Baseball Drops Opening Game To Nevada, 12-7
March 31, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Nevada on Friday, but it was downhill from there.
The Wolf Pack put together a six-run, seven-hit third inning to take a 6-1 lead. They tallied two more in the fourth to build the lead to 8-1 and while the Gauchos got close, narrowing the score to 8-7 at one point, they could never catch Nevada.
The big blows for Nevada in their six-run third inning were a three-run home run by third baseman Alex Rangel and a two-run tater by designated hitter Tony Capuccilli. In all the Wolf Pack belted three home runs in the game. In addition to two they hit in the third, first baseman Don Price hit his team-leading 12th in the fourth inning, a two-run blast.
On the day, Santa Barbara was led by left fielder Jeff Carter who had a pair of hits, scored a run and added an RBI. Catcher Donovan Warrecker had two hits and two RBI and center fielder R.J. Smith hit his first career home run, a solo shot to lead off the fifth inning.
With the loss, the Gauchos drop to 4-3 in Big West play and 14-13 overall. Nevada is now 19-11 overall and 3-4 in league. The two teams return to action in Santa Barbara tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. game. Sunday's game, originally slated for a noon start, has been moved to 11:00 a.m. to accommodate a the Wolf Pack travel plans.