Baseball Tops Visiting UC Riverside On Second Straight Day To Improve To 24-8, Its Best Start Since 1984

April 7, 2001

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Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (24-8) used an impressive performance by junior pitcher James Garcia to beat visiting UC Riverside (12-20) a second straight day, 7-2. The win gives UCSB its best start since 1984 and is its 12th triumph in the last 13 games.

The Gauchos broke a scoreless tie in the second when Donovan Warrecker doubled down the right field line to score Jeff Bannon, and then came around on a Ryan Spilborghs double to left center.

With a 5-1 advantage heading into its half of the eighth, UCSB sealed the victory by tacking on two more runs. Bannon led off the inning with a single to center and then moved to third on a Jed Stringham double to right center. After Warrecker walked to load the bases, Spilborghs grounded out to short, scoring Bannon. The inning ended on a Jared Schumaker sacrifice fly to left, to score pinch runner Andy Campanella, and a throw to third to get Warrecker trying to advance.

Garcia, who allowed just one run on three Highlander hits in seven innings struck out eight men to get the win and improve to 5-1 on the season. Russell Wirth tossed the final two innings for UCSB, surrendering one unearned run and fanning three to earn his first save of the year. Wirth has now gone 8.1 innings on the year and has yet to give up an earned run.

Warrecker, Spilborghs, Mike Kolbach and Tyler Von Schell each had two hits for UCSB, with Spilborghs notching two RBI.

UCSB and UC Riverside will play a third game tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:00 p.m.