Feb. 24, 2002
Las Vegas Nev. - After putting up 39 runs in their first two games at the Rebel Invitational, the Gaucho baseball team (9-6) could only muster up three runs in their third game against host UNLV (6-7). But the two runs were enough, as UCSB starter Matt Vasquez (3-1) continued his dominant pitching, holding UNLV to two runs in eight and two-thirds innings to get his third consecutive victory of the season.
Vasquez gave up only four hits, walking two while striking out three. The sophomore from Santa Barbara did not give up a run until back-to-back doubles with two outs in the ninth inning. Jared Edrosolan came in and gave up a hit to make it a close 3-2 ballgame but Edrosolan managed to get the next batter to ground out to get his second save of the season. In Vasquez's last three starts, he has given up three earned runs in 23 and two-thirds innings, good for a 1.14 ERA in that span.
The Hustlin' Rebels starter, Courtney Hall (0-2), was just as effective, shutting down the Gaucho offense for the first four innings, yeilding one hit, a single by Chris Malec. Hall went seven innings giving up two run on five hits, walking three batters while striking out six.
Malec got things started in the fifth, with his second hit of the game, a sharply hit double that banged off the wall in right-center. With two outs Nic Rodriguez singled to left scoring Malec for the first run of the game, giving UCSB a 1-0 lead. The next two batters, Nate Sutton and Andy Campanella both singled to left with Campanellas hit scoring Rodriguez, to make it 2-0.
Vasquez continued to dominate the Rebels, at one point retiring 11 consecutive batters until walking Derek Amundson with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
UCSB manufactured an insurance run in the eighth inning, that would turn out to be the difference maker for the Gauchos, making it 3-0 UCSB at that point. Sutton led off the inning with an infield single. Campanella then sacrifice bunted Sutton over to second and then Dave Licht singled to left, scoring Sutton.
Vasquez seemed to run into trouble in the eighth, when he walked Ryan Ruiz with one out. However, Vasquez escaped with no damage when the next batter, Garet Shitanishi, grounded into an inning ending double play.
The Gauchos scored three runs on seven hits, committing two errors. UNLV scored two runs on five hits on one error.
Ryan Spilborghs failed to get a hit, ending his 12-game hitting streak. UNLV's Garet Shitanishi also failed to get a hit, ending his 10-game hitting streak.
UCSB returns to action, Tuesday February 26, when they travel to Los Angeles to take on UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.