April 28, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (31-11, 6-2) beat visiting Pacific (20-25, 1-10) 5-2 Saturday afternoon in little more than two hours time.
The Gauchos used a brilliant performance by starting pitcher Rylie Ogle to stifle the Tigers. Ogle, who missed his last start due to a sore shoulder, came back this week to throw the best game of his career. The Long Beach native held Pacific to just three hits and two runs, both coming on a third-inning home run. He also fanned a career-high seven and walked just one. With the win, Ogle improved to 9-2 on the year, and is one victory shy of becoming UCSB's first ten-game winner since current pitching coach Tom Myers did it in 1991.
The Gauchos added a run in the fourth and another in the sixth before tacking on two insurance runs in the eighth. With one out, Ryan Spilborghs extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single on a ball that took a kangaroo hop over the outstretched glove of the Pacific shortstop. Spilborghs then scored when Peshke doubled down the left field line. Peshke advanced to third on the throw home, and scored shortly thereafter when Molidor grounded out to third.
Gaucho closer Jamie Gonzales came on to pitch a perfect ninth inning, striking out the first batter he faced and getting two groundouts. Gonzales, who earned his sixth save, has retired the last 11 batters he has faced over his last two relief appearances.
Peshke led UCSB at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs, and either scored or drove in every one of UCSB's five runs on the day. Jared Schumaker had two hits for the Gauchos for the second straight game. Molidor added three RBI.
UCSB and Pacific will close the three-game Big West series tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:00 p.m.