March 30, 2001
Honolulu, Hawaii - UC Santa Barbara (19-8) couldn't kep its perfect tournament record intact, losing 6-3 to Wichita State (17-11) in the Verizon Rainbow Easter Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Gauchos, who beat the Shockers 9-4 in the teams' first tournament game, couldn't capitalize on three straight two-out singles in the eighth and final inning and stage a rally. Jed Stringham, Jimmy Walker and Ryan Spilborghs rapped three straight base hits, but Jared Schumaker, who had two hits and scored twice on the day, grounded out to end the inning.
Stringham led the Gaucho offense with a 3-for-4 showing, including a double, the Gauchos' only extra-base hit of the game, and an RBI. Walker, Spilborghs and Mike Kolbach added two hits apiece.
Lefthander Jim Bullard (4-2) took the loss for UCSB, going six and one third innings and allowing six Wichita State runs, five earned, on ten hits. He struck out seven men and walked one. In his last two starts, Bullard has gone 13.1 innings and fanned 17 batters. Matt Moran threw a hitless inning and two thirds to finish the game.
UCSB beat Kita-Kyushu 6-1 in its second game of the day, to improve to 5-1 in tournament play. The game against the Japanese team was an exhibition contest, and will not count toward UCSB's record or statistics. The Gauchos will play Lewis-Clark State Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Hawaii time, before closing the tournament Sunday with a game against an opponent yet to be determined.