Feb. 23, 2002
Las Vegas, Nev. - Down 7-1, the UC Santa Barbara (8-6) took advantage of the strong wind blowing out of Wilson Stadium, scoring a bakers dozen on four homers in the fifth inning, to defeat Creighton (0-3) 23-10 at the Rebel Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gaucho starter James Dayley appeared to get off to a good start for the Gauchos, striking out the first two Creighton batters in the first. However, things began to unravel after that. The following batter Chris Hinrichs, hit a double off the fence in right center and then proceeded to score on a throwing error by Taylor Vogt on Hinrichs' steal of third base. The next batter, Scott Allen then homered to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. Dayley continued to struggle, walking the next three batters to load the bases. However, the Paul, Idaho, native struck the next batter out looking, to strikeout the side and limit Creightons damage to two runs in the first inning.
Dayley gave up a bloop single to start the second, but right fielder Ryan Spilborghs made a heads-up play by throwing out the runner at first when the runner rounded first base too aggressively, getting the Gauchos their first out of the inning. After walking the next batter, Dayley struck out the following two batters looking to end the inning with the Blue Jays still leading 2-0.
Creighton tacked on two more runs off Dayley in the third. With a runner on second, Ryan Fitzgerald hit a line drive to center which appeared catchable, but the gusty winds at Wilson Stadium blew the ball over centerfielder Andy Campanellas head for a run-scoring double, making the score 3-0 Blue Jays. After giving up one more run and loading the bases, Kevin Miller came in to replace Dayley with one out in the third. Dayley surrendered five runs on seven hits, three walks while striking out six in two and one-thirds innings of work.
The Gauchos got on the board tn the fourth, after a ground out by Matt Wilkerson, secondbaseman Chris Malec smacked a double off the top of the wall in right-center and later scored on a single ripped to right by Nate Sutton to trail 5-1.
Creighton came right back in the bottom of the inning, with two more runs on a home run by Tyler Davies, off Miller, to make it 7-1 Jays.
Then the Gauchos came back with a vengeance.
In the top of the fifth UCSB scored 12 runs on four homers to take a 13-7 lead.
The Gauchos got started with a pair of home runs from Andy Campanella and Chris Malec, to make it a 7-5 ballgame. Campanellas homer, his first of the year, was tagged over the centerfield wall and Malecs, his fifth of the year, was a three-run blast, also drilled over the centerfield wall.
UCSB was not done in the fifth, as Creighton starter Steve Grasley (0-1) continued to struggle, loading the bases for R.J. Smith. The senior leftfielder, then proceeded to smack a single into right, scoring Josh McCanne and Nate Sutton, tying the game up at 7-7. Campanella then came up again and almost hit his second homer of the inning, hitting a double off the right center wall, driving in two more runs.
The Gauchos were still not done as Dave Light reached base for the second time with his single to right scoring Campanella to make it 10-7 UCSB. Spilborghs followed up Lichts single with his second hit of the inning, a two-run homer over the right-center wall to make it 12-7. The following batter, Matt Wilkerson, then smacked his fourth homer of the year to straight-away center, making it 13-7 Gauchos. Chris Malec then grounded to second to end the inning.
Overall in the fifth, UCSB sent 15 batters to the plate, getting 10 hits, four home runs and scoring 12 runs. The Gauchos went from trailing 7-1 to a 13-7 lead.
The Gauchos offensive tear was not done as they struck for four more runs in the seventh as Licht started off the inning by lacing a double off then fence in right center and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a Spilborghs strikeout, Malec singled over the shortstop to drive in Licht, making it 14-7 UCSB. Josh McCanne followed with a single and then Nate Sutton walked to load the bases. The next batter, Vogt, ripped a bases clearing double down the rightfield line to make it 17-7.
Malec would knock in two more runs in the eighth with a bases loaded single to right, to make it 19-9. On the day, Malec went 4-for-6 with six RBI, a double and a homer. This is Malec's second six-RBI game this season.
Creighton answered back with two runs of its own in the eighth on Davies second homer of the game, a two-run blast over the center field wall to make it 19-9 Gauchos. Davies went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI for the Blue Jays.
Miller (2-0) gets the win for the Gauchos, his second on the season, going 5.2 innings yielding four runs while striking out four batters.
Ryan Spilborghs went 5-for-7 for the Gauchos with a double, a homer and four runs scored. Seven Gauchos had two or more hits in the game.
UCSB scored 23 runs on 25 hits and committed three errors. Creighton scored 10 on 15 hits, committing four errors.
The Gauchos return to action Sunday February 24 for their third and final game at the UNLV invite. UCSB with take on host UNLV. The first pitch is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m.