March 31, 2001
Honolulu, Hawaii - UC Santa Barbara (20-8) topped defending NAIA Champion Lewis-Clark State (28-7) 10-5 in eight innings Saturday afternoon to improve to 6-1 in the Verizon Rainbow Easter Tournament and advance to the championship game Sunday night against tourney host Hawaii.
The Gauchos used a sterling performance by senior lefthander Rylie Ogle, who tossed his second straight complete game (and second of the tournament) and held the Warriors to five runs on ten hits, and timely hitting to pull away from the Warriors.
Down 3-1 in the third, UCSB scored four runs with two men out. Mike Kolbach started the rally by singling up the middle to score Donovan Warrecker, who led off the inning with a single up the middle as well. Three more singles in succession by Chad Peshke, Dave Molidor and Tyler Von Schell made it 4-3 UCSB.
After adding another run in the fifth, the Gauchos found the scored tied at 5-apiece in the seventh when Trevor Brown hit a two-run homer for Lewis-Clark State. However, UCSB's Jeff Bannon came back with a three-run homer of his own in the Gaucho half of the stanza to power the Gauchos to their eighth win in their last nine games.
With one out in the seventh, Bannon's third home run of the season to left center scored Peshke and Molidor. A Warrecker walk, Spilborghs double and Jared Schumaker single got two more runs home for UCSB before the inning was done. Kolbach, Molidor, Warrecker and Spilborghs each had two hits for the Gauchos.
Ogle threw a hitless eighth inning, the game's last due to the tournament's time limit of 2:30 per game.
UCSB will play Hawaii tomorrow night in the tournament championship game.