March 25, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara took game one against the visiting New Mexico State Aggies in a Saturday matinee, 9-5. The Gauchos improve to 12-12 overall and 2-2 in the Big West, while the Aggies fall to 15-14 overall and 0-4 in Big West play.
The Gauchos took the lead for good in the first inning when Tyler Von Schell hit a three-run blast over the left field fence to score Dave Molidor and Mike Kolbach. This brought the Gaucho lead to 4-0 because leadoff batter, Jeff Carter walked to start the game, stole second, and scored the first Gaucho run when Kolbach singled to right.
The Aggies put two runs on the board in their half of the second, but the Gauchos turned right around in the third, with two more runs, when Donovan Warrecker blasted one over the left field fence to bring in Molidor who walked earlier in then inning. The score was now 6-2, but neither team were done scoring.
The Aggies put single runs on the board in fourth and fifth and the Gauchos did the same in the fifth, sixth and eighth.
With the score 9-4 going into the top of the ninth, the Gauchos looked like they were in for smooth sailing. This was not the case. The Aggies put a ralley together that scored only one run, but also brought the tying run to the plate. All this was just aq scare as the Gaucho pitching staff shut the door on the Aggies chances.
Gabe Neboyia was off-and-on for the Gauchos, but did manage to go five innings for the win (2-4) while allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking five. Freshman Jim Bullard came in relief for Neboyia and went the remaining four innings to earn his second save on the season.
Todd Uzzell picked up the loss for the Aggies and he dropps to 2-4 on the seoson.
The same two teams battle again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and wrap up the series on Monday, also at 1:00 p.m.