USC Falls To UC Santa Barbara, 9-2

April 5, 2006

LOS ANGELES --- Chris Valaika went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Bryan Fleming pitched seven strong innings as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the USC Trojans, 9-2, in non conference action at Dedeaux Field.

Fleming (2-4) allowed just two runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Gaucho center fielder Matt Emerick added a 3-for-5 night at the plate with an RBI.

UCSB (13-13) jumped on USC starter Shawn Olsen (3-2) early with three runs in the first. Valaika hit an RBI single, followed later by a two-run, bases-loaded single from Mario Lewis. The Trojans got a run in the second and third innings, but that was as close as they got on the evening.

USC resumes Pac-10 Conference action this weekend at home against California as both teams are currently tied for first place with a 4-2 record. Game times for the Cal series are 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live, along with live video, on usctrojans.com.

UCSB	300-101-130---9-12-2USC	011-000-000---2-7-0

WP - Fleming (2-4) LP - Olsen (3-2)T - 3:09 ATT - 248Records: UCSB (13-13), USC (17-14)

Fleming, Schoneberger (8), Edwards (9) and McMurray.Olsen, Parrow (3), Zelenay (5), Dunn (7), Koss (8), Martlaro (9) and Bowden, Owen (8).

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