IRVINE, Calif. --- Race Parmenter pitched 1.1 innings and held UC Santa Barbara to one hit to record his second save of the series and hold off the Gauchos in a 5-4 Anteater triumph Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Mark Trentacosta started the UCSB eighth and handled a chopper back to the mound for the first out but Ryan Palermo laced a double to left for his third hit of the day. Pinch hitter Joey Wallace flew out to center and Trentacosta intentionally walked Brett Vertigan, putting the go-ahead run at first. The lefty handed the ball off to Parmente, who induced a roller to short to end the inning. The junior right-hander gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Trinkwon in the ninth. However, following a sacrifice bunt, Luke Swenson and Bryce Tafelski both grounded out the D.J. Crumlich to end the game.
The save was the seventh for Parmenter, who locked up his seventh save of the year. Parmenter has made 18 appearances and struck out 26 in 23.2 innings while giving up six earned runs.
UCSB scored its first runs of the series against Phillip Ferragamo in the fourth. Tafelski hit a one-out single and Ferragamo popped up Greg Mahle for the second out. Palermo's grounder to third was mishandled by Dillon Moyer and skipped into left field. Jeff Stephens' throw to third, in an effort to get Tafelski, was off the mark and allowed the catcher to score with Palermo taking third on the play. The errors continued for the UCI as Peter Maris' grounder to Jordan Fox was cleanly fielded but Ferragamo failed to step on the bag as the Gauchos took a 2-0 lead.
However, UCI battled back in its half of the fourth. With two out and no one on base, Jeff Stephens beat out an infield single to short and Connor Spencer and Chris Rabago both drew walks to load the bases. Scott Gottschling jumped on an 0-1 pitch for a double to left to clear the bases, giving UCI a 3-2 lead. Christian Ramirez followed with a single up the middle to drive in Gottschling.
The Gauchos trimmed the lead to one at 4-3 in the fifth. Marc Venning's hit-and-run double just inside the third-base bag drove in Trinkwon, who reached first on a single off the glove of Ferragamo.
Fox responded for UCI in the fifth, hitting a triple to the right-centerfield gap off reliever Matthew Vedo to plate Tommy Reyes, who had reached first on a four-pitch walk.
Jimmy Litchfield, who struck out the final batter of the fifth inning in relief of Ferragamo, led off the sixth with a walk to Mahle and a single to Palermo. However, the lefty rebounded by retiring the next three batters with Mahle scoring on a groundball out to second.
Litchfield earned the win to improve to 3-2 after 2.1 innings of one-run, two-hit relief. Trentacosta logged 2/3 shutout innings while Ferragamo pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits in the no-decision.
Ramirez was 3 for 4 with an RBI while Gottschling had three runs batted in on one hit.
Zak Edgington dropped to 2-4 after giving up five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings.