SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
A windy day at the ballpark and six errors were too much to overcome for Cal State Northridge as the Matadors (12-17, 1-3 Big West) fell 11-1 to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (15-13, 3-1 Big West) on Thursday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos scored four unearned runs in the contest and benefitted from strong winds all afternoon.
UC Santa Barbara took control of the game early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. A pair of runs scored on a two-run double down the right field line by Luke Swenson and another came across on a ground out.
The Gauchos added two runs in the fourth on a failed pickoff attempt that allowed a runner to come home from third and a balk. The lead was extended to 9-0 after the fifth inning after a three-run triple for Steven Moon, who later scored on a wild pitch.
The margin was pushed to 10 runs after an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
Northridge was finally able to bring across a run in the top of the eighth following a leadoff single by Miles Williams. With Williams at second and two outs, Chester Pak hit an RBI double to right field.
The Gauchos scored a final run in the bottom of the inning as a throw to the plate was not in time to get the runner with one out.
Vincent Roberts (0-6) took the loss for the Matadors despite striking out five batters in 5.0 innings. Andrew Vasquez (5-2) pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and struck out seven for the win while Dalton Douty pitched the final three innings to get his first save of the season.
Ryan Raslowsky went 2-for-4 at the plate and also drew a walk for Northridge and Pak went 2-for-2 after coming into the game as a pinch runner.
The series between the Matadors and Gauchos will continue on Friday, Apr. 6 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and live stats and audio links for the game are available at GoMatadors.com.