Baseball Looks To Improve On Upcoming Week

March 13, 2000

The Week That Was
The Gauchos lost another scheduled game this past Monday against Cal Lutheran because of rain. There has been no makeup date announced. The Gauchos then went down to Los Angeles to take on USC on Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Santa Barbara, but because of the wet conditions, the game was played in Los Angeles. USC defeated the Gauchos 6-5. This past weekend, the Gauchos went to Tucson, AZ to battle the Wildcats in the final weekend series before Big West play begins. The Gauchos salvaged one win on Saturday (15-12), but dropped games on Friday (12-8) and Sunday (10-4). The Gauchos fall to 9-10 on the season.

Pitching Woes Continue For The Gauchos The Gaucho pitching staff increased their ERA by more than .5 due to their poor weekend pitching performances. The staff allowed double-digit runs in each of the three games for the first time all season. In all, the team let up 34 runs, 28 of which were earned.

The Molidor Watch Continues
Junior third baseman, Dave Molidor has finally worked his way up the batting average ladder. He now leads the team in virtually every offensive category. He has a .389 batting average, 28 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs, 23 RBI, 47 total bases, and a .653 slugging percentage.

Campanella Not Letting Second Year Jitters Get To Him
Andy Campanella has started 12 games this season and played in 18 total games thus far. Those 18 games are well over his total for the entire season last year. On the season, Campanella is batting .347, second on the team. He also has an unblemished defensive stat. He has made 32 putouts from the outfield without making an error.

Bannon Big In Win
In Saturday's game against Arizona, Junior shortstop, Jeff Bannon had his best offensive game of the season. He went 3-for-4 with a home run (2) and a double (5). He drove in five runs and scored one run. On the season, Bannon is batting .219 and has has 12 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Gauchos vs. Ranked Opponents
This season, the Gauchos have had their troubles against nationally ranked opponents. UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, USC, and Arizona have all been ranked at one time this season. The Gauchos record against these teams is a meager 1-8. The Gauchos will have at least ten more games against ranked opponents this season.

On the Horizon
Hopefully the rain has subsided for the season and the Gauchos can get back to playing ball instead of playing water cleanup crew. The Gauchos will host Pac 10 member, Washington State on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. The Cougars come to Santa Barbara with an 8-12 record and are coming off a series against Oregon State in which they dropped 2-of-3. This weekend, the Gauchos head to Sacramento to take on Sacramento State to open Big West competition. Currently, the Hornets are 5-11, but will play the University of Hawaii and UC Davis in midweek single games before facing the Gauchos. Game times are 2:00 pm on Friday, and 1:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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