April 27, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (30-11, 5-2) make short work of visiting Pacific (20-24, 1-9) 6-1 in two hours, 15 minutes Friday afternoon.
The Gauchos, who entered today tied for third in the Big West, scored three unearned runs with two men out in the first and never looked back, allowing just one Tiger run in the third. A Chad Peshke walk started the rally. Dave Molidor followed with a single to right, and peshke came around to score when Tyler Von Schell hit a ball through the legs of the Pacific first baseman. With Von Schell and Molidor on second and third, respectively, Jeff Bannon laced a single to center to score both men.
The Gauchos added a run of their own in the bottom half of the third when Von Schell led off the inning with a solo home run to right field, his 15th big fly of the year. Two more runs in the seventh, coming on a Mike Kolbach two-run jack to center, sealed the victory for UCSB.
Bannon and Jared Schumaker each had two his for the Gauchos.
Junior righthander James Garcia made it look easy on the hill for the Gauchos. The Torrance native fanned a career-high 11 batters for the third time this season and walked none. He held the Tigers to one earned run on six hits, all singles, in his best outing as a Gaucho. Garcia improved his record to a team-best 8-1, while lowering his ERA to 2.71, also a Gaucho standard.
Today marked the first time a UCSB team has won 30 games in a season since 1996, when it last made NCAA Regionals, finishing the season at 32-20.
The teams will play the second and third games of the Big West Conference series tomorrow at Sunday at 1:00 p.m.