Gauchos Hope To Continue Streak

Feb. 23, 2000

A Week In Review The rain tried to put a damper on things for the Gauchos, but UCSB would have none of it. They took the first two games against Cal State Northridge on Friday and Saturday, 12-4 and 6-2 respectively. Sunday's game was rained out after "Storm 2000" hit the central and south coast. Since the Gauchos game on Tuesday was rained out against Westmont, the Gauchos traveled down to Northridge to finish off the Matadors and complete their first sweep on the season, 4-2.

A Force To Be Reckoned With The Gauchos starting pitching have been nothing less than impressive so far this season. This past weekend, the Gaucho starting staff went a combined 23.1 innings, allowing only five earned runs. Maybe the most impressive stat making the coaching staff the happiest is the strikeout to walk ratio: 26:9. The bullpen is holding up its end of the bargain as well. Again this past weekend, they did not let in a single run, and Chris Quiroz picked up his first save of the season.

Neboyia For President Gabe Neboyia was a solid reason why the Gauchos won on Saturday. He pitched his first complete game of the season and struck out an impressive 13 Northridge batters. Neboyia hit his spots all day and only allowed seven Northridge batters to reach base. He allowed two runs, but only one was earned.

Andy Campanella Makes The Best Out Of His Opportunities 4 Campanella came into the weekend with only three hits in nine at bats and a .333 average. After putting a hurt on Northridge pitching, Campanella sports a .429 batting average after going 6-for-12 with a double and four runs scored in the sweep of Cal State Northridge. Look for Campanella to roam left field if he keeps up this pace.

Stephens Comes Up Big In Finale As a part time player, Jon Stephens has to make good use of his time when the opportunities arise. In the finale vs. Cal State Northridge, Stephens started in the designated hitter position and made an instant impact on the outcome of the game. Stephens came up in the first with two runners on, and belted his first home run of the year. On the season, Stephens leads the Gauchos with a .500 batting average and second on the team with nine RBI.

Jared Schumaker Out Indefinatly After dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's game against Cal State Northridge, Schumaker will remain sidelined indefinatly. Surgery might be required, and a decision on a possible medical redshirt will be made in the future.

Waves Approach The Gauchos The Pepperdine waves come to Santa Barbara with a record of 5-7 after losing Tuesday to UCLA, 11-7, and taking 2-of-3 from the California Bears over the weekend. They took Friday's game 8-2, were defeated on Saturday 15-4, and bounced back to take the rubber match 5-3. The Waves began the season in the top-25, but tough losses have seen the Waves fall from the national rankings. As a team, the Waves are batting .276, and four everyday starters come into the series with averages over .300 (Jeremy Coronado .450, Danny Garcia .400, Jeremy White .306, and Dane Sardinha .333).

This weekend the Gauchos and Waves will play a three-game series. Two games will be played in Santa Barbara (Friday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm) and one will be played in Malibu (Saturday at noon).