to Horwitz.
Brett Smith went the first six innings and had a 6-4 lead before
being lifted. He allowed eight hits, four earned runs, struck out six
and walked four befoe Steve Schroer and Phil Tripoli made brief
appearances in the seventh inning.
B.J. Eucce was also very prominent, going 3 for 5, scoring twice
with an RBI.
Chris Klemm was 2 for 5. Dalton was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
The verdict left UCSB at 18-14, 1-1 in the Big West. The Anteaters
are 12-20, 1-1 entering today's game.
UCSB will start junior right-hander Matt Vasquez (2-2, 4.24 ERA).
The Anteaters counter with Paul French (0-2, 3.44).