August 24, 2011

Former Gaucho Skip Schumaker Takes to Mound

ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker has long wanted the opportunity to pitch in a Major League game. Now that he's done it, though, once is enough.

Schumaker pitched the ninth inning of the Cardinals' 13-2 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, striking out two batters and allowing a two-run homer to former teammate Aaron Miles. Now that he's scratched the itch, he'll be fine if he doesn't get the chance again.

"You never want to be in that situation, because that means you're down by a lot," said Schumaker, who did a little pitching in college. "It's a lot closer to the plate, to the hitter, than I remembered from college."

Schumaker topped 90 mph on the radar gun. He said that his arm, troubled earlier in the year by an elbow injury, felt fine both before and after. He was mostly just frustrated to give up a long ball to Miles, never known as a power threat.

"To give up a homer to Miles of all guys was a little disappointing," he said good-naturedly. "But it is what it is. It was fun. But I don't think I want to do it again, just because that means we're down by a lot."

UCSB Athletics just announced its 2011-12 Hall of Fame class. To see who earned the nod, please click here.

The Hall of Fame inductees and other honorees are selected by The Gaucho Order, an alumni board and an Athletics Department staff committee.  The names are submitted to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark Massari for approval.

For more information on UCSB's letterwinners program, The Gaucho Order, click here.  For a complete list of Hall of Fame members, click here.  For information on Legends of the Dome, click here.

Information from MLB.com was used in this story.

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