Baseball Bitten By Visiting Lions

March 1, 2000

Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos dropped their third game in a row, Wednesday, when they lost 11-9 to the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Gauchos fall to 7-7 on the season, while the Lions (ranked 20th in the country) improve to 10-3. This game was a makeup game that was cancelled earlier in the season due to rain.

The Gauchos jumped out to the early lead, as they put up one run in the first, when Dave Molidor singled home Chad Peshke, who singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

The third inning saw both teams put three runs apiece on the board. For the Gauchos, Molidor had bases clearing double that brought in R.J. Smith, Peshke, and Chris Crawley.

LMU bounced right back, as they put up four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. This gave LMU their largest lead, 9-4. The Gauchos, however, would not go away.

In the sixth, Donovan Warrecker drew a walk. Pinch hitter, Mike Kolbach also drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Andy Campanella then singled to load the bases. Warrecker scored on Smith's sacrifice fly and Kolbach advanced to third on the play. Crawley had the big hit in the inning, as he drove a line drive down the right field line to clear the bases and two RBI, as well as ending up on third base. Peshke brought in the final run in the inning with a double to left that scored Crawley. With four runs in bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos now trailed 9-8.

The Gauchos finally tied the game (9-9) in the seventh, when Kolbach singled home Warrecker. They would not regain the lead in the game however, as LMU put two runs on the board in the top of the ninth, and the Gauchos were unable to match.

The Gaucho offense was lead by Crawley (3-for-5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs), Peshke (2-for-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI), and Molidor (3-for-5 with 4 RBI).

LMU was able to manage 11 hits on the day, with multi-hit games coming from Mike Hymes (3), Anthony Angel (3) and Tommy Perez (2). Perez was the only player to hit a home run on the day.

James Clelland earned his first win on the season in relief for LMU, while Jamie Gonzalez, in his first start on the season for the Gauchos, picked up the loss. Michael Schultz earned his first save.

The Gauchos will next visit Westmont College, Thursday or Friday, March 2 or 3, depending upon the field conditions at Westmont. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. either day.