March 1, 2001
Los Angeles - UC Santa Barbara (6-4) scored early and often at Loyola Marymount (9-7) to cruise to a 15-4 victory Thursday afternoon.
The Gauchos got on the board in the second when Dave Molidor and Tyler Von Schell connected on back-to-back solo home runs on consecutive pitches to give coach Bob Brontsema's team a 2-0 lead. It was the first time UCSB teammates had gone back-to-back since 1997.
After adding a run in the third, UCSB took a firm hold on its lead with a three-run fourth, highlighted by a two-run home run by Jared Schumaker, his first of the season, followed immediately by a Mike Kolbach single and Chad Peshke triple. Schumaker finished the game 3-for-5 with a game-high four RBI and two runs. Peshke also had three RBI on the day.
UCSB put the game out of reach when it added eight runs in the fifth inning. The first five Gauchos to reach base scored. Shortly thereafter, Molidor and Peshke singled and came home on a three-run Jeff Bannon homer, also his first.
After five, the Gauchos led 14-0 after getting a stellar performance by starting pitcher James Garcia (2-1). Garcia threw five shutout innings during which he held the Lions to just two hits, before tiring and surrendering two runs on three hits in the sixth. Garcia earned the win, and was relieved by Jeremy Sugarman, Rob More and Matt Vasquez, who each threw one inning apiece.
Von Schell added the exclamation point in the Gaucho sixth when he homered on the first pitch of his at-bat for the second time on the day. It was Von Schell's second two-homer game of the year.
UCSB will host Temple in an 11:00 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. single game Sunday.