COLLEGE ROUNDUP : Ten-Run Inning Isn’t Enough to Get Titans Past Santa Barbara
Despite a 10-run inning, Cal State Fullerton fell to UC Santa Barbara, 14-13, in a Big West Conference baseball game Saturday at Titan Field.
The Gauchos and Titans were tied, 13-13, in the ninth when UCSB’s Jeff Haar led off with a double down the third-base line. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on Frank Appice’s sacrifice fly to center.
Fullerton (28-20, 10-4 in conference) had rallied from a 9-1 deficit by scoring 10 times in the fourth. Kevin Farlow hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run to cap the inning and give Fullerton an 11-10 lead.
Each team added two runs in the fifth to make it 13-11 before Fullerton floundered.
Haar, the No. 9 hitter for UCSB (37-15, 11-6), went four for four, including a two-run home run in the fifth to tie the score at11. He also scored five runs, including the game-winner.
"(Haar) hits ninth by design,” said UCSB Coach Al Ferrer, who tied Dave Gorrie with 355 career victories as coach of the Gauchos. “Haar can hit second or wherever, but we like to hit all the way through the lineup.”
They did, but Titan errors helped, too.
Farlow committed three errors, two of which led to Gaucho runs. His throwing error in the seventh allowed Appice to score the tying run.