March 10, 2001
Berkeley, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (10-4) beat host Cal (10-9) for the second straight day Saturday, 4-3.
The Gauchos' only runs of the game came on a sixth-inning grand slam by senior shortstop Jeff Bannon, the first of his career and his third homer of the season. Senior lefty Rylie Ogle (4-1) held Cal scoreless through eight innings, going eight and a third total, allowing two runs while striking out three.
Bannon's homer came with two down in the sixth. With Mike Kolbach at first base and one out, Chad Peshke doubled to left center. The next batter, Dave Molidor, walked to load the bases. Tyler Von Schell then popped up to short, bringing up Bannon. The senior shortstop hit the first pitch by Cal starter Ryan Atkinson over the left field wall.
Ogle was chased in the ninth after walking the leadoff man and giving up a single. Both men then scored when senior reliever Jamie Gonzales surrendered a double. After a groundout to first, Peshke's throw was in the dirt on a second grounder, scoring the runner at third and putting one on with two down. Gonzales then struck out Cal catcher Spencer Wyman to end the game.
The win was UCSB's seventh straight, and ninth in its last ten games. The teams will complete the three-game series tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:00 p.m.