February 15, 2000

Baseball Looks To Get Back To Playing Ball

Feb. 15, 2000

Last Week...

The Gauchos had a rough time beating the weather and the Loyola Marymount Lions this past weekend. The Gauchos lost to LMU on Friday after mounting a sixth inning comeback, 12-7. Both Saturday and Sunday's contests were rained out and no make-up dates have been announced yet, but the Gaucho coaches are working hard to find possible dates that fit LMU's schedule as well.

Molidor Playing Big For The Gauchos

Dave Molidor's height (6'5") is not the only big thing in the Gauchos lineup. Molidor has started off on a torrid pace at the plate. He is batting .467 with a whopping .833 slugging percentage. He leads the Gauchos in virtually every offensive category including hits (14), doubles (5), home runs (2), and total bases (25). Molidor also stands big at the third base as well. So far in this early season, Molidor has yet to commit an error in eight games.

Survey Says...

Junior transfer, Rylie Ogle is a big addition to the Gaucho pitching staff. Although he has only two appearances, he is a solid left-hander that has good movement and command of his pitches. So far in this young season, Ogle is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and opposing batters are only hitting .250 against him. Ogle will most likely get the start on Saturday against Cal State Northridge.

The Gaucho Revolving Outfield Is Working Out So Far

Seven Gauchos have seen time in the outfield this season. So far, redshirt freshman Ryan Spilborghs has been the only one to start every game in right field. The other six (Andy Campanella, Chris Crawley, R.J. Smith, Dan Kemper, Jared Schumaker and Jeff Carter) have all played at some point in the outfield. No one has earned a spot outright, and until this happens, you can bet that the outfield will be by committee only.

Could Every Inning Be The Sixth Or Seventh

So far the Gauchos have been most successful in the sixth and seventh innings. In those two innings the Gauchos have outscored their opponents 32-14. The fourth inning represents the biggest Gaucho deficit. In that inning, they have been outscored 14-3.

Bring On The Matadors

The Gauchos will hit the road Friday morning to head to Northridge to play Cal State Northridge at 2:30 pm. Gabe Neboyia is the probable starter for the Gauchos Friday. After that game, the Gauchos will head home to play the same Matadors on Saturday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium at 1:00 pm. Rylie Ogle is Saturday's scheduled starter for the Gauchos. The final game will once again be played at Northridge at 1:00 pm with Troy Kinto scheduled to take the mound for the Gauchos.