March 15, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (11-6) broke a two-game bad spell in grand fashion, beating visiting Columbia 12-1 Thursday afternoon.
The Gauchos scored early and often against the Lions, chalking up three runs in the first inning and never looking back. Jared Schumaker led off the game with a double to right center. He came around on a Mike Kolbach single. Kolbach, who had advanced to third when Chad Peshke reached on an error, scored on a Dave Molidor single to left. Peshke crossed the plate when Jeff Bannon flied out to left.
UCSB would add another run in both the second and third innings before Columbia notched an unearned score in the fourth. However, the Gauchos came back with five of their own in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away. With one out, a Kolbach double down the right field line scored Andy Campanella. Three batters later, a bases-loaded single by Jeff Bannon scored two. A subsequent two-run single by Ryan Spilborghs capped the scoring.
Freshman righty Matt Vasquez, making his first career start, held the Lions to one unearned run on four hits in six innings of work. He also fanned four men and walked just one, to improve to 2-1 on the season. Matt Moran, Keith Kelley and Schumaker came on in succession to each throw a scoreless inning. Kelley struck out the side in just his second appearance of the season.
Schumaker finished with four hits and three runs scored. Kolbach and Tyler Von Schell added two hits apiece.
UCSB and Columbia will play tomorrow, Friday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m.