SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara overcame a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the middle innings and held on to beat Cal Poly 6-5 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Cal Poly rallied for a run in the eighth and had the bases loaded with nobody out, and also tallied two runs in the ninth and had runners at first and second with one out, but the Gauchos turned double plays in both innings to gain the victory.
With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 20-11 on the year. UC Santa Barbara improved to 17-14. The two teams play a three-game Big West Conference series May 18-20 in Baggett Stadium.
Senior right-hander Matthew Vedo (4-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win, striking out 12 Mustang batters, including six in a row in the first two innings. Greg Mahle allowed two runs and three hits in two innings, but earned his fourth save.
The loss went to Cal Poly freshman right-hander Bryan Granger (0-1), the first of five Mustang pitchers used in the game. Granger allowed one hit in three scoreless innings before surrendering four runs in the fourth.
Cal Poly outhit UC Santa Barbara 10-8, led by sophomore third baseman Jimmy Allen and sophomore left fielder David Armendariz, each with two hits and a pair of RBI. Freshman right fielder Nick Torres and junior center fielder Mitch Haniger also had two hits.
Third baseman Ryan Palermo had three hits for the Gauchos, including his second home run of the year. Catcher Joe Winterburn also homered, his first of the year.
Cal Poly jumped to a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Allen (pictured above) and a run-scoring double by Armendariz.
UC Santa Barbara turned the game around with four runs on four hits, a hit batsman and an error in the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and sixth frames on the solo homers by Palermo and Winterburn, who entered the game with a .120 average.
Winterburn's home run proved to be the game winner.
An RBI single by Armendariz in the eighth inning trimmed the deficit to 6-3 and Cal Poly loaded the bases with nobody out, but sophomore pinch-hitter Chris Hoo was called out on strikes and senior catcher Jordan Hadlock hit into an inning-ending double play.
In the ninth, sophomore designated hitter Tim Wise and Allen produced RBI singles to cut UC Santa Barbara's lead to 6-5 and Cal Poly had runners at first and second with one out, but Armendariz grounded into a game-ending double play.
Cal Poly visits Cal State Northridge for a three-game Big West Conference series Friday through Sunday.