April 1, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Tyler Von Schell hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning against the visiting University of Nevada Wolf Pack to help the Gauchos take game two of a three game series, 22-17. If a pitching dual was what you were hoping for, them you have come to the wrong place!
Both teams used a combined 11 pitchers and gave up a 41 hits in the four-plus hour marathon at Ceasar Uyesaka Stadium.
Nevada jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first and two more in the second. This is just when the Gaucho bats came to life. The Gauchos struck for eight runs in the bottom of the second. In the inning, the Guachos sent 13 batters to the plate and seven of them got on with hits including a two-run jack by junior, Donovan Warrecker.
Nevada bounced right back in the offensive seat. They threw nine runs on the board in the third and two more in the fifth to increase their lead, 16-8. Again the Gauchos would not go away. They answered with six runs in the fifth, and another run in the seventh.
Nevada put their final run on the board in the eighth inning. Of course the Gauchos would have the final say in this contest. They exploded four seven runs on the eighth, capped by Von Schell's slam over the left field fence.
Every Gaucho starter had at least two hits. Dave Molidor went an impressive 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. Andy Campanella went 3-for-5 with three runs and a RBI and Chad Peshke was 3-for-6 and scored four runs and drove in four more.
As you can imagine, the pitching staff took a direct hit to their stats. The Gauchos used six pitchers and none seemed too effective until Jim Bullard entered the game in the seventh inning. He threw the final 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, one run, and recorded five of the seven outs by way of the K. He picked up his second win on the season (2-1), while Nevada's Bryan Schultz drew the loss to go 1-2 on the season.
The Gauchos improve their record to 15-13, 5-3 in the Big West, while Nevada falls to 19-12, 3-5 in the Big West.
These same two teams will complete the series tomorrow, April 2 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The game time has been changed to 11 a.m. due to travel plans by the Wolf Pack.