Late Game Comeback Falls Short for No. 7 UCSB

Jason Willow (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Jason Willow (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The UC Santa Barbara baseball team lost its fourth straight game to the Oregon Ducks Sunday afternoon, falling in extra innings 9-4. The Gauchos trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth and managed to tie it with a three-run inning, before coming within feet of hitting a walk-off home run. 

Cory Lewis got the start in the final game of the series and the freshman had a solid outing against a team that has hit well all weekend. Lewis allowed just two runs in 5.1 innings of work and had four strikeouts.

Those two runs came in the first when Oregon led off the game with a home run and an RBI double to take an early 2-0 lead. The game would go quiet until the Gauchos struck for the first time in the bottom of the sixth.

Marcos Castanon got the first run in on an RBI groundout to short that brought in Cole Cummings to cut the lead in half. The very next half inning brought success for the Duck offense that extended their lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the seventh. 

Down three runs, the Gauchos rose to the occasion icing the game in the bottom of the eighth on the back of two home runs. Broc Mortensen came in on a pinch-hit, launching another ball to right field and with one on and one out, Castanon notched an opposite field home run to tie the contest at 4-4. 

In the bottom of the ninth, the Gauchos had one on with Kyle Johnson stepping to the plate. The first baseman struck a ball that came within feet of clearing the right-field wall but fell short. The Ducks got out of the inning on the same play with a relay home that halted the potential winning run for the Gauchos.

The Ducks capped off the weekend with a five-run tenth to take the game 9-4.