Santa Barbara Athletics News
May 15, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Tommy Jew hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the UC Santa Barbara baseball team a 6-5 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
With the win against a future Big West opponent, the Gauchos move to an even .500 with a 24-24-1 record while the Roadrunners fall to 18-33.
After a scoreless first inning, the Gauchos strung three runs together in the bottom of the second to jump out to an early lead. Eric Yang worked a one-out walk and moved into scoring position on a sharply hit single to center by Jason Willow. With two on, Cole Kleszcz cashed in both runners with a double down the left field line on a 0-1 count. An Andrew Martinez walk later in the frame kept the inning alive with two outs and Clay Fisher promptly followed with an RBI single down the left field line to make it 3-0.
The Roadrunners, however, responded with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning, utilizing back-to-back doubles followed by a towering, two-run homerun to left field off the bat of Luis Martinez to tie the game at 3-3.
The score did not stay tied for long as the Gauchos tacked on two more in the bottom half of the fourth on a two-RBI single up the middle from Tommy Jew, scoring Armani Smith and Fisher who singled and doubled, respectively, to start the rally.
Following the back-and-forth theme of the day, CSUB tacked on a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to even the score at 5-5.
Dazzling defense from Fisher at shortstop in the eighth inning preserved the tie score and UCSB had a chance to bring …