March 19, 2001

Baseball Takes Break For Finals, Hosts Dartmouth Saturday

March 19, 2001

This Week In Gaucho Baseball (TWIGB)
Saturday, March 24, Noon - Dartmouth (DH)

Hitmaker
After giving up the game-tying run in the 11th inning on the mound Saturday, centerfielder Skip Schumaker came back in the 12th with an RBI triple to put the Gauchos up one. Sunday, the sophomore went 3-for-4, including two doubles. Thursday vs. Columbia, the leadoff man had a 4-for-5 day and scored three times. In all, he hit .536 and slugged .947 on the week, with four doubles and two triples. He also scored a team-high seven times and stole three bases. Schumaker was named Big West Player of the Week today, the third Gaucho to earn Conference weekly honors (Bannon, Ogle). He is currently second in the conference with 38 hits.

No Double-G Here
Senior lefthander Rylie Ogle is good. After losing his first start in the opening series at San Jose State, the Seal Beach native has won in five straight outings, the last of which was UCSB's 8-6 triumph at Long Beach State yesterday. Ogle, who redshirted at Long Beach out of high school, gave up six runs, two earned, on seven hits in seven innings of work. He leads the Gauchos with a 5-1 record and 2.21 ERA. His win total ties him for first in the Big West with Fullerton's Jon Smith and Kirk Saarloos.

Smorgasborghs
Ryan Spilborghs had himself a weekend at Long Beach State. The sophomore right fielder and Santa Barbara native continually kept the Gauchos in the game Saturday, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. His four hits, a career high, all came after the fifth inning. Sunday, Spilborghs' three-run double put UCSB ahead 6-3 in the fifth. In five games last week, Spilly led the team with a .643 average (9-for-14) and nine RBI. He also scored four runs, swiped two bases, and was flawless in ten chances in right field. On the season, he is hitting .333 with 18 RBI and 16 runs.

Body Suit Man
In case you hadn't noticed, and since no mention was made of it here you probably hadn't, Tyler Von Schell had a season-long 19-game hitting streak going into Sunday's game at Long Beach State. Von Schell managed an RBI single Saturday to keep the streak alive, but was held hitless yesterday. The streak was just three-games short of the school record 22-gamer Jeff Antoon posted in 1991. Von Schell leads UCSB with 15 extra-base hits, including seven doubles and seven homers. His .706 slugging percentage is second only to Jed Stringham's robust .907 mark.

The Skipper, Too
Bob Brontsema returns for his eighth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 189-198 (.488). UCSB's best record under Brontsema came in 1996, when it went 32-20 overall and 14-7 in Big West games, good for an NCAA Regionals appearance. With his 28-25 finish in 2000, Brontsema has posted two straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.

Gaucho Baseball: Who's Next?
It's not the California Lottery, but it's still pretty darn exciting. UCSB play two Saturday with visiting Dartmouth, beginning at noon. The Big Green enter this week with a 1-3 record. Sunday, the Gauchos will leave for the Hawai'i tournament, where they will play eight games in seven days before returning home in time to play at Westmont Wednesday, April 4.

The Bottom Line: Gaucho Hitting and Pitching Leaders
Molidor .444, Schumaker .418, Stringham .372, Kolbach .360, Peshke .354, Von Schell .353, Bannon .350, Ogle 2.21, Vasquez 3.38, Garcia 3.95, Sugarman 4.30.