March 5, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. - After giving up three runs in the first two innings against Cal Poly, it looked like it was going to be another frustrating outing for UCSB starter James Garcia. But, the senior from Torrance, returned to All-American form pitching shutout ball from the third inning on to pick up his first win on the season, in a 11-4 victory over the Mustangs in a non-conference game at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos, who improve to 11-9 scored in seven of the eight innings they batted in.
Cal Poly, who falls to 9-15-1, were only able to muster up five hits as a team and were held scoreless for six innings until scoring a run in the ninth.
Right fielder Kevin Miller hit his first home run as a Gaucho, a two-run blast down the right field line, to tie the game up at 3-3 in the second inning.
Ryan Spilborghs hit his eighth homer of the year, jumping on the first pitch in the bottom of the third, served up by losing pitcher Greg Bochy (2-3), to give the Gauchos a 4-3 lead in the third inning.
Center fielder Andy Campanella felt left out of the outfield home run derby, so he decided to hit his second home run on the year, a solo bomb launched over the wall in left field, giving the Gauchos a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning.
The Gauchos would go on to pad their lead by scoring two runs apiece in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to lead 11-3.
Cal Poly scored a run in the ninth off Mike Sutherland, who came in to replace Garcia in the eighth, to make the final score 11-4.
Garcia, who went 10-4 earning All-American honors in 2001, had yet to find his groove in 2002. But Garcia, who went seven innings giving up only three hits, walking two while striking out two batters, has now only given up three runs in his last three outings. Garcia pitched two shutout innings in the two previous UCSB games.
Cal Poly was lead offensively by Jason Barringer, who smacked his second homer of the year and also hit a double, to go 2-for-4 with three RBI on the day.
The Gauchos will now take the weekend off to prepare for the Pepsi Johnny Quik Classic, hosted by Fresno State from March 11-16 at Beiden Field, in Fresno. The Gauchos first opponent will be Illinois State in a 10:00 a.m. match-up on Monday March 11.