SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) baseball team scored five unanswered runs but fell 7-5 to UC Santa Barbara in the series finale on Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Sophomore Coleman Grubbs recorded his fifth three hit ball-game of the season after going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Ivan Estrella went 2-for-4 for his ninth multi-hit game of the season while driving in two runs.
UCSB (14-13-1) jumped out to the early lead as they scored five runs in the first inning against UTRGV starter Trevelle Hill (3-3). Michael McAdoo delivered a two-run double with the bases loaded to get the scoring started and then Thomas Rowan followed with a three-run home run to make it 5-0 UCSB.
Hill settled down after the first inning allowing just one hit through the next three and a third innings.
UCSB added another run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Tommy Jew and then another run in the bottom of the seventh in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Clay Fisher making it 7-0.
UTRGV (16-16) broke through in the top of the seventh UCSB. Junior Ryan Fish singled to knock out UCSB starter Stevie Ledesma (3-1), who allowed just one run on six hits through six and a third innings while striking out five.
Freshman Oliver Closner IV followed with a walk and then junior Conrad McMahon was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Fish came into score on a wild pitch. Gomez then delivered an RBI single to left scoring Closner that made it 7-2.
In the eighth, Grubbs started the inning with a single and then senior Austin Siener followed with a single to put a pair on for Estrella, who came through with a two-run double that cut into UCSB’s lead 7-4.
McMahon led off the ninth with a single and then moved to second on a groundout. Grubbs got UTRGV within two with an RBI single but Shea Barry got the final out of the game to put a stop to the scoring.
UTRGV will be back in action on Tuesday, April 10, when it travels to San Marcos to face Texas State at 6 p.m. at Bobcat Ballpark.