May 31, 2013
UCSB holds off A&M
By Patrick Meyers
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
CORVALLIS, Ore. – UC
Santa Barbara came out swinging, leaving Texas A&M giving too
little, too late, as the Gauchos earned a 6-4 win in the opening
game of the Corvallis Regional.
The Gauchos built an early 5-1 lead – thanks in
part to two hits and two runs from right fielder Luke Swenson –
by the fourth and were in command until a late Aggies rally. Two
costly errors by Texas A&M helped get Gauchos take control of
“It was a great start by Austin Pettibone,”
Gauchos coach Andrew Checketts said. “I thought we were really
efficient offensively and put some pressure on them.”
UCSB’s Dylan Hecht came in to close and staved
off a momentous Aggies rally in the ninth.
“Dylan kind of gave us all a heart attack a bit,”
Texas A&M’s Krey Bratsen singled to bring in Troy
Stein, and Jace Statum added an RBI single to trim the deficit
to 6-4. But Hecht was able to get Mikey Reynolds to foul out to
third and ended the ill-fated comeback by striking out Blake
“I thought it was a hard-fought game,” Aggies
coach Rob Childress said. “I thought Coach Checketts and his
team played extremely well, played with a lot of confidence,
were well-coached and executed early.”
Pettibone (10-3) worked 7.2 innings with seven
hits, two runs (one earned) and six strikeouts.
“We did a good job of staying on it and not
backing down,” Pettibone said. “We played, our offense hit in
the beginning, I was throwing strikes.”
The Gauchos (35-23) were happy with the win, but
are not looking to end their trip in Corvallis.
“It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and
definitely unforgettable,” Swenson said. “I have been trying to
soak it all in, but we are still not satisfied with just one
win. We want to win this thing and not just be here to be here.”
UCSB will take on Oregon State in the winners’
bracket at 5 p.m. local time; Texas A&M will play the Texas-San
Antonio in an elimination game at 12 p.m.