March 29, 2001
Honolulu, Hawaii - UC Santa Barbara (19-7) beat Hawaii Pacific (16-15) 13-2 Thursday afternoon to improve to 4-0 in the Verizon Rainbow Easter Tournament and notch its seventh straight win.
The Gauchos used an 18-hit attack to bury the Sea Warriors. Tyler Von Schell led the way with four baseknocks, while Jared Schumaker and Chad Peshke added three apiece. UCSB did most of its scoring damage with two outs in the top of the fifth. Leading 4-2, coach Bob Brontsema's team scored seven times to put the game out of reach.
With two men on, Jed Stringham singled to right to drive in Dave Molidor, who had walked. Donovan Warrecker then singled to left, scoring Von Schell, who had reached on a single, and Stringham. A Ryan Spilborghs single moved Warrecker to third. Both men scored when Schumaker singled to right and the Hawaii Pacific right fielder threw the ball away. Mike Kolbach then reached on a throwing error by the first baseman as Schumaker scored on the play. Peshke, who led off the inning by flying out to right, doubled to left center, scoring Kolbach.
Freshman hurler Matt Vasquez (3-1) made the Gaucho lead stand up, as he allowed just two runs, both in the first inning, on five Sea Warrior hits over seven innings. The Santa Barbara native also walked three men and fanned three in his third start of the season. Lefty Russell Wirth finished the game, tossing a scoreless two innings, keeping his ERA at 0.00 on the season. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
UCSB will play Wichita State at noon and an exhibition game with Kita-Kyushu at 3:00 p.m. Hawaii time tomorrow. The Gauchos beat the Shockers 9-4 Monday in the teams' first tournament game.