SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Mike Kolbach and Chad Peshke
each drove home a run in the 10th inning to lift the Gauchos to a 9-7
come-from-behind win over Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at Hornet
The win improved UCSB to 29-11 overall and 4-2 in the Big West
Conference. It also gave the team a 2-1 win in the three-game series.
The Hornets fell to 18-25 overall and 2-7 in league games.
Leading 7-5 heading into the eighth inning, Sacramento State ran into
trouble. After retiring the first batter, starter Jeff Groeger
surrendered a single to Ryan Stringham. Groeger then got pinch hitter
Donovan Warrecker to fly out to center for the second out of the
inning. Ryan Spilborghs followed with a single and Schumaker singled
to right scoring Stringham. Sophomore Steve Cuckovich entered in
relief but walked Kolbach to load the bases. After throwing two balls
to Peshke, Cuckovich was lifted in place of Michael Penbera. Penbera
battled Dave Molidor to a full count but missed inside to score the
In the 10th, Spilborghs singled to right with one out. Schumaker
walked and Kolbach then singled to right scoring Spilborghs and
giving the team a one-run lead. Peshke followed with a chopper to
short and beat out the double-play attempt at first base which
allowed Schumaker to score from third.
Jamie Gonzales threw the final 2.2 innings to earn his first win of
the year. Penbera dropped to 0-2 and allowed just his second and
third earned runs of the season in 19.0 innings.
Sacramento State jumped to an early lead in the game behind an RBI
double by Joe Evans in the first and three runs in the second on five
hits. The Hornets led 5-2 after four inning and appeared to get out
of a jam in the fifth but Carlo Morales mishandled a ball a third
base allowing the inning to continue. Stringham hit the next pitch
over the left-center field fence to tie the game, 5-5.
Sacramento State retook the lead in the seventh inning when Daryl
Grant and Chris Kinsey perfected a delayed double steal. Kinsey, who
was on first, purposely got caught between first and second while
Grant beat the throw to the plate. Kinsey later scored on a double by
The Hornets continue their homestand on Tuesday against Santa Clara.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
|UC Santa Barbara (29-11, 4-2)||101 030 020 2||-||9||12||1|
|Sacramento State (18-25, 2-7)||130 100 200 0||-||7||11||1|
WP - Jamie Gonzales (1-1)
LP - Michael Penbera (0-2)