Baseball Three Games Out Of First Place; Next Face New Mexico State
May 1, 2000
What A Week It Was
The Gauchos started the week with a make-up game against the USC Trojans on Tuesday and fell 9-3. Troy Kinto started and only lasted 1.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 on the season. The Gauchos then went to Fullerton to take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a three game Big West Conference series , and managed to take one of the three games. The Gauchos took the final game on Sunday, 11-7. Joe Isaacson earned the win in relief and Dave Molidor and Jeff Bannon added solo home runs to pace the offense. The Gauchos dropped game one 6-1 as Gabe Neboyia went the distance for the loss (4-6). The Gauchos struck out a season high 15 times in that game. The second game saw the Gauchos fall 4-1 as Jeremy Sugarman went six innings for the Gauchos in the loss and he dropped to 2-4 on the season.
Big West Race Heating Up
No single team is running away in the Big West this year as in years past. At this point in the season, Cal State Fullerton is leading the race by one game, but five other teams are as close as four games from the top spot. Nevada overtook Long Beach State for second place with a 14-7 record, one game back, and Long Beach State is two games back at 13-8. The Gauchos and Sacramento State are tied for fourth, three games back with a record of 12-9. Cal Poly rests in the fifth slot, four games out with an 11-10 record.
Do Not Walk This Way
Do not go to the plate expecting to draw a base on balls if you are facing the Gauchos pitching staff, instead, make sure you are swinging the stick. Over this past weekend, the Gaucho staff allowed only five walks while striking out 15 batters. Thus far, the Gauchos have averaged less than four (3.61) walks over nine innings and averaged better than six strikeouts per game.
Carter Playing Big In The One Slot
Junior Jeff Carter has been the consistent left fielder and leadoff batter since early on in the season and he has done his job to get on base. Carter is batting .333 on the season and .353 against Big West foes. Furthermore, Carter has a .445 on base percentage overall and .455 in the Big West. Against Cal State Fullerton, Carter reached base five times, with four hits, one walk, three RBI, and two sacrifice bunts. Carter leads the Gauchos with six sacrifices overall.
Isaacson Walks The Walk, But Does Not Talk The Talk
Senior Joe Isaacson dropped his ERA with impressive performances over the weekend against Cal State Fullerton. Isaacson came in relief in Saturday and Sunday's games allowing eight hits, two runs, six strikeouts and no walks over 6.2 innings. Isaacson's ERA now stands at a team leading 3.16 overall and 2.45 in the Big West. He has a better than 9:1 strikeout to walk ration and lefties are batting a meager .161 of him.
The injury report is far from all quiet. Pitcher Chris Quiroz is out for the season with shoulder troubles as is Jared Schumaker out for the season with a dislocated shoulder. Chris Crawley and Dan Kemper also have shoulder problems and could be out for an extended period of time. Ryan Spiborghs' status has been changed to out for the season as he was fitted for a cast in the middle of April. Phil Galer, a Sunday starter the last couple of weeks came out of Sunday's game against Cal State Fullerton after throwing 2.2 innings due to soreness in his right elbow. His status is day-to -day and may not be able to pitch next weekend against New Mexico State.
On The Horizon
The Gauchos hit the road again this weekend as they travel to Las Cruces to take on New Mexico State Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday's games begin at 7:00 p.m. and the finale on Sunday will get under way at 1:00 p.m. The Gauchos will then come home to host Loyola Marymount in a make-up game that was cancelled earlier in the season due to wet conditions. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.