College Baseball : Ex-County Stars Lead Santa Barbara Past UCI


Two former Orange County prep and community college stars led UC Santa Barbara to a 12-2 rout of UC Irvine Friday afternoon in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. game at Santa Barbara.

George Bonilla, who formerly played at El Modena High School and Saddleback College, pitched a complete game and allowed only four hits to get the win and improve his record to 7-3. Meanwhile, Tony Zavala, who formerly played at Valencia High School and Santa Ana College, was the offensive star for Santa Barbara with two hits, including a grand slam.

Santa Barbara led, 3-2, going into the bottom of the fifth inning when Zavala hit his home run off of losing pitcher Doug Linton (4-3), who pitched seven innings and allowed nine earned runs.


Other players in addition to Zavala leading the Gauchos’ 17-hit attack were Dave Stewart, who was 3 for 4 with a bases-empty home run, Steve Nelson, who was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and Bill Gievett, who was 3 for 5 with two runs scored.

Santa Barbara (5-8 in conference and 24-15-2 overall) plays Irvine (5-4, 16-15-1) in a doubleheader today at Santa Barbara at noon.

In Sooner Shootout Tournament action:

USC 10, Cal State Fullerton 3--Dan Henley’s grand slam keyed a seven-run sixth inning by USC as the Trojans (18-25) beat the Titans in an afternoon game of the round-robin tournament at Oklahoma City’s All-Sports Stadium.

The score was tied, 3-3, when USC erupted for seven runs. Losing pitcher Mike Harkey gave up a bloop double to start the eighth inning, and then Titan relief ace Mike Schooler came in and gave up a walk, three singles and another walk before Henley hit his grand slam. John Fishel homered for Fullerton, but teammate Shane Turner, one hit shy of setting a school record, saw his hitting streak come to an end after 23 games.

Oklahoma 6, Fullerton 2--In a night game against the second-ranked Sooners, Fullerton (19-21-1) lost again and, as was the case against USC, the key hit was a grand slam in the sixth inning.

Fullerton led, 2-1, in the sixth when Doug Robertson walked in the tying run. Damon Allen came in to replace Roberston and the Sooners’ Kevin Pearson hit the right-hander’s first pitch over the fence for a game-winning grand slam. Steve Peters went all the way to get the win for the Sooners (29-6).