Feb. 16, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite a solid start for Fresno State pitcher Derick Velazquez, the Gauchos bats caught up to the sophomore pitcher and the bullpen in the mid to late innings to propel UC Santa Barbara to an 8-1 victory over the 'Dogs at Pete Beiden Field on Saturday night.
Through the first five innings it was pitchers dual as Velazquez and Andy Pettibone went toe-to-toe. Velazquez had given up just three hits and one run while the Gauchos pitcher had surrendered only four hits before entering the sixth.
The Gauchos heated up in the sixth inning as they produced three runs on four hits in the inning to take control of the game, leading 4-0. Peter Maris led-off the inning with a solo homerun to right-center and two back-to-back doubles drove in two more runs as Velazquez battled to retire the side.
`'He just wasn't consistent enough downhill," said head coach Mike Batesole. "It was a lot of downhill and then it seemed like almost every time he missed and it got a little flat they got on it. Give them credit for it.''
In the bottom half of the sixth the 'Dogs attempted to answer the Gauchos rally when Jordan Luplow led the inning with a homerun of his own to right-center, identical to the UCSB start in the top half of the inning. Jordan Brink singled to left field on the next at bat and Aaron Judge singled for his second hit of the game following Brink. Gauchos pitcher Pettibone answered the 'Dogs rally by retiring the next batter and forcing the games second double-play to put a halt to the 'Dogs comeback attempt.
`'[Pettibone] was throwing hard, he had it by us, we didn't make a very good adjustment and he just kept attacking us,'' Batesole said. `'He had a good fastball and a couple times we tried to get on it and then he made a nice pitch, he has a good changeup and it was enough to keep us off balance.''
The Fresno State hitters were cooled off as the Guachos responded from Friday night's loss with a nearly identical outcome, reversed. Trent Garrison and Aaron Judge combined to go 2-of-4 on the night while 7-of-8 hits for the 'Dogs went for singles on the evening.
The series rubber match is set for a 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday at Beiden Field.
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