No pitcher has retired UC-Santa Barbara pinch hitter Billy Fredrick yet this season.
Frederick doubled off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to boost the Gauchos past Wichita State 3-2 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
In three pinch-hitting at-bats Fredrick has a triple, a double and a single. He singled against the Shockers on Saturday.
WSU (11-6) jumped to a 2-0 lead after four innings. Tanner Dearman hit a one-out triple in the third and scored on Dayne Parker’s single to center. In the fourth, Tyler Baker was hit by a pitch. He advanced to third when UCSB pitcher Domenic Mazza threw wildly to second base after fielding a ground ball. Chase Simpson then chased Baker home with a sacrifice fly to right.
Joey Epperson got the Gauchos (13-3) on the board with his third homer of the season with two outs in the fifth. Then the Shockers handed UCSB at run in the sixth. Woody Woodward opened the sixth by grounding to third, but Simpson’s throw skipped past first baseman Casey Gillaspie and Woodward went to second. He was sacrificed to third by Tyler Kuresa, then scored on Sam Tewes’ wild pitch.
Andrew Calica opened the bottom of the ninth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Robby Nesovic. Cameron Newell was intentionally walked to set the stage for Fredrick’s heroics.
E — Simpson, Mazza, Morrow. LOB — WSU 6, UCSB 7. 2B — Kirk (2), Gillaspie (6), Frederick (1). 3B — Dearman (1). HR — Epperson (3). S — Kuresa, Nesovic. SF — Simpson. CS — Kirk, Maris.
|LaBrie L,1-1||2 1/3||1||1||1||1||0||2.81|
|Mahle W,4-1||2 1/3||2||0||0||1||0||1.48|
WP — Tewes. HBP — Baker (by Mazza). Umpires — home, John Visciglia; first, Rob Hansen; third, Allen Williams. T — 2:30. A — 350.