March 14, 2000
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos pulled out a much needed win against a tough opponent on Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium as they prepare for their Big West opener this weekend in Sacramento. UCSB defeated the Washington State Cougars 7-4 to improve their record to 10-10. With the loss, Washington State falls to 8-13 on the season.
Pitching and defense was the story in the game for the Gauchos. Yes, that is correct, the relief pitching was outstanding for the Gauchos. Jeremy Gonzales and Jim Bullard combined to pitch the final seven innings of shut-out ball while only allowing seven hits and striking out four to pick up the win and save respectively. Gonzales earns his first decision on the year and goes to 1-0 while Bullard earns his first save.
The defense was also a sight to see. Although the Gauchos had two errors in the game, three inning changing plays were turned in by the Gaucho defense. In the second, with a runner on first for the Cougars, Steve Curran drove a shot to deep center field. Jeff Carter tracked down the ball to make the catch while also slamming into the fence in the process. In the Cougar third, Andy Campanella came in on a fly ball to right field and dove fully extended for the ball to make the catch and end the inning for the Cougars.
The finest play on the day came in the Cougar fourth. With a runner on first and two outs, Curran again came up and popped-up a ball behind the shortstop. Jeff Bannon drew a beat on the ball, and with his back turned to the infield, he extended his body to make the diving play and end the inning.
The Gauchos head north to take on Sacramento State this weekend with both teams opening Big West play.