March 26, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos took game two against the visiting New Mexico State Aggies on Sunday, 15-9, in a 3:49 minute marathon. The Gauchos improve to 13-12 overall, 3-2 in the Big West. With the loss, the Aggies drop to 15-15, 0-5 in conference play.
The offense for both teams were in full swing on the day, as the two teams combined for 30 hits, 24 runs and scared away seven pitchers. There were only six half innings that did not see a run scored for either team.
The Gauchos managed one run in the first, four in the third, two in the fourth, four more in the fifth, two in the seventh, and two more for good measure in the eighth. For the Aggies, they put two runs early in the first, four in the fourth, and single runs in the fifth, sixth, eighth.
Jimmy Walker got the rare start behind the plate for the Gauchos and did not dissappoint. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. In the fourth, with the Gauchos down 6-5, Walker came to the plate with one runner on. He instantly deposited the pitch well over the left-center field fence to give the Gauchos the lead for good, 7-6.
Joe Issacson pitched two strong innings in relief to pick up the win. In the fourth, Issacson entered the game with the base loaded and nobody out. He followed with three strike outs to end the inning and the Aggie threat. Issacson now goes to 1-0.
Peter Dyball followed Issacson and pitched the reamining four innings for the save. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out three and walking only two.
The Gauchos complete the series against the Aggies as they attempt a conference sweep. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. For those of you interested in listening to today's game or yesterday's game on archive, go to www.nmstatesports.com and go to the baseball section and find the radion information.
Tomorrow's game will also be broadcasted on 91.9-FM KCSB.