BASEBALL BLANKED IN UCSB SERIES OPENER
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara starting pitcher Austin Pettibone allowed just four hits in a shutout performance and the Sacramento State baseball team lost, 5-0, in the opening game of a three-game series with the Gauchos.
Justin Higley extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double on Friday.
The Hornets (10-7) did not score a run on just four hits with no errors. The Gauchos (10-7) scored five runs on 10 hits while making no errors.
Sacramento State starting pitcher Tanner Mendonca (0-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings with two strikeouts. Pettibone (3-1) earned the win after going the distance with just four hits allowed, no walks and six strikeouts.
The Hornets scattered single hits in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t muster any offense against Pettibone, who needed just 79 pitches in the complete game. Pettibone threw 59 of his 79 total pitches for strikes in a dominating effort.
The Gauchos struck first in the second inning, when they posted a run on a two hits. The 1-0 lead lasted until the fifth, when UCSB tacked on three more runs, despite just two hits. The Gauchos put a runner on with a walk and another was hit by a pitch.
UCSB closed out the scoring with one run on three hits in the seventh inning. The Gauchos had just one extra base hit – a double – but strung together nine singles.
Up next for Sacramento State game two of the three-game set with the Gauchos, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. The finale on Sunday will begin at 1 p.m.