January 29, 2000

Baseball Drops Opener, 4-3 To University Of Utah

Jan. 28, 2000

Box Score

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Utah scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Friday afternoon for a 4-3 baseball victory that spoiled UCSB's season opener at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Utah's Sam Swinson stroked the two-out single cleanly down the right-field line to score a runner from second. The hit came off Chris Quiroz, who relieved UCSB starter Gabe Neboyia at the start of the seventh inning.

The Gauchos, meanwhile, scored three runs off Utah starter David Ebrights in the first inning, then were shut down the rest of the way.

Chris Crawley led off the game with a base hit and Dan Kemper doubled him to third. Chad Peshke's sacrifice fly scored Crawley and Mike Kolbach singled home Kemper. Kolbach then came around on Dave Molidor's deep RBI double.

The Gauchos loaded the bases one out later in the first but Ebrights struck the next two batters to get out of trouble. He pitched the rest of the way, limiting UCSB to seven hits overall.

"We came out like gangbusters," said UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema."Then after the first inning we couldn't muster much of anything. (Ebrights) was very effective.

"You don't want to lose. The fact they played three games already probably helped them, they've seen more live pitching than we had. But it was a well-played game on both sides. If we play this well, we're going to have a real good year."

Crawley and Molidor each had two hits for the Gauchos. Freshman Ryan Spilborghs, formerly of Santa Barbara High, got a two-out triple in the eighth but was stranded.

UCSB is scheduled to play Centenary tonight (5 p.m. start) at Cal Poly, if Centenary makes it. The Louisiana team was snowed in on Friday.