Feb. 6, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - On Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team fell behind big before storming back late in the game to beat San Jose State, 7-6 in ten innings.
On Sunday, the Gauchos once again fell behind big, 7-1 after five innings, but this time they were unable to make it all the way back, losing 7-4 to the Spartans in the final game of a three game series at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
San Jose State scored single runs in the first, second and fourth and they added four in the fifth to pile up seven runs. The Gauchos tallied their first run in the fourth inning when second baseman Chad Peshke, first baseman Tyler Von Schell and third baseman Dave Molidor strung together back-to-back-to-back singles.
UCSB tried to creep back into the game in the sixth inning. With two outs, Von Schell collected his second hit of the day, a double down the right field line off of San Jose State starter Chris Kay. Molidor then grounded a ball up the middle that Spartan shortstop Gary Patchett couldn't handle. Patchett was charged with an error and Von Schell came home to cut the lead to 7-2. Gaucho shortstop Jeff Bannon followed Von Schell and drilled a triple against the fence in right-center field. Von Schell scored UCSB's second run of the inning and the score was 7-3. Designated hitter Jon Stephens rolled a single up the middle to score Bannon from third, cutting the lead to 7-4. Catcher Donovan Warrecker, however, was unable to keep the rally going as he flew out deep to center field.
The Gauchos and Spartans went scoreless over the final four innings, threatening only in the eighth inning when, with one out, Molidor and Bannon came up with back-to-back singles. The threat was squelched, however, when Stephens grounded into an inning-ending 6-to-4-to-3 double play.
Senior Troy Kinto started on the mound for UCSB and was tagged with the loss. He went 4.1 innings and gave up seven hits, seven runs, only three of which were earned. Jeremy Sugarman was a bright spot for the Gauchos. Pitching in relief, he went 4.1 innings and allowed only two hits and a pair of walks, but no runs.
Offensively, the Gauchos were paced by Molidor who continued his torrid start by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Von Schell, Bannon and Warrecker each collected a pair of hits. Overall, UCSB outhit San Jose State 12-9. Three fielding errors, however, proved costly in defeat.
UCSB drops to 4-2 on the season while San Jose State evens its record at 2-2. The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday when they travel to UCLA for a 3:00 p.m. game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. They return home next weekend to host Loyola Marymount in a three game series on Friday (2:00 p.m.), Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.).