Baseball Steamrolls Pacific To Sweep Big West Series, Improve to 32-11, 7-2
April 29, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (32-11, 7-2) beat visiting Pacific (20-26, 1-11) 9-1 Sunday afternoon to complete a Big West Conference sweep.
The Gauchos, led by a sterling performance by starting pitcher Jim Bullard, used a five-run third inning to coast to their fourth straight conference win. Bullard, a sophomore from West Covina, hurled his first career complete game in his best outing as a Gaucho thus far. He held the Tigers to one unearned run on six hits, while striking out six men and walking just one. Bullard threw just 88 pitches to earn the win and improve to 7-2 on the season.
UCSB hung a five-spot in the third when Chad Peshke started a one-out rally with a double to right center, his first of two two-baggers on the day. Dave Molidor then drove Peshke in with a single to center, but was caught trying to advance to second on the throw home. With two down, Tyler Von Schell clubbed his 16th home run of the season, a left center field shot. Jeff Bannon was then hit by a pitch and subsequently moved to third on a Jed Stringham single. Stringham advanced to second on the play as Bannon slid safely into third. Ryan Spilborghs, whose first-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 22 games, tying the school record, doubled to left to score the two men.
The Gauchos answered Pacific's lone run in the fourth with one of their own in the bottom half of the inning, another in the fifth, and two in the sixth. Peshke led off the Gaucho sixth with his fourth double of the series. He advanced to third on a Molidor single to left, and scored on a Von Schell sacrifice fly to center. Molidor then advanced to second when Bannon grounded to the first baseman, only to have him throw the ball into left field trying to force Molidor. Jed Stringham then came through with a run-scoring single to left.
The performance by Bullard was the third brilliant start turned in by Gaucho pitchers this weekend. Friday, James Garcia allowed one run in a complete game effort. Saturday, Rylie Ogle allowed just two runs in eight innings. Bullard's complete game was UCSB's sixth of the season, and the only one in which Gaucho pitchers did not surrender a single earned run.
Molidor, Stringham and Spilborghs each had three hits for UCSB, while Peshke and Von Schell added two apiece in the Gauchos' 15-hit onslaught.
UCSB will play a non-conference game at Long Beach State this Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., before hosting the Dirtbags in a three-game Big West series next weekend.