Feb. 2, 2001
San Jose, Calif. - UCSB (1-1) opened its 2001 season in a grand fashion Friday, posting 19 hits, including three home runs, en route to a 15-8 triumph at 2000 College World Series participant San Jose State (1-1).
The Gaucho offense was led by junior first baseman Tyler Von Schell, who clubbed a pair of two-run homers in a 3-for-4 effort on the day. Senior second baseman Chad Peshke drove in five runs on another two-run homer and two singles, while leadoff man Jared Schumaker had four hits and scored three times.
Head coach Bob Brontsema's team jumped out to a 10-2 lead after four innings and never looked back. The Gauchos went ahead 3-0 in the top of the first on an RBI single by senior Dave Molidor and Von Schell's first long ball. An RBI single by Peshke and a run-scoring double by Molidor made it 5-0 after three. Von Schell's second big fly of the game capped a five-run UCSB fourth inning. Six San Jose State runs over the final three stanzas could only pull the Spartans within seven.
Junior transfer James Garcia (El Camino JC) earned the win for UCSB in a very strong outing. Garcia gave up four runs on seven Spartan hits while striking out seven in seven innings of work. Junior transfer Matt Moran (Consumnes River JC) and freshman Matt Vasquez (Santa Barbara HS) each threw one inning for the Gauchos.
The teams will play the second game of their three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Municipal Stadium.