Feb. 16, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (2-3) used two monster home runs by junior designated hitter Jed Stringham, part of an 18-hit Gaucho attack, to top visiting Santa Clara (1-7) Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Stringham clubbed a two-run home run in a five-run Gaucho first and later added a solo shot in the seventh. The big first inning put the Gauchos ahead for good, as they answered the two-spot the Broncos' had posted in the top of the inning. The homers were Stringham's fourth and fifth of the season in just 13 at-bats.
Also with big days at the plate were Dave Molidor (4-for-5) who doubled and homered, Jeff Bannon (3-for-3) who knocked two doubles and Andy Campanella (3-for-4), making his first start after recovering from an early shoulder injury. Joe Diefenderfer and Jimmy Wallace each had two hits for Santa Clara.
Rylie Ogle gave the Gauchos all they needed on the mound. Making his second start of the season, Ogle allowed four runs (three earned) on seven Bronco hits in five and one third innings. Jeremy Sugarman came on in the sixth to close out the game and earn his first career save in the process. Sugarman surrendered just one hit and one unearned run in three and two thirds.
UCSB and Santa Clara will play Game 2 of their three-game set Saturday at 1:00 p.m.