April 10, 2001
Los Angeles, CA - Matt Vasquez had another soilid outing on the hill for UC Santa Barbara, but four unearned runs for No. 9 USC in the seventh inning gave the Trojans a 6-4 win, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans (24-12) have won nine of their last 11 games while the loss snapped the Gauchos' (25-9) six-game winning streak.
Vasquez (4-2) had kept the Trojans off the scoreboard after allowing two runs in the first inning until three errors in the seventh led to four USC runs.
Jon Brewster reached first in the seventh on an error by second baseman Chad Peshke. Pinch-hitter Rob Garibaldi singled to left, advancing Brewster to second. Brian Barre then hit a chopper down the third base line. Vasquez threw the ball to third base, but third baseman Dave Molidor had come up after the ball. Brewster beat the throw from shortstop Jeff Bannon for the first run. Seth Davidson then reached on an error by Bannon, scoring Garibaldi to tie the game at 4-4.
A groundout by Anthony Lunetta advanced Barre and Davidson and Bill Peavey was intentionally walked to load the bases. Josh Persell hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Barre in what proved to be the game-winning run. Alberto Concepcion singled to left to plate Davidson to cap the four-run inning for the Trojans.
Fraser Dizard recorded his fourth save of the season with 1 1/3 perfect innings for the Trojans.
UCSB tied the game at two when Ryan Spilborghs hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the top of the 2nd, scoring Tyler Von Schell and Bannon. The Gauchos captured the lead at 3-2 when a Von Schell sacrafice fly scored Peshke. Jed Stringham rounded out the Gaucho scoring in the fifth when his single up the middle scored Dave Molidor who led off the inning with a double.
In all, UCSB left 11 runners on base, but the three errors and four unearned runs in the seventh was the difference in the ballgame.
The Gauchos will open Big West Conference play this weekend as they will travel to Cal State Northridge for a three-game series Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
UC Santa Barbara 021-010-000--- 4-9-3 USC 200-000-40x--- 6-9-0 Vasquez, Wirth (7), Gonzales (8) and Warrecker. Clark, Bannister (5), Olson (8), Dizard (9) and Concepcion. WP - Bannister (3-4) LP - Vasquez (4-2) S - Dizard (4) T: 3:17 ATT: 375