20th-Ranked Baseball Pounds Cal Poly 9-1, Prepares For Home Finale Tomorrow

May 19, 2001

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Santa Barbara, Calif. - Donovan Warrecker and Ryan Spilborghs are at the bottom of the UC Santa Barbara lineup, but on Saturday they helped the Gauchos remain near the top of the Big West Conference.

Warrecker and Spilborghs combined to produce four hits and five runs, as UCSB evened its series with Cal Poly Saturday, defeating the Mustangs 9-1 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Cal Poly got on the board early, scoring a run in the first inning, but the Gauchos bounced back in the second inning, scoring three. Tyler Von Schell led off with a double, but two outs later he was still standing at third base. That's when Warrecker did his thing. With a 2-2 count, the UCSB catcher stroked a single to right field, tying the score at 1-1. Then, it was Spilborghs turn as he singled to right field as well, moving Warrecker to third. Spilborghs, who extended his school-record hitting streak to 32 games with the single, then teamed with Warrecker, executing a perfect double steal to give the Gauchos a 2-1 lead. Skip Schumaker singled home Spilborghs, making it 3-1 Gauchos after two.

UCSB extended its lead in the fifth, and again it was Spilborghs in the middle of things. He led off with a single, stole second and scored one out later on an RBI single off the bat of Mike Kolbach. The Gauchos added a run in the seventh and four in the eighth to ice the victory.

After a shaky first inning in which he gave up a run, Gaucho starter Rylie Ogle settled in and went six innings, allowing seven hits and walking just two, to earn his tenth win of the season. Jeremy Sugarman pitched a pair of hitless innings and Jamie Gonzales hurled the ninth close it out. Ogle, who is now 10-2 on the season, joins James Garcia, to become the first duo in school history to record double-figure wins in the same season.

In addition to Spilborghs and Warrecker, who had two hits apiece, Chad Peshke had three, including the 68th double of his career, a new school record. Schumaker also had a pair of hits in the win.

The victory by the Gauchos improves them to 39-14 on the season and 12-5 in the Big West. Cal Poly drops to 29-26 overall and 7-10 in league. With the win, UCSB clinches at least second place in the conference. If Cal State Fullerton loses later tonight, and tomorrow, and if the Gauchos win their regular season finale (vs. Cal Poly at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon), then UCSB would win the Big West title.