May 19, 2000
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Gabe Neboyia pitched his finest game of the season when the Gauchos needed it. This was his first shutout of the season and his fourth complete game. Neboyia allowed only five Cal Poly hits, struckout six and only walked one batter.
The game remained scoreless until the Gauchos came to the plate in the third. With one out, Jeff Carter walked and stole second. On the throw, short stop Brian Oxley committed one of his two errors on the night to allow Cater to advance to third. Mike Kolbach then grounded out to the second baseman which scored Carter on the play.
The score remained 1-0 until the Gauchos came to the plate in the fifth. They scored three runs, all on RBI singles from Chad Peshke, Dave Molidor and Tyler Von Schell. With the score 4-0, the Gauchos came to the plate the very next inning to put the game out of reach.
In the sixth, the Gauchos brought ten batters to the plate and scored five runs. With one out, Jimmy Walker singled to left. After advancing on a wild pitch, Andy Campanella hit one of his two triples on the day to drive in Walker. Carter was then hit by a pitch which brough Kolbach to the plate. He singled to drive in Campanella and advance Carter to third. Peshke then singled to drive in Carter as Kolbach advanced to second. After a pitching change, Molidor walked to load the bases. Von Schell reached on an error by the third baseman which resulted in scoring by both Kolbach and Peshke. A Jeff Bannon flyout and ground out by R.J. Smith ended the inning as the Gauchos scored five runs on four hits.
The Gauchos put two more runs on the board in the seventh. Campanella's second triple drove in Walker who singled earlier in the inning. A fielder's choice out by Carter drove in Campanella for the final run in the game for the Gauchos.
Neboyia earned his sixth win on the season to even his record at 6-6, while Jon Smith picked up the loss for the Mustangs to drop his record to 7-4.
Overall, the Gauchos have a 27-24 record, while Cal Poly is 31-23. The teams are tied in the Big West with a 17-11 record. UCSB and Cal Poly will meet again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.