May 1, 2001
Long Beach, Calif. -
Dave Molidor's two-out RBI single in the top of the 12th inning scored Jared Schumaker to break a 4-4 tie, giving 25th-ranked UC Santa Barbara a 5-4 lead at Long Beach State on Tuesday night. UCSB's number one starting pitcher James Garcia hurled a scoreless bottom half of the 12th, earning his first save of the season in the non-conference game.
But that doesn't tell half the story.
Molidor would never have had the opportunity to drive in the winning run and Garcia would not have had the chance to record his first save, if not for a defensive gem by Chad Peshke to end the bottom of the 11th.
With one out in the 11th, LBSU's Todd Jennings was hit by a Jamie Gonzales pitch. Pinch hitter Corry Parrott walked to put runners on first and second.
Enter Chad Peshke.
With a 2-1 count, 49er third baseman Edgar Varela hit a screaming line drive up the middle. Peshke ranged to the right from his position at second base, dove and made a backhanded snowcone grab. But he wasn't finished. Peshke scrambled, on his knees, to pound his glove on second base, doubling up Jennings and extending the game to the 12th inning.
In the 12th, Schumaker greeted Long Beach reliever Josh Alliston with a single to left field, his third hit of the game, and then he stole second. Schumaker went to third on a groundout by Kolbach. With one out at a runner at third, Peshke grounded out to the right side, Schumaker holding. Molidor then bounced a single up the middle, scoring the eventual game-winning run.
In the bottom of the 12th, Garcia gave up a leadoff single to designated hitter Mike Hofius, before retiring the last three batters to end the game.
Things didn't start well for the Gauchos. Despite first inning singles by Schumaker, Peshke and Molidor, they failed to score. Long Beach got on the board first in the second when first baseman Jeremy Reed belted his first home run of the season. UCSB responded with three runs in the top of the second, the first coming on a solo home run by left fielder Jed Stringham, his 11th of the year. Right fielder Ryan Spilborghs followed the Stringham home run with a single up the middle, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, a new school record. Spilborghs scored on a double by Schumaker and then Schumaker scored on a single by Kolbach, giving UCSB a 3-1 lead.
The 49ers scored an unearned run in the sixth to narrow the gap to 3-2. UCSB scored its fourth run in the eighth on a disputed balk call. Long Beach State, however, knotted the score at 4-4 with two runs in their half of the eighth inning.
Although he didn't earn a decision, freshman right hander Matt Vasquez gave UCSB another quality start. He went 7.0 innings, allowing just three hits and two runs, one of which was unearned because of a Vasquez throwing error. Jeremy Sugarman pitched the eighth inning, allowing four hits and a pair of runs. Three of the hits allowed by Sugarman were infield singles. Gonzales went three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks, to earn his second win of the year, and Garcia hurled a scoreless 12th.
Offensively, Schumaker led the attack by going 3-for-6 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Peshke also had three hits, while Molidor, Stringham and Spilborghs each had a pair.
The win improves UCSB's overall record to 33-11 and drops Long Beach State to 29-16. The two teams will meet again this weekend in a three game Big West series at Santa Barbara's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Friday's game will begin at 2:00 p.m., while the games on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1:00 p.m.