Baseball: UC Santa Barbara scores six runs in last two innings to beat Spartans, 12-11

Markum King hit a three-run homer
in the Spartans five run fifth.
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SAN JOSE, Calif.— UC Santa Barbara scored six runs in the final two innings to come from behind and beat the San Jose State University baseball team, 12-11, in a non-conference game at Municipal Stadium Sunday afternoon. The win prevented the Gauchos from being swept in the three-game series.

Trailing by three runs in the eighth inning, the Gauchos (3-7) took advantage of the Spartans (4-3) miscues to tie the game at 9-9. UC Santa Barbara would add three more runs in the top of the ninth to take a 12-9 lead.

The Spartans rallied in their half of the ninth, but fell short scoring only two runs in the inning.

Reliever Steve Morlock (1-2) was credited with the win, his first of the year. Spartan reliever Andy Cook (0-2) was charged with the loss. The Gauchos outhit the Spartans, 21-15, in a game that saw 11 different pitchers.

With one out in the eighth, first baseman Josh McCanne singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on Bill Rowe’s pinch-hit single. Catcher Chad Ziemendorf would add the second run on a balk by the Spartans Corey Cabral. Pinch hitter Matt Emerick would sacrifice in the final run of the inning.

In the top of the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded, pinch hitter Taylor Vogt doubled to left center to clear the bases and give the Gauchos a 12-9 lead with one final opportunity for the Spartans.

Third baseman Kevin Frandsen and designated hitter Nick Guerra opened the ninth with back-to-back walks and advanced on a ground out. First baseman Jordan Bergstrom would hit a two-out single to score Frandsen and Guerra, but the Spartans were unable to score the tying run, ending the inning with a groundout to first.

UC Santa Barbara scored the first run in the second inning, but the Spartans responded with a three-run homer from shortstop Ruben Martinez in their half of the frame.

The Gauchos added four runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Ziemendorf, a bases-loaded walk to second baseman Matt Stevens, a fielders choice RBI to center fielder Gabe Mann and an RBI single by shortstop Josh Fulton to take a 5-3 lead.

Once again the Spartans rallied adding five runs in their half of the inning. Catcher Aaron Bates singled in two runs and then left fielder Markum King hit a three-run homer to right field to give San Jose State an 8-5 lead. The Spartans would add one more run in the seventh.

Bates and Frandsen each had three hits for the Spartans. Frandsen went 3-for-4 with two runs. Bates went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Guerra had two hits and three RBIs. King and Martinez each had three RBIs.

McCanne led the Gauchos with a 4-for-6 day at the plate, scoring three runs. Left fielder Blair Havens, third baseman Nate Sutton and Fulton each had three hits.

San Jose State plays a mid-week game at San Francisco on Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. before returning home to host Washington State in a three-game series the following weekend.