February 15, 2001

Baseball Topped 6-5 At UCLA In 14 Innings

Feb. 14, 2001

Los Angeles - After 14 innings of play, UCSB (1-3) found itself on the losing end of a 6-5 score at UCLA (7-2) Wednesday afternoon, in a game originally schedule for Tuesday but postponed one day due to rain.

The Gauchos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third and increased their advantage to 4-0 after five, but gave up four unanswered runs to the Bruins over the next four innings. UCSB's strong start was largely due to the performance of junior pitcher James Garcia, who started on the hill for the Gauchos. Garcia, a transfer from El Camino JC, allowed only one UCLA run on three hits while fanning seven and walking none in six innings of work.

In extra innings, a Gaucho run in the 11th was answered by UCLA. The teams played two and a half more scoreless innings before a single down the right field line by UCLA's Matt Pearl won it for the hosts. Freshman Matt Vasquez (0-1) took the loss for UCSB.

The Gaucho offense was led by Jared Schumaker, who collected three hits and scored twice from the leadoff spot. Chad Peshke, Dave Molidor and Donovan Warrecker also each had two hits for UCSB. Junior Jed Stringham clubbed a solo homer, his team-leading third long ball of the young season.

UCSB will open its home season this weekend, as it hosts Santa Clara in a three-game series. Game times are 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, and 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18.

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