March 7, 2000
Los Angeles - The Gauchos gave the USC Trojans a run for their money, but still came up on the wrong end of the stick with the loss, 6-5. The game was held in Los Angeles instead of the scheduled Santa Barbara because the Gauchos' field was deemed unplayable due to the recent storms in the area. With the loss, the Gauchos fall to 8-8, while the 7th ranked Trojans improved their record to 12-3.
The Trojans jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run blast over the left field fence by Anthony Lunetta. The Gauchos fought right back with two runs of their own in the second. With Dave Molidor on first after a lead-off walk, Donovan Warrecker doubled down the left field line and advanced Molidor to third. Tyler Von Schell grounded out to the shortstop, bringing in Moldor with the first run for the Gauchos. Later that inning, Jeff Bannon hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Warrecker and tie the game 2-2.
In the third for the Trojans, Lunetta hit another home run, this time a solo shot over the right-center field fence. This gave the Trojans a 3-2 lead. This lead remained until the Trojans half of the sixth. They managed to put two more runs on the board to up their lead to 5-2.
The Gauchos still had some fight left in them. In the seventh, the Gauchos managed to have runners on second and third. Chris Crawley hit a sacrifice fly to right, which scored Jeff Bannon who walked earlier in the inning, for the only run in the inning. Unfortunately, the Trojans managed another run in their half of the seventh. Going into the eighth, the Gauchos trailed 6-3.
In the eighth, with the bases juiced and two outs,, Andy Campanella drove a ball to right field that brought in Molidor and Mike Kolbach. An R.J. Smith pop-up ended the inning and stranded two Gaucho runners on second and third with the score now, 6-5.
That was all the scoring in the game with the final 6-5.
Once again, the Gaucho pitching kept the team in the ballgame. Gabe Neboyia started and went 5.0 innings and allowed four earned runs, five runs total, while striking out two and allowing only one Trojan walk. Jeremy Sugarman came in relief in the sixth and went the final three innings. He allowed only one earned run and struck out four Trojan batters.
The Gauchos will hopefully escape the weather this weekend when the travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats in a weekend non-conference series. Gaucho will next play at home on Tuesday March 14 when the host Washington State at 2:00 p.m.