April 16, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos battled the Cal Poly Mustangs in the rubber match on Saturday, and the Mustangs came out victorious, 9-8. With the win, the Mustangs overtake the Gauchos for fourth place in the Big West Conference. The Mustangs improve to 19-18 overall, 10-8 in the Big West, while the Gauchos fall to 18-18 overall and 8-7 in the Big West.
If you expected great defense from these two ball clubs, you would have been dissappointed. Both teams committed four errors, the Gauchos committing three of their errors in the third inning. Due to the errors, of the nine Mustang runs that the Guachos allowed, only three of the runs turned out to be earned. For the Mustangs, two of the runs they allowed were unearned.
Again, the Gauchos fell behind early in the game. The Mustangs scored one in the first and another two in the second. The Gauchos fought back for one in the second on a Jeff Bannon blast well over the left field fence.
The Mustangs matched that run by the Gauchos with one of their own in the third, to increase their lead to 4-1. Again, the Gauchos picked up a single run in the third to cut the lead. Dave Molidor reached on a fielder's choice, which drove in Mike Kolbach who doubled earlier in the inning.
With the score 4-2, the Gauchos put four runs on the board in the fourth. Chad Peshke drove a ball down the left field line that cleared the bases for the Gauchos. Peshke later scored the fourth run in the inning on one of the four errors by the Mustangs. The Gauchos now led in the game for the first time, 6-4.
This lead would hold up until the Mustangs came to the plate in the seventh. They managed to score five times, three of which came on a home run to left by Jason Barringer.
With the score 9-6 in favor of the Mustangs, the Gauchos scored two more times in their half of the seventh. With Bannon on third after an earlier double and Tyler Von Schell on first, R.J. Smith hit a fly ball to the warning track in left, to bring Bannon in score. After an error by the second baseman, Von Schell advanced to third. He would later score on an error by the shortstop for the second Gaucho run in the inning.
The Mustangs would not score again in the game. The Gauchos came up in the ninth, down by one. After the first two batters recorded outs, Andy Campanella reached on a walk. He moved to second after a pitch hit Kolbach and both runners moved up 90 feet after a pitch also hit Jeff Carter. With the bases loaded and the count full, Peshke was called out on strikes on a very controversial strike three call made by home plate umpire Art Singer. The game would end there with the Mustangs victorious, 9-8.
The Gauchos do not face any competition during midweek, as they prepare for the arrival of Long Beach State. The two teams battle in Big West play this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The first two games get under way at 2:00 p.m. while the Sunday's game is scheduled for 1:00 pm.