Feb. 22, 2002
Las Vegas, Nev. - Michigan State (1-0) opened their season with a bang, knocking six home runs out of the park to go with 24 hits, to down the Gauchos 19-14, on a wild first day of action at the Rebel Invitational at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Michigan States number four and five batters, Brady Burrill and Chris McCuiston, did most of the damage, going a combined 10-for-10 at the plate with five home runs, nine runs scored and 10 RBI. Kyle Geswein (1-0) gets the win for the Spartans in relief.
UCSB also swung the bat well, banging out 14 runs on 16 hits. With the defeat UCSB falls to 7-6 on the season.
Ryan Spilborghs led the Gauchos offensively, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double , and four RBI. Mike Sutherland (0-1) takes the loss for UCSB in relief surrendering back-to-back homers from Burrill and McCuiston in the eighth inning of a 9-9 tie ballgame.
The Spartans jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the top of the third. However, the Gauchos responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by two back-to-back doubles by Andy Campanella and Dave Licht followed by a two-run homer by Spilborghs to tie the game up 6-6.
UCSB starter James Garcia was roughed up for seven runs and ten hits while striking out three batters in five innings pitched. The Gauchos used six pitchers in all.
UCSB will return to action at the Rebel Invitational tommorrow at 11:00 a.m. when they take on Creighton.