Mar 23, 2013 11:29 PM by Bill Halter

Gauchos beat Mustangs to even series

The UCSB baseball team had hit three home runs the entire season going into Saturday afternoon's home game with Cal Poly. The Gauchos hit three in the game in a 7-3 win over the 20th ranked Mustangs. The non-conference win improves UCSB to 12-9 and drops Cal Poly to 16-5. The Mustangs won the match up on Friday night in San Luis Obispo, 7-0. The teams will finish the three game series on Sunday at 1:00pm in San Luis Obispo.

Steven Fisher, Marc Venning and Brandon Trinkwon hit home runs for UCSB. Fisher's solo shot in the second inning and Venning's one-run blast in the third gave the Gauchos a 2-0 lead and Trinkwon belted a two-run shot in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and give UC Santa Barbara the lead for good.

After Trinkwon's two-run shot in the sixth, Cal Poly answered with a run in the seventh on a double by freshman left fielder John Schuknecht and an RBI single by freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen.

The Gauchos responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to break the game open. With the bases loaded, Tyler Kuresa grounded out to first base to knock in a run and Robby Nesovic singled up the middle to drive in two more, giving UC Santa Barbara a 7-3 cushion.

The Gauchos, held to two hits in Friday's shutout, outhit Cal Poly 12-9 Saturday.

Cal Poly's offensive leaders were senior second baseman Denver Chavez with two singles and a double and junior center fielder David Armendariz with a single and double. Sophomore right fielder Nick Torres was 1-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

Freshman southpaw Justin Jacome (2-1) earned the win for the Gauchos, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

The loss went to sophomore right-hander Danny Zandona (2-1), the second of four Cal Poly pitchers used in the game. Zandona relieved Mustang starter Matt Imhof in the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie and allowed two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.

In his fourth no-decision of the year, Imhof allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

Sophomore right-hander Bryan Granger (3-2, 4.44 ERA) will start for Cal Poly in Sunday's series finale, sophomore southpaw Greg Mahle (3-2, 3.38 ERA) wil throw for UCSB.



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