STANFORD, Calif. (AP)Kyle Johnson hit a two-run home run in the second inning, Blake Klassen added a three-run shot in the third and UC Santa Barbara breezed to a 9-4 victory over Binghamton in an elimination game at the Stanford Regional on Saturday.
The Gauchos (44-13) will play the loser of Saturday’s nightcap between No. 2 overall seed Stanford and Texas State on Sunday.
John Newman Jr. walked to lead off the second inning and Johnson followed with his sixth home run of the season. UCSB added a third run on two throwing errors and Christian Kirtley’s RBI infield single.
UCSB stretched its lead to 8-0 with a five-run third. Nick Vogt and Newman were both hit by pitches to open the inning. Jordan Sprinkle walked with one out to load the bases. Broc Mortensen singled in the first run, Jason Willow followed with a sacrifice fly to plate the second and Klassen capped the outburst with a three-run shot to right for his 10th home run.
Tan had an RBI single in a two-run fourth and Roselli homered to right with a runner on in the eighth for the Bearcats (22-30).
Michael Gutierrez picked up his ninth win in 10 decisions for UCSB. He yielded four runs on eight hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk.
Ryan Bryggman (7-6) took the loss for Binghamton, allowing eight runs – seven earned – on five hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.
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