The UCSB baseball team tried to put together a late rally against Pepperdine yesterday afternoon, but came up short on the offensive side. In the end, Pepperdine came out on top 5-4, giving the Gauchos their sixth loss in seven games, moving their record down to 20-24.
“They threw some lefties at us today,” senior center fielder Gunnar Terhune said of the Pepperdine pitchers. “We battled back against one of their better pitchers, but we came up just a little short.”
Santa Barbara started off the scoring in the third inning, as Terhune tripled and scored off an RBI from junior designated hitter Derek Eligio. However, the Waves responded with an even bigger scoring outburst, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning thanks to three hits and a wild pitch from junior starting pitcher Greg Davis.
“Our pitching was great today, they just found some holes that we didn’t,” Terhune said. “We had a couple of at bats where we should have moved the runners over, but we weren’t able to do that.”
The Gauchos came back to tie up the game in the fifth on a two-run homer from junior right fielder Mark Haddow. The home run was Haddow’s fifth of the season, putting him in a tie with most on the team.
Miles Silverstein of the Waves hit a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the sixth to put Pepperdine back up by two. Silverstein’s home run to left center field was his first of the year.
Down but not out, the Gauchos attempted to put together a rally in the eighth. Pinch hitter Beck Wheeler hit a sacrifice fly with two outs to score teammate Sean Williams from third base. Unfortunately, a fly-out ended the inning ended and the rally never got under way.
“A lot of it is getting up there and battling,” Terhune said of the Gauchos’ recent struggles. “We’ve got to have quality at bats. That’s going to have to change if we want to win games in the Big West.”