April 5, 2000
Looking Back On The Week That Was
The Gauchos finished up a three game sweep of the New Mexico State Aggies on Monday, 11-9. This past weekend, the Gauchos battled the University of Nevada. They managed to take one of three from the Wolf Pack, Saturday's contest, 22-17. In Friday's game, Nevada defeated the Gauchos 12-7, and then in the rubber match on Sunday, Nevada won 7-4.
The Rollercoaster Ride Continues
The Gauchos have had winning streaks of four games once and three games twice. Unfortunately after two of the streaks, the Gauchos have followed with three game losing streaks. The Gauchos have swept Cal State Northridge and New Mexico State, but have been swept by Pepperdine. Currently, the Gauchos are 15-14 overall, 5-4 in the Big West, 9-6 at home, 5-7 away and 1-1 at a neutral site.
Molidor Continues To Sizzle
Junior third baseman David Molidor has gone from good to better. In the past week, Molidor batted .647 (11-17) with seven RBI, six runs, and three doubles. On the season, Molidor leads the team with a .407 (44-for-108) batting average, 30 runs, 14 doubles, .639 slugging percentage, and a .500 on base percentage.
Pitching Staff Takes A Hit
Allowing 42 earned runs (45 total) in one week of play takes a direct hit on the Gaucho pitching staff stats. In addition to the huge run total allowed, the staff also allowed 57 hits, six home runs, and 11 doubles. Since beginning the Big West Conference, the pitching staff has seen its ERA increased by slightly less than one full run, from 5.95 to 6.82.
Bullard Puts The Bull In Bullpen
Redshirt freshman, Jim Bullard had hoped to make an impact on the Guacho pitching staff. Bullard has done just that, and in the mean time, has been the lone bright spot coming out the Gaucho bullpen. Bullard has had to fill the shoes of All-American Chris Quiroz (due to a season ending shoulder injury) as the Gaucho closer. Thus far, Bullard has appeared in ten games, thrown 26.2 innings, and has compiled a 2-1 record and three saves. Possibly the most impressive stat this season for Bullard, is his better than 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He has 26 strikeouts and has walked only eight opposing batters.
Carter Making It Happen It Left Field
Transferring from Tulane University this season, Las Vegas native, Jeff Carter was unsure of his playing time status. Due to injuries, Carter has been called upon as the full time starter in left field. Since starting against Washington State on March 14, Carter is batting .463 (19-for-41) with a .667 on base percentage. Overall, Carter is batting .298 with a .444 on base percentage.
On The Horizon
The Gauchos hit the road for a three game, Big West Conference series against the University of Pacific, in Stockton. Friday's game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Following their return from Stockton, the Gauchos will host Pac-10 powerhouse, UCLA in a mid-week non-conference game on Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00 p.m. The Gauchos will then host Cal Poly as they resume Big West play, April 14-16.