April 9, 2000
Stockton, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos took game three of a three game series against the University of Pacific Tigers, 9-3. The Gauchos managed to take two of three from the Tigers and improve their record to 17-15 overall and 7-5 in the Big West. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 19-15, 2-10 in the Big West.
The Gauchos were down right off the bat as the Tigers threw two runs on the board in the first. The Tigers held this lead until the Gauchos tied the game in the third with two runs of their own.
With the score tied at two, the Gauchos saw their opportunity to make some noise. With Donovan Warrecker on second after walking and advancing to second on a wild pitch, Jeff Bannon came up and deposited the pitch over the right field fence. This gave the Gauchos a 4-2 lead as they would never trail again.
The Gauchos would put two more runs on the board in the seventh and seal the deal with three runs in the ninth. The Tigers would only manage one more run in the seventh as that would not be enough to threaten the Gaucho lead.
Jeremy Sugarman earned his second win on the season to up his record to 2-2. He went 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. Senior Joe Isaacson entered the game in the sixth with two on and two outs and the Tigers ready to strike. He got the next batter to fly out to right and end the possible ralley. Issacson threw 2.1 innings and gave up three hits and allowed only an unearned run in relief. Jim Bullard threw the final three outs of the game for the Gauchos allowing one hit and striking out one.
Jeff Carter, Chad Peshke, Dave Molidor and Andy Campanella all had two hits on the day, but the big hit that turned the tides was the sixth inning jack by Bannon. He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Gauchos next host Pac 10 powerhouse, UCLA Bruins, this Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos continue Big West play next weekend as they host Cal Poly in a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, three game series. The Gauchos and the Mustangs will likely enter the series tied for fourth place in the Big West. Both teams will look to separate themselves from each other as they eye the leaders of the Big West.