Feb. 15, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. - James Garcia (0-3) gave the Gauchos (5-4) his best performance of the season, pitching 7.2 innings and yielding two runs on four hits while striking out seven batters.
A performance like that would usually be good enough for the win.
But San Jose State's Jeremy Rogelstad (2-1) was a tad better, going 8.2 innings while giving up only one run on three hits, to help San Jose State (7-2) defeat UCSB 2-1 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Both pitchers had dominating performances that shut down any offense what so ever. Garcia had a no-hitter going into the sixth while Rogelstad had a ho-hitter till the seventh.
With one out and runners on first and third in the eighth inning of a 1-1 tie ballgame, UCSB could not turn a double play on Dino Quenteros grounder, as Adam Shorsher scored the game winning run from third.
Shorsher was the leading Spartan, scoring both runs for San Jose St. The Spartan catcher went 2-for-3 on the day and hit his third home run of the season in the sixth to break up Garcia's no-hit bid.
Ryan Spilborghs supplied the Gauchos with their only run of the game, tagging a solo shot over the right field fence for his second homer of the season in the seventh inning. Spilborhgs hit also broke up Rogelstads no-hitter.
In the ninth inning, Spilborghs had a chance to tie or win the game for the Gauchos as they had a runner on second with two outs. But Mike Durkin came in for Rogelstad and got the junior from Santa Barbara to ground out to the second baseman to end the game and earn his first save of the season.
UCSB and SJSU will return to action tomorrow at noon for the second game of a three game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.