Feb. 5, 2000
The Gauchos took the second of a three-game series against the visiting San Jose State Spartans, 7-6, in ten innings.
Chris Sherman, the ace for the Spartans, shut down the Gauchos through five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, trailing by four, the Gauchos put one run on the board. Chad Peshke's double drove in Chris Crawley, who walked earlier in the inning, to pull the Gauchos within three.
The Spartans answered with two runs in the top half of the seventh to increase the lead to 6-1, but the Gauchos went back to work in their half of the seventh. Jeff Bannon moved Tyler Von Schell to third after doubling, and the two of them scored after Crawley drove them in with a single of his own.
Both teams went scoreless in the eighth, and the Spartans went scoreless in the top half of the ninth. The Gauchos showed that they would not give this game to the Spartans.
Down three, with two outs to in the bottom of the ninth, the Gauchos went to work. Spilborghs drew a walk and advanced to second on a Crawley single. Jon Stephens hit a pinch-hit single that loaded the bases for the Gauchos. Chad Peshke drew a walk that brought in Spilborghs and kept the bases loaded, and the Gauchos still trailing by two. Mike Kolbach then singled to right-center that brought in Crawley and pinch runner, Andy Campanella. Kolbach was thrown out at second trying to advance on the play. The Gauchos tied up the game and sent it to extra innings.
Peter Dyball and Bing Cain kept the Spartan's bats silent in the top of the tenth, and that brought the Gauchos up to win the game. Molidor singled and was replaced by Jeff Carter to pinch-run. Carter went to third after Von Schell reached on an error by the second baseman. Bannon was intentionally walked to load up the bases and Donovan Warrecker became the hero for the day as he singled to bring in Carter and win the game.
Cain picked up his second win on the season and first in relief. Rylie Ogle started the game and went 6.2 innings of strong pitching. Jared Sandler earned his first loss on the season.
The Gauchos look to complete the sweep of the Spartans on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.