April 4, 2001
Montecito, Calif. -
Freshman pitcher Matt Vasquez tossed six scoreless innings on Wednesday, to lead the UC Santa Barbara baseball team to a 9-0 shutout win over Westmont College.
Vasquez, who is now 4-1 on the season, allowed just five hits and one walk in his six innings of work. After struggling through a first inning in which he hit a pair of batters, the graduate of Santa Barbara High School was dominant, allowing just two Warriors to reach second base.
The outstanding effort by Vasquez was followed-up by a strong effort from a trio of relief pitchers. Russell Wirth, Matt Moran and Jamie Gonzales each tossed a hitless inning with a pair of strikeouts. In fact, on the day, Gaucho pitching allowed just five hits and recorded 13 strikeouts.
Offensively, UCSB collected 11 hits on the day. Shortstop Jeff Bannon had three hits and right fielder Ryan Spilborghs had a pair to lead the way. Second baseman Chad Peshke belted his third home run of the season, a shot that went about 410 feet and over the fence in dead center field.
With the victory, UCSB is now 22-8 on the year. The Gauchos have now won three in a row, ten of 11 and 12 of 14. They host UC Riverside in a three game series this weekend. Friday's game against the Highlanders will begin at 2:00 p.m. The games on Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:00 p.m.