April 14, 2001
Northridge, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (27-10, 2-1) bounced back from a Day 2 loss at Cal State Northridge (24-15, 2-4) to beat the Matadors 12-3 and take the Big West Conference series 2-1.
The Gauchos were carried by starting pitcher Jim Bullard (6-2), who went seven innings, holding the hosts to three runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking just one. It was the sophomore lefty's second straight impressive outing and his best performance of the season.
UCSB helped Bullard by putting up four runs in the top of the second inning to take an early lead. From then on, every Cal State Northridge score was answered by two or more Gaucho runs. The Matadors scored their first run in the fourth, but the Gauchos came back with two in the top of the fifth. A second run in the bottom half of the inning was answered by two Gaucho scores in the sixth, and Northridge's final run of the game, a solo home run in the seventh, couldn't stand up against three UCSB tallies in the eighth and another in the ninth.
Dave Molidor clubbed two solo home runs for the Gauchos, his eighth and ninth of the season, after hitting a grand slam Friday. Ryan Spilborghs added a solo homer, his first, part of his game-best 3-for-4, three-RBI and three-run day. Chad Peshke also drove in three runs, on a 2-for-4 day. Tyler Von Schell and Jeff Bannon added two hits apiece, with the former driving in a pair of runs as well. Andy Campanella capped the UCSB scoring with a monster solo homer in the ninth, his first of the year.
Jeremy Sugarman pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for UCSB, allowing one hit and striking out two.
The Gauchos will continue Big West play next weekend with a three-game series at Sacramento State (17-22, 1-5), who was swept by visiting Cal State Fullerton over the weekend.