March 6, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UC Santa Barbara swiped a pair of one-run games, 11-10 and 8-7, over the New Mexico baseball team Saturday at Isotopes Park.
In game one, the Lobos scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough at UCSB (10-6) outlasted UNM in a slugfest. Both teams pounded out 16 hits in the game.
UCSB built an 8-1 lead after four and a half innings, but the Lobos stormed back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth. Joe Salas nailed an RBI double and Josh Mader hit a two-run single in the fifth, while Ryan Barba hit a sacrifice fly and Garrick Haymore connected on a RBI double in the sixth.
The Gauchos scored one run in each of the last three innings, however, to take a four-run lead heading into UNM's (1-9-1) last at-bat. The Lobos plated three runs in the comeback effort in the ninth on two hits and three Gaucho balks, but it wasn't enough to take the lead.
The Lobos were close again in game two, leading 6-5 after six innings. The lead was lost in the Gaucho seventh as catcher Taylor Vogt blasted a three-run homer over the center-field fence, giving UCSB an 8-6 advantage. UNM trimmed the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh on Tim Grady's first career homer, a solo shot to left, but again the Lobos wouldn't get any closer. Aaron Jones closed the game for UCSB to earn his fifth save of the season.
Tim Grady went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in the second game, while Haymore, Salas and Cordova each collected two hits.
Danny Ray Herrera (0-2) threw seven innnigs in the loss, allowing eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits. Rich Sorenson picked up the win in relief for UCSB.
The Lobos and Gauchos return for the series finale Sunday at 12 p.m.