Baseball Comes Back To Beat Sac State 9-7 In Ten Innings To Take Big West Series 2-1
April 22, 2001
Sacramento, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (29-11, 4-2) came back from a 7-5 deficit after seven innings to beat host Sacramento State (18-25, 2-7) 9-7 in ten innings and take the Big West Conference series 2-1.
Down 5-2 in the fifth, the Gauchos tied the game when left fielder Jed Stringham hit a monstrous three-run home to left center, his tenth of the season.
With the game tied at 7-apiece in the tenth and one out, Ryan Spilborghs singled off the first baseman's glove and Jared Schumaker walked. Designated hitter Mike Kolbach, who went 9-for-15 in the three-game series, hit a hard ground ball through the right side to score Spilborghs and move Schumaker to third. Chad Peshke then grounded to the shortstop who forced Kolbach at second, but the double play throw to first was late as Peshke reached base and Schumaker scored the insurance run.
The Gauchos held the Hornets scoreless over the final three innings. Russell Wirth got Sac State's Aurelio Jackson to strike out looking for the first out in the eighth. Prior to that at-bat, Jackson had reached base four times and scored three runs. It was the second straight day Wirth got Jackson out in a one-batter relief situation. UCSB closer Jamie Gonzales then came in and after giving up a single up the middle to the first batter he faced, Gonzales retired the next eight batters in order to end the game.
Kolbach led the way with a 3-for-5 day, while Schumaker, Stringham, Spilborghs and Dave Molidor added two hits apiece.
The win was UCSB's second of the series. The Gauchos and Hornets split a doubleheader Saturday after being rained out Friday. James Garcia got the win in the first game, while freshman Matt Vasquez got the loss in a sterling outing in the nightcap, his first Big West start.