April 7, 2000
Stockton, Calif. - Gabe Neboyia (3-5) went eight strong innings to help UC Santa Barbara take game one of a three game Big West Conference series at the University of the Pacific, 10-7. The Gauchos improve their record to 16-14 overall and 6-4 in the Big West. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 18-14 overall and 1-9 in the Big West.
The Gauchos opened the game with a run in the first, but Pacific answered with two runs in their half of the first. With four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, UCSB increased its lead to 7-2.
Pacific, however, would not go away as they matched the Gauchos with two runs of their own in the fifth. The Gauchos were silent for the next two innings, but in the eighth inning, they scored a single run, and then took their largest lead of the game in the ninth when they scored two more runs, making it 10-4.
Pacific gave the Gauchos a scare when they loaded the bases in the ninth after scoring three runs. This brought the winning run to the plate, but Jim Bullard who entered the game in the ninth with no outs, finished the deal.
Bullard allowed two hits and one run while striking out one in one full inning of relief.
Offensively, every Gaucho batter collected at least one hit. Jeff Carter, Chad Peshke, Mike Kolbach, Donovan Warrecker, Jon Stephens, Jeff Bannon, and R.J. Smith all had two hits apiece. Andy Campanella had the big day for the Gaucho offense with a 3-for-5 performance with two doubles and two runs scored.
The same two teams play the same time (1:00 p.m.) and the same place (Stockton's Billy Hebert Field) tomorrow and then finish the series on Sunday.