May 6, 2000
Las Cruces, NM -
On Saturday night in Las Cruces, New Mexico, things started out poorly for the UC Santa Barbara baseball team and then they got worse.
New Mexico State took advantage of the wildness of Gaucho pitching to pile up 14 runs in the first three innings and from there the Aggies coasted to a 20-5 Big West win.
UCSB starting pitcher Jeremy Sugarman went only 1.1 innings and allowed eight runs, all earned, on six hits and three walks. He was relieved by Jamie Gonzales, who allowed only one hit, but walked five in 1.1 innings and he was credited with five earned runs. In all, Sugarman and Gonzales combined to pitch 2.2 innings, giving up 13 runs, all earned, seven hits and eight walks.
Aggie left fielder Casey Crume belted his 13th home run of the season and had seven RBI to lead the way. In all, NMSU collected 15 hits and they were handed 11 walks.
Offensively, the Gauchos were able to log five runs on nine hits. They were only able to muster two runs over the first six innings, however, and they entered the seventh trailing 19-2. Designated hitter Tyler Von Schell had three hits, including a double. Jeff Bannon went 2-for-5 with his ninth home run and a double. Two other Gauchos, second baseman Chad Peshke and first baseman Mike Kolbach, each had a pair of hits and each also chipped in with a double.
Sugarman was tagged with the loss and he now drops to 2-5 on the season. Overall, the Gauchos are 23-22 and they are now 13-10 in Big West play. New Mexico State improves to 18-30 on the year, 3-20 in league play.
The teams will play again Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (PDT), the finale of the three game series.