May 26, 2001
South Bend, Ind. - UC Santa Barbara (39-16) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (39-17) had their NCAA Regionals elimination game suspended due to rain this afternoon. The game, which started today at 12:00 p.m. central time, was delayed at 1:49 with UCSB leading 12-7 and Wisconsin-Milwaukee batting in the bottom of the fifth. After a rain delay that lasted nearly three hours, the game was officially suspended. Play will resume tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. central time. Today's game was one of three scheduled and postponed at Notre Dame's Frank Eck Stadium. Should the Gauchos win tomorrow's game, they will advance to a second elimination game vs. the loser of the Notre Dame-Florida International game tomorrow afternoon.
UCSB took advantage of a series of mistakes by Wisconsin-Milwaukee to hang a five-spot in the top of the first. The first six Gaucho batters reached base, beginning when leadoff man Jared Schumaker walked. He moved up when the second baseman dropped the toss from the shortstop on a Mike Kolbach ground ball. Chad Peshke then bunted a ball to the third base side of the mound, loading the bases on the single. Dave Molidor then singled to right to move everyone up one bag and put the Gauchos on the scoreboard. Wisconsin-Milwaukee's second error of the game allowed two more runs to score, when Tyler Von Schell hit a fly ball to left that bounced off the outfielder's outstretched glove. That made it 3-0 with runners at second and third and none out. Jeff Bannon then hit a ball that dropped in for an RBI single as the right fielder faltered and couldn't make the catch coming in. The final run of the inning scored when Von Schell came home on Jed Stringham's 6-3 double play ball.
Panther starter Mike Oiler left the game after walking Spilborghs and going 1-0 to Schumaker. Rob Erickson finished the inning. Ryan Spilborghs stole second on the first pitch to the center fielder, and took third on a bunt single to the second baseman. Schumaker then swiped second before Kolbach grounded back to the box. Peshke's bounding single to center scored both men. Joining the steal parade, Peshke promptly took second base. Molidor then lined a ball to right, his second hit of the day. Peshke scored on Von Schell's second sac fly of the afternoon, to give the Gauchos an 8-0 lead after one and half innings.
Gaucho starter Rylie Ogle did not look sharp early either, giving up eight hits over the first three innings. He got by in the first inning by picking off the leadoff batter, who had singled, and sandwiching a second Panther single with two strikeouts. However, a double, two singles, a triple and a third single made it 8-4 in the second. After hitting a batter and giving up a single to start the third, the lefty came back to get a strikeout, fly ball and pop-up.
UW-M brought in Aaron Bushong to pitch in the third, and the Gauchos wasted no time in getting to him, using more Panther errors to increase their lead. Stringham led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the second baseman. He scored on Warrecker's double to the gap in right center while the UCSB catcher advanced to third when the second baseman's relay throw hit Stringham in the thigh and bounced away. Warrecker scored on a Spilborghs sac fly, which the center fielder dropped, enabling Spilborghs to reach second. Schumaker's second single of the day put runners at the corners with none out. Two batters later and with Schumaker at second following another stolen base, Peshke rapped his third hit of the day, a two-run knock to left which put the Gauchos up 12-4.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee used a leadoff triple, single and two-run homer to pull within five at 12-7 after four complete innings. Ogle ended the inning by fanning catcher John VandenBerg, who had collected two hits on the day. The strikeout was Ogle's fifth of the game. The fourth inning was his last. He gave up seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits in the no-decision.
Jeremy Sugarman entered the game in the fifth in relief of Ogle. The righty gave up a leadoff single before a rain delay stalled play, 1:49 into the game.