Gaucho Bats Breakout In 17-6 Shelling Of UC Irvine

Gaucho Bats Breakout In 17-6 Shelling Of UC Irvine

April 7, 2002


IRVINE, Calif. - After getting only nine hits in their first two games against UC Irvine, in addition losing both of those games by one run, the Gaucho bats woke up from their weekend-long slumber, raking 17 hits, seven of them for extra-bases, as they won in convincing fashion 17-6, Sunday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.

Juniors Blair Havens (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Ryan Spilborghs (Santa Barbara, Calif.) spearheaded the UCSB offensive barrage, with Havens collecting five hits and Spilborghs with three to go along with two doubles and five RBI.

The Gauchos scored four runs in the third, sixth and eighth innings.

James Garcia (Torrance, Calif.) picks up his second consecutive win, after last pitching on March 5 against Cal Poly. The senior right-hander went six innings, surrendering six runs, five earned while striking out eight, to improve to 2-3. Eric Posthumus (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Matt Moran (Chico, Calif.) combined for three scoreless innings in relief to seal the win. The Gauchos are now 15-19 on the season and 2-4 in Big West Conference play.

Glenn Swanson (6-2) takes the loss for Irvine, giving up seven runs in relief for starter Paul French, who has tagged for six runs in three-plus innings of work. The Anteaters fall to 21-15 on the season and 4-2 in the Big West.

The Gauchos broke the game open in the sixth inning by scoring four runs, all with two outs. The scoring was sparked by the shortstop double clutching on his throw to first on a Ryan Spilborghs grounder, which the Gaucho right fielder beat out. Four runs later, the Gauchos were up 10-6.

In the third inning a peculiar situation occurred. With the bases loaded for Irvine, R.J. Brown sent a Garcia pitch over the fence in right center for an appearant grand-slam. However, Brown ran past the base runner at first and was declared out by the umpire for hitters interference. The scoring for the play was a single, unassisted putout by the first baseman for one out, and three RBI.

The first six batters in the UCSB lineup all had at least a base-hit, run scored and RBI. The first seven batters recorded atleast a hit and RBI.

Josh McCanne (Mammoth, Calif.) and Andy Campanella (Toluca Lake, Calif.) also swung the bat well for the Gauchos, with both collecting two hits apiece. McCanne doubled with three RBI and Campanella tripled and drove in two runs.

Irvine was led offensively by Jon Horwitz, who had four hits including two doubles.

The Gauchos return to action Friday, April 12 at Long Beach State.