UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 5 UCSB Baseball fell (37-12) to USC (25-25) in a neck-and-neck 5-4 midweek game Tuesday night. The Gauchos had opportunities to take the lead throughout the game but left 13 total runners on base.
Trailing 5-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, UCSB plated 3 runs including 2 on a John Newman, Jr. home run.
Kyle Johnson blasted a 2-out double to deep right but the game ended on a foul pop to right by Jordan Sprinkle.
Zander Darby blasted a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 1.
The Gauchos walked in two runs in the top of the eighth inning and surrendered a 2-run single in the top of the ninth by Nick Lopez.
UCSB is closing in on a Big West title and will host UC Riverside on Friday, 5:30pm.