April 17, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara used four unearned runs Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium as the Gauchos defeated UCLA, 4-3 in the rubber match of this weekend's non-conference three-game series. The Bruins (8-24) rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning and had the potential tying run on second base when shortstop Tommy Lansdon flew out to right to end the game.
UCLA starter sophomore right-hander Brant Rustich (1-3) lasted 5.2 innings, allowing the four unearned runs on five hits in suffering the defeat. He struck out a career high seven batters while walking three.
UCSB (19-18) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when right fielder Matt Wilkerson singled home third baseman David Figoni from third. Figoni had reached earlier in the inning on a fielding error by Bruin third baseman Eric Taylor.
UCLA tied the score in the fifth with an unearned run of its own. Catcher Matt Sharp came all the way around to score from second when Gaucho catcher Matt Kalafatis misfired a backdoor pick off to first base.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos scored three more unearned runs with two outs following another error at third base by Taylor. The Bruins threatened to tie the game in the ninth against UCSB closer Alex McRobbie. After Sharp led off with a double to left, McRobbie walked Josh Roenicke and then beaned pinch-hitter Will Penniall. Pinch-hitter Jarrad Page then sent a deep fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Mike Metzger, who had pinch-run for Sharp. An Anthony Norman RBI groundout then brought UCLA to within one. But McRobbie induced Lansdon into the game ending fly out to preserve the series victory.
UCSB starter Steve Morlock improved to 4-5 with the victory. He allowed just one unearned run on five hits over 6.2 innings of work.
First baseman Brett McMillan was 2-for-4 for UCLA.