March 28, 2001
Honolulu, HI -
The beat goes on.
While it didn't come as easy as the first two wins at the Verizon Rainbow Easter Baseball Tournament, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos had just enough offense to carry them to a 9-7 win over Centenary on Wednesday in Honolulu.
UCSB used a 16-hit attack, giving them 46 hits in three games, to defeat the Gentlemen. The win extended the Gauchos' winning streak to six games in a row and it made them 3-0 in Hawaii.
Jared Schumaker got the Gauchos started by leading off the first inning with a walk. He went to secodn on a wild pitch by Centenary's Kevin Cassidy. Mike Kolbach then drove a single to right field, with Schumaker holding at third. After Chad Peshke popped out, Dave Molidor lined a single to left, scoring the first run of the game.
Centenary took its first, and only, lead of the game in the top of the second inning. Catcher Ryan Hageman led things off with a double down the line in right. First baseman Larry Schick then bounced a single through the right side, sending Hageman to third. A sacrifice moved Schick to second, but Hageman held at third. One out later, with two gone and runners still at second and third, third baseman Tony Cardone doubled down the right field line, scoring a pair and giving the Gentlemen a short-lived 2-1 lead.
The Gauchos got those two runs back in their half of the second inning. Jed Stringham led off with a single and one out later, Ryan Spilborghs doubled to right field. Schumaker scored Stringham on sacrifice fly and then Kolbach collected his second of our hits, singling in Spilborghs.
Still holding a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, Santa Barbara broke the game open. With one out, Peshke singled to right. After a fly out by Molidor, Tyler Von Schell singled to left, advancing Peshke to second. Jeff Bannon then doubled Peshke home, Von Schell stopping at third. Stringham collected his second hit of the day, a two-run single to right center, scoring Bannon and Von Schell. Reserve catcher Jimmy Walker singled to left, Stringham stopping at second. Spilborghs drove a single through the left side, scoring Stringham and giving the Gauchos a 7-2 lead.
Centenary responded to the UCSB rally with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but the Gauchos matched that with two in the bottom half of the sixth, one each on home runs by Kolbach and Molidor.
The Gentlemen tallied a run in the eighth and two in the top of the ninth to make the final score close at 9-7. Reliever Jamie Gonzales came in to record the final out of the game, earning his fifth save of the season. Jeremy Sugarman started and went 7.0 innings, allowing 11 hits and four runs. The win was Sugarman's first of the season.
Kolbach led the Gauchos going 4-of-5, with a home run and a pair of RBI. Molidor also had a pair of hits, including a home run. In fact, Von Schell, Bannon, Stringham and Spilborghs each contributed a pair of hits.
In its three victories in Hawaii, the Gauchos have piled up 32 runs and 46 hits.
UCSB, now 18-7 on the year, have won six in a row and eight of its last nine. They take on Hawaii-Pacific today at 11:00 a.m. (PST).