Baseball Hopes To Keep Rolling As They Host Nevada In Three Game Series

March 29, 2000

This Week
Fri., March 31 - UCSB vs. Nevada, 2:00 p.m. - Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Sat., April 1 - UCSB vs. Nevada, 1:00 p.m. - Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Sun., April 2 - UCSB vs. Nevada, 11:00 a.m. - Caesar Uyesaka Stadium

Schedule/Time Changes For Upcoming Games
The Sunday finale of this weekend's UCSB baseball series against the University of Nevada has been moved from Noon to 11:00 a.m. to accommodate the Wolf Pack's trip back to Reno. In addition, the Tuesday, April 25 game originally scheduled at USC, has been moved to Santa Barbara. The UCSB-USC contest will begin at 2:00 p.m. The school's traded home dates when Caesar Uyesaka Stadium's field was unplayable for a March 8 game, which was moved to USC's Deadeaux Field.

Molidor Continues To Sizzle
Junior third baseman David Molidor has gone from good to better. He enters the week as UCSB's top offensive threat. Molidor is batting a team-leading .385 on the season with 13 doubles and 31 runs batted in. His three home runs are one off the team lead of four. He currently has a five game hitting streak and in three weekend games against New Mexico State, he was 7-for-11 (.637) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI, six runs scored and three walks. His on-base percentage enter the weekend series against Nevada is a solid .478.

Peshke Becomes Human Target
Maybe it was something that Chad Peshke said. Either way, in the three game sweep of New Mexico State, he became a record-setting Gaucho target. In Saturday's series opener, he was hit by pitches on two occasions. On Sunday, the Aggies gave Peshke a day to heal his bruises, but on Monday, it was back to business. New Mexico State hurlers helped Peshke set a school record by drilling him with three more pitches. On the weekend, the junior second sacker from Redondo Beach was bopped by pitches five times. He did have time to record eight official at bats, collecting three hits in the process.

Bannon's Cannon Comes Through
No, we are not talking about his throwing arm, but rather his pair of cannon shots in Sunday and Monday wins over New Mexico State. On Sunday, in a 15-9 victory, shortstop Jeff Bannon belted his third home run of the season, but he saved his best for Monday. With the Gauchos trailing by a score of 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bannon came up with two runners aboard. After fouling off a pair pitches, the junior from Camarillo drilled a hanging curve deep over the left-center field fence for his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Although Bannon continues to struggle offensively (.208 overall), he has hit three of his four home runs in the last nine games. Last year, he set a UCSB record for shortstops with 13 home runs.

Bullard Saves The Gauchos
Redshirt freshman Jim Bullard bounced back from a poor performance in the series finale at Sacramento State, to have two solid outings this weekend against New Mexico State. Bullard pitched in two of the three games, going a total of five innings, and he allowed only four hits, one run and he struck out seven. He logged a pair of saves, giving him a team-high three on the year.

Going To Warrecker
One of UCSB's most pleasant surprises this season has been the play of junior catcher Donovan Warrecker. A transfer from Hancock College in Santa Maria, won the starting job behind the plate in the Fall. A product of Santa Barbara High School, Warrecker has started 23 of the team's 26 games at catcher and he has batted .341 with three home runs and eight doubles. In his last four games he has gone 6-for-14 (.429) with a home run, two doubles and a stolen base.

On The Horizon
Following the three game series against Nevada, the Gauchos will hit the road for a trio of contests in Stockton against the University of the Pacific. UCSB will play the Tigers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 7, 8 and 9.