March 27, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
While most of the student body at UC Santa Barbara takes spring break, the Gaucho baseball team continues to work.
Actually, playing in the Verizon Rainbow Easter Baseball Tournament in Hawaii is hardly toiling. Either way, the UCSB bats have opted not to take time off just yet, collecting 30 hits in two games, including 16 in a 13-4 win over the University of Hawaii on Tuesday night.
The Gauchos opened the scoring in the third inning. With one out, Donovan Warrecker singled to left field. Jeff Carter followed with a bunt single, sending Warrecker to second. Jared Schumaker was safe on a fielders choice, sending Warrecker to third. Ryan Spilborghs and Chad Peshke each walked, forcing Warrecker in with the first run of the game. Dave Molidor drove a shot that was smothered by third baseman Patrick Scalabrini, but he was unable to make a play as Spilborghs scored and the bases remained loaded. Tyler Von Schell capped the rally with a two-run single up the middle, giving the Gauchos a 4-0 lead.
UCSB scored another run in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh, claiming a commanding 9-0 lead after six and a half innings.
The Rainbow Warriors got on board with two in the bottom of the seventh, but the Gauchos continued to belt the ball, scoring a single run in the eighth and three more in the ninth. Hawaii tallied a pair in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late and the Gauchos had won their fifth in a row and seventh in the last eight games.
Offensively, UCSB was paced by Stringham and Warrecker who each went 3-for-4. Stringham's three hits included a triple and a double. Peshke had a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI, while Von Schell had two singles and a pair of RBI.
Starting pitcher James Garcia went seven innings to improve his record to 4-1. Garcia allowed only six hits and two earned runs while striking out eight.
UCSB is now 17-7 on the season. They take on Centenary in their third game at 2:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday.