April 12, 2001
Northridge, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (26-9, 1-0) beat Cal State Northridge (23-14, 1-3) 8-3 Thursday afternoon in its Big West Conference opener.
The Gauchos, who are off to their best start since 1984, got on the board in the top of the first when Jared Schumaker led off the game with a double down the left field line and scored on a Chad Peshke single after advancing to third on a wild pitch.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the second, UCSB tied the game at 2-apiece in the third when Dave Molidor singled to left to score Ryan Spilborghs, who led off the inning with a double down the left field line.
Two scoreless innings followed, before Jeff Bannon broke the deadlock with a solo homer to left in the sixth, his fourth home run of the season. The Gauchos added two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth on a three-run homer by Jed Stringham, his ninth of the year. Stringham led UCSB at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Schumaker and Tyler Von Schell each added two hits.
Cal State Northridge added an unearned run in the ninth, but could muster only nine total hits on the day to the Gauchos' 13. UCSB starter James Garcia (6-1) went the distance to record his second complete game of the season. He also struck out a career-high 11 batters, including seven over the first three innings.
The schools will play Game 2 of the Big West series tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Lefthander Rylie Ogle (8-1) will start on the hill for the Gauchos.