May 7, 2000
Las Cruces, NM -
Following Saturday's 20-5 loss at New Mexico State, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team entered Sunday's finale of a three game series looking for redemption and they found it.
With five players collecting at least a pair of hits, the Gauchos routed the Aggies by a score of 16-4 to take two out of three in the Big West series at Las Cruces.
UCSB led 4-1 when reliever Joe Isaacson entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. After walking an Aggie batter to load the bases, Isaacson recorded a strikeout, ending the NMSU threat. The teams remained scoreless until the Gaucho sixth.
Santa Barbara piled up five runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs, to secure the win. With one out , second baseman Chad Peshke singled to center. Designated hitter Tyler Von Schell then popped out. Peshke stole second with two outs and that is when the slugfest began. Shortstop Jeff Bannon drilled an RBI single to right field, scoring Peshke. Bannon advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Catcher Donovan Warrecker then singled to center, scoring Bannon. Warrecker also advanced to second on the throw home. Third baseman Jon Stephens lined a double down the left field line, scoring Warrecker. Stephens moved to third on a passed ball and after center fielder R.J. Smith walked, the duo scored on a double by right fielder Andy Campanella. The double by Campanella gave the Gauchos an insurmountable 9-1 lead.
Isaacson wound up earning the victory to go 3-0 on the season. A day after New Mexico State piled up 20 runs, he limited the Aggies to three earned runs and three hits in 3.1 innings. Isaacson also struck out a career-best six batters in his 3.1 innings.
Offensively in the 16-4 win, the Gauchos outhit NMSU by a 20-7 margin. Von Schell led the way by going 5-for-6 with a home run a double, five RBI and a pair of runs scored. Warrecker went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBI and three runs scored. Peshke went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and a stolen base. Two Gauchos, Stephens and Smith, each went 2-for-3 in the victory.
With the win, UCSB is now 14-10 in Big West play and 24-22 overall. NMSU drops to 3-21 in league and 18-31 overall. The Gauchos will return to the diamond on Tuesday, May 9 when they host Loyola Marymount in a game rescheduled because of rain. The Gaucho game against the 14th-ranked Lions will begin at 1:00 p.m.