April 14, 2000
Santa Barbara, Ca. - Dave Moidor sent the Mustangs back to Cal Poly on a somber note when he hit a ninth inning three run home run to right center field to lift the Gauchos to an 11-8 win, sending their overall record to 18-16 and 8-5 in the Big West. Cal Poly drops to 17-18 overall and 8-8 in the Big West.
The Gaucho offense battled back to either tie the score or take the lead on four different occasions. The Mustangs jumped out to an early two nothing lead in the first when Steve Wood double, scoring Brian Oaxley who also doubled earlier in the inning. Kyle Albright also doubled later in the inning to bring Wood around to score and give the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead.
The Gauchos picked away at the lead in the second when they scored a single run on an RBI single by R.J. Smith. The Gauchos evened the score in the fourth on a Jeff Bannon double down the right field line that brought Dave Molidor into score.
The score would remain tied until the Mustangs came to bat in their half of the fifth. Steve Wood hit his 11th home run on the season, bringing in Oxley to make the score 4-2. The Mustangs scored one more in the sixth and another in the seventh for their largest lead in the game, 6-2.
The Gauchos mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh. In the inning, the Gauchos sent 11 batters the plate, scored five run on four hits. Chad Peshke had the big hit in the inning when he tripled to right, bringing in Jeff Carter and Smith. Peshke later scored the final run in the inning on a wild pitch to give the Gauchos a 7-6 lead.
That lead would not hold up however, as the Mustangs sprang for two more runs in the eighth when Scott Sheldon brought in Jason Barringer when he belted his second home run on the season to give the Mustangs the lead once again, 8-7.
Agian, the Gauchos fought back. They managed to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth when Bannon homered to right center field.
The Gauchos had the last say in this ball game. With the score tied 8-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Molidor came to the plate with runners on first and second and one out. With the count 2-0, Mustang reliever Kevin Correia threw a a ball to Molidor that eventually landed well over the right center field fence for Molidors fourth home run on the season. The Gauchos team ran out to congratulate Molidor, as he finished a 3-for-5 day with with three RBI and two runs scored. Bannon also had an outstanding day at the plate. He finished with four hits, including the home run in the eighth and a double in the fourth, three runs scored, and two RBI.
The same two teams continue the series tomorrow at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium with a start time of 1:00 p.m.