UC Santa Barbara Takes Game One, 6-4|
April 18, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Mike Ford threw a complete game with eight strikeouts Friday as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos beat the USC Trojans, 6-4, in the first game of a nonconference series. Ford went the distance after UC Santa Barbara snapped a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh.
UC Santa Barbara (25-11) stole eight bases in the game, including three by right fielder Brian Gump, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Grant Green and Hector Rabago both homered for USC (19-17) as Tommy Milone got the no-decision for the Trojans, going six innings and allowing four runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Gauchos looked to score in the first when Chris Fox was hit by a Milone pitch. Fox stole second and third with one out, but Milone induced a ground out from Eric Oliver and struck out cleanup hitter Mike Zuanich for the final out. Steve Cook tripled in the UCSB third and scored when Brian Gump hit an RBI ground out to first.
Green led off the fourth with his sixth homer of the season and fourth in the last five games, tying the game at one apiece. Anthony Vasquez hit a chopper up the middle and scored when Rabago slammed a two-run shot to left for the 3-1 USC lead. UCSB got a run back in the fourth on Gunnar Terhune's RBI double.
In the top of the sixth, it was Green again who led off and singled up the middle. Perren's ground ball moved Green to second, who later stole third and scored on Gaucho catcher Chris McMurray's throwing error. The Gauchos, however, would tie it up in the bottom half with two runs. Shane Carlson doubled to the gap in left center and McMurray singled to put runners at the corners. Milone walked Terhune to load the bases and Cook hit a chopper to third as the Trojans were able to just record the out at second as a run scored. Gump then followed with an RBI line drive to right for the tying run.
Oliver greeted reliever Daniel Cooper (0-2) with a single to left in the seventh before Zuanich drilled an RBI triple to center to score the go-ahead run. Carlson then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, plating Zuanich for the final run of the game. Vasquez led off the USC ninth with a walk, but Ford retired the next three batters to secure the win.
The series continues tomorrow with a 2 p.m. start at Dedeaux Field and concludes with a 1 p.m. game in Santa Barbara. Both games will be broadcast live with a video webcast on Saturday's game only on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
Notes: Grant Green extended his current hitting streak to 11 games (.609, 29-for-48, six doubles, five homers, 14 RBI)...Hector Rabago hit his first home run since March 30 at Arizona State...Tommy Milone's four walks were the most he has allowed this season (his previous high was three against No. 2 Arizona on March 21).
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