2014 UC Santa Barbara Baseball News

April 19, 2014
UCSB Salvages Series Finale Against Long Beach State 2-1 Behind Bieber's Gem
LONG BEACH, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara's Shane Bieber pitched eight excellent innings of one-run ball as the Gauchos held on against the host Dirtbags 2-1 to win the series finale Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.

April 18, 2014
No. 14 Gauchos Drop 1-0 Pitcher's Duel at Long Beach State
Long Beach State starter Josh Frye tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout to lead the Dirtbags to a tight 1-0 win over No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on Friday night, negating a strong bounceback start from the Gauchos' own Austin Pettibone, who allowed just one run over six innings.

April 17, 2014
Ninth Inning UCSB Comeback Spoiled as LBSU Walks Off in 3-2 Win
The fourthteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara baseball team scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to erase a 2-0 deficit at Long Beach State's Blair Field Thursday night, but the Dirtbags struck right with a run in bottom half of the frame to earn a 3-2 walk-off win.

April 16, 2014
No. 14 UCSB Looking to Build Momentum, Travels South for Three-Game Set at Long Beach State
All three games of the Long Beach State series will be broadcasted live over the air on AM 1290 – Santa Barbara News-Press Radio – and online at UCSBgauchos.com.

April 14, 2014
Early Outburst Helps No. 14 UCSB Survive Late Rally in 9-5 Win Over BYU
Senior outfielder Joey Epperson went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and junior catcher Campbell Wear knocked in three runs with his first career hit to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 9-5 victory against BYU that wasn't as close as the scoreline indicated on Monday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

April 13, 2014
Gauchos Hold On For 2-1 Win, Claim Series Over Fullerton For First Time Since 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in Sunday afternoon's rubber match behind an excellent effort by the Gauchos' pitching staff at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

April 12, 2014
No. 14 UCSB Evens Series With Cal State Fullerton on Epperson Walk-Off Liner
For the second time in his career, senior outfielder Joey Epperson delivered a walk-off hit for UC Santa Barbara over a nationally-ranked opponent, giving the Gauchos a 3-2 win over fifteenth-ranked Cal State Fullerton with an RBI single up the middle to score Cameron Newell in the bottom of the ninth inning.

April 11, 2014
Baseball Opener Against Cal St. Fullerton Suspended Due to Darkness After 9-9 Deadlock
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB and Cal State Fullerton were tied 9-9 through 10 innings Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium until they were forced to postpone the game because of darkness to Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

April 10, 2014
Joey Epperson Added to Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List
Senior third baseman/outifelder Joey Epperson has been added to the Midseason "Golden Spikes Award" Watch List, USA Baseball announced today. The Golden Spikes Award is given out annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

April 9, 2014
No. 14 Gauchos Host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in Pivotal Big West Series
All three games of the Cal State Fullerton series will be broadcasted live over the air on AM 1290 – Santa Barbara News-Press Radio – and online at UCSBgauchos.com.

April 7, 2014
UCSB Baseball Announces 2014 Youth Summer Camp Date
The Gauchos will host a five-day summer youth camp Jul. 21-25 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.

April 6, 2014
UCSB Loses Tight Pitching Duel to Cal Poly, 1-0
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Despite only allowing one run as a pitching staff, the Gauchos' offense was shutout 1-0 by Cal Poly pitcher Casey Bloomquist Sunday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.

April 5, 2014
Gauchos Lose to Mustangs on Walk-Off Single in 9th, 8-7
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – UCSB came back to tie the game after being down 5-0 to Cal Poly, but were eventually defeated 8-7 by Chris Hoo's game winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to break a 7-7 tie Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.

April 4, 2014
No. 13 UCSB Wins Wild Series Opener at Fifth-Ranked Cal Poly
What was supposed to be a pitcher's duel on Friday night at Baggett Stadium between two of the top pitchers on the west coast turned into anything but, as thirteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara came out on top of an 8-6 slugfest against fifth-ranked Cal Poly by tagging Mustangs ace Matt Imhof for seven runs in his shortest outing this season.

April 2, 2014
No. 13 Gauchos Face Tough Road Test as They Travel to No. 5 Cal Poly
At 19-5 overall, the Gauchos are off to their second best 24-game start in program history (1984: 21-3).

March 31, 2014
UCSB Alum Mario Hollands Cracks Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day Roster
Former UC Santa Barbara standout Mario Hollands has made the 25-man Opening Day roster for the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced over the weekend.

March 30, 2014
UCSB Loses Rubber Game to Hawai'i, 12-4
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors used 16 hits to defeat No. 10 UC Santa Barbara 12-4 in the rubber game Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

March 29, 2014
Pettibone, Epperson Shine as Gauchos Hold On to Edge Hawai'i, 8-7
What started out as a nice, relaxed Saturday afternoon for the 10th-ranked UC Santa Barbara baseball team turned into a wild ride, but in the end, the result was still an 8-7 Big West Conference win over Hawai’i at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

March 28, 2014
No. 10 Gauchos Stymied by Hawai'i in Big West Opener, 3-1
Hawai'i's Matt Cooper hurled a complete game and allowed just one run as the visiting Rainbow Warriors topped 10th-ranked UC Santa Barbara 3-1 in the Big West Conference opener for both teams on Friday afternoon.

March 26, 2014
No. 10 Gauchos Open Big West Play by Hosting Hawai'i For Three
At 18-3 overall and with an .857 winning percentage, UCSB boasts the best record in the West Region and the fourth best in the nation.

March 25, 2014
Tuesday's Baseball Game To Be Broadcasted on AM 1290 and UCSBgauchos.com
Tonight's baseball showdown at Fresno State will be broadcasted by both KZSB AM 1290 – Santa Barbara News-Press Radio – and UCSBgauchos.com.

March 25, 2014
Tenth-Ranked Gauchos Claim Seesaw Ten-Inning Win Over Fresno State
Junior outfielder Cameron Newell stroked a go-ahead RBI single to score Joey Epperson in the tenth and sophomore closer Dillon Tate provided three innings of shutdown relief to steer No. 10 UC Santa Barbara to a 5-4 win at Fresno State's Beiden Field on Tuesday night.

March 24, 2014
UCSB Baseball Earns First Top-10 Ranking In Over 25 Years
Fresh off a four-game sweep of Wagner College this past weekend, UC Santa Barbara made a jump in four major national polls on Monday morning, headlined by a No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball, the program's first top-10 ranking since the 1986 season.

March 24, 2014
Calica Grabs Big West Field Player of the Week Honors
Redshirt freshman center fielder Andrew Calica was named the Big West Field Player of the Week after helping the 10th-ranked Gauchos to a four-game sweep over Wagner College this past weekend by hitting .588 and driving in five runs.

March 23, 2014
Career Performance by Mazza Gives No. 15 UCSB Sunday Win, Series Sweep
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Behind a dominant 7.2 inning start from sophomore lefty Domenic Mazza and another solid offensive day, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara beat Wagner College by a score of 9-2 on Sunday afternoon, earning the Gauchos their first four-game sweep since the 2010 season.

March 22, 2014
No. 15 Gauchos Sweep Wagner Doubleheader to Extend Historic Home Start
Fifteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara outscored visiting Wagner College 20-4 over two games on Saturday to sweep a doubleheader and clinch the series against the Seahawks.

March 21, 2014
Kuresa Ties Record, Sparks Comeback Victory Against Wagner With Three-Homer Day
Junior first baseman Tyler Kuresa swatted three home runs to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 8-4 comeback victory over the visiting Wagner Seahawks in Friday afternoon's series opener, tying a program record and becoming just the fifth Gaucho all-time to go long three times in the same game.

March 19, 2014
Get on Board: The No. 10 Gaucho Baseball Bandwagon Ticket Plan
Already affordable, tickets to 15th-ranked Gaucho baseball just got even more affordable with the "Bandwagon Plan."

March 18, 2014
No. 15 UCSB Baseball Looks to Stay Hot Against Wagner
UCSB’s No. 15 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll is the program’s highest spot in any national poll since the 1987 preseason poll, when they slotted in at No. 11.

March 16, 2014
Fredrick's Pinch-Hit Smash Leads Gauchos to Walk-Off Win Over Wichita State
Freshman infielder Billy Fredrick lined a pinch-hit double into the right-center field gap in the ninth inning of Sunday's rubber-match with Wichita State, scoring Andrew Calica to break a 2-2 tie and give No. 20 UC Santa Barbara its second walk-off win of the week.

March 15, 2014
UCSB Suffers Rough 16-5 Loss to Wichita State
Second baseman Dayne Parker and third baseman Chase Simpson drove in four runs apiece on Saturday afternoon to lead Wichita State to a lopsided 16-5 win over UC Santa Barbara in the middle contest of a three-game series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

March 14, 2014
Gauchos Hold On to Beat Wichita State 2-1 Behind Jacome's Gem
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – No. 20 UC Santa Barbara defeated Wichita State 2-1 in Friday afternoon's series opener behind Justin Jacome's pitching gem at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

March 13, 2014
No. 20 UCSB Baseball Welcomes Wichita State to Caesar Uyesaka For Three-Game Set
After a 3-1 showing at the Hi Corbett Classic in Tucson, Ariz. last week, UC Santa Barbara debuted in a pair of national polls, the first time the team has been ranked nationally since the 2009 season.

March 11, 2014
Calica Walk-Off Single Delivers UCSB 2-1 Win Over Pepperdine
Redshirt freshman center fielder Andrew Calica stroked a bases-loaded, two-out line drive single through the left side of the infield to score Scott Quinlan in the bottom of the ninth to break a 1-1 deadlock against Pepperdine and give No. 20 UC Santa Barbara its first walk-off win of the 2014 season on Tuesday afternoon.

March 10, 2014
UCSB Baseball Nationally Ranked for First Time Since '09, Pepperdine Showdown to Be Broadcasted Online
The UC Santa Barbara baseball team appeared in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls on Monday mornings, marking the first time the Gauchos have been nationally ranked in the regular season since the 2001 season.

March 9, 2014
Two-Homer Day from Kuresa Leads UCSB to 10-2 Win at Arizona
Junior first baseman Tyler Kuresa clubbed a pair of home runs, including a first inning grand slam, as part of a 10-2 UC Santa Barbara win over Arizona on Sunday in the final game of the Hi Corbett Classic.

March 8, 2014
UCSB Splits Doubleheader at Hi Corbett Classic Tournament, 7-6, 5-10
UCSB split two games of a doubleheader against the No. 10 Mississippi State Bulldogs and Arizona Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at the Hi Corbett Classic Tournament.

March 7, 2014
UCSB Claims 8-3 Win Over Mississippi State to Open Hi Corbett Classic
TUCSON, Ariz. – The bottom third of the UC Santa Barbara lineup helped the Gauchos come out on top 8-3 in Friday's Hi Corbett Classic Tournament opener against Mississippi State, driving in seven runs to ensure the team's seventh straight win.

March 6, 2014
Red-Hot Gauchos Head to Tucson For Hi Corbett Classic Tourney
With a 7-1 record, UCSB is off to its best eight-game start to a season since 1996 (also 7-1).

March 4, 2014
Kuresa's Walk-Off Single Leads Gauchos to a 2-1 Victory
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In an exhibition game against Waseda University, Tyler Kuresa hit a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to boost the Gauchos to a 2-1 win on Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

March 3, 2014
Epperson Tabbed as Big West Field Player of the Week
Senior third baseman Joey Epperson was voted the Big West Field Player of the Week after leading UC Santa Barbara to a perfect 4-0 week by hitting .588 and collecting multiple hits in each game, the conference announced this morning.

March 2, 2014
UCSB Scores 29 Runs to Sweep Princeton Doubleheader, Series
After having its scheduled Saturday game cancelled due to rain, UC Santa Barbara brought a new storm to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Sunday, scoring 29 runs over two games to sweep a doubleheader from Princeton University and send the Tigers back to New Jersey with a winless record.

March 1, 2014
Saturday's UCSB-Princeton Baseball Matchup Cancelled
Due to inclement weather, the second game in the series has been cancelled.

March 1, 2014
UCSBgauchos.com to Carry Both Games of Sunday Baseball Doubleheader on the Radio
For the second time this season, the UCSB baseball team will have its games broadcasted on UCSBgauchos.com, as the offical website of UCSB Athletics will carry both games of a doubleheader with Princeton on Sunday.

February 28, 2014
Gauchos Avoid Rainout, Jacome Delivers Career Performance in 9-1 Trouncing of Princeton
Sophomore lefty Justin Jacome delivered seven shutout innings and struck out out a career-high seven batters to lead the Gauchos to a 9-1 win over visiting Princeton on a cold, wet Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

February 25, 2014
Maris and Kuresa Help Gauchos to 6-4 Upset Win at No. 19 UCLA
Juniors Peter Maris and Tyler Kuresa both clubbed home runs to drive in five runs as part of a 6-4 UC Santa Barbara win over nineteenth-ranked UCLA on Tuesday night, giving the Gauchos their first win at Jackie Robinson Stadium since 2011 and their best five-game start to a season since 2000.

February 24, 2014
Gauchos Battle Defending National Champ UCLA Before Hosting First Home Series of the Year
In the final two games of the San Jose State series, the Gauchos racked up 35 hits: 16 on Saturday and 19 on Sunday.

February 24, 2014
Baseball Showdown at UCLA to Be Broadcasted on AM 1290
Tuesday night's baseball showdown between UC Santa Barbara and UCLA, the defending College World Series champions, has been picked up by the Santa Barbara News-Press radio station and will be broadcasted over the air on KZSB AM 1290. Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos, will have the call as always.

February 23, 2014
Gauchos Win San Jose State Rubber Match Behind Offensive Rout, Hecht's Gem
The UC Santa Barbara offense fired on all cylinders in a Sunday rubber match at San Jose State, scoring 10 runs on 19 hits to easily claim the series win over the Spartans and give the Gauchos a respectable 3-1 record after the opening week of the 2014 season.

February 22, 2014
Sixteen Hits Not Enough as Gauchos Drop Middle Game of San Jose Series
Despite collecting 16 hits as a team on Saturday afternoon – a mark that was bettered only once last year – UC Santa Barbara couldn't overcome a late offensive flurry from San Jose State, falling to the Spartans 7-5 at Municipal Stadium.

February 21, 2014
Gauchos Outlast San Jose State in Extras to Take Series Opener
SAN JOSE, Calif. – In the series opener between UC Santa Barbara and host San Jose State at Municipal Stadium, sophomore utility player Robby Nesovic doubled home Joey Epperson in the top of the 10th inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and give the Gauchos a hard-fought win over the Spartans, who had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half but couldn't come up with a clutch hit.

February 18, 2014
A Son's Devotion: Thoughts of his father never stray far from UCSB pitcher Dylan Hecht
It was the early spring of 2010. Dylan Hecht went home with his head down, saddled with the bad news that he did not earn the starting job as catcher for the JV baseball team at Foothill High in Pleasanton.

February 18, 2014
Kuresa's Blast Powers Gauchos to Season Opening 5-1 Win
A three run, third inning moon shot off the bat of junior first baseman Tyler Kuresa and five shutout innings from the UC Santa Barbara bullpen led the Gauchos to a convincing 5-1 victory over Bakersfield on Opening Day at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

February 17, 2014
UCSB Baseball Opens Season Against Cal State Bakersfield, San Jose State
The 2013 season was an unmitigated success for the UCSB baseball program, as the team finished tied for second place in the Big West Conference and earned a trip to the Corvallis, Ore. Regional of the NCAA Tournament, both firsts since the 2001 season.

February 13, 2014
Season-Opening Series Against NC State Cancelled
UC Santa Barbara's season-opening series against eighth-ranked North Carolina has officially been cancelled due to inclement weather preventing the Wolfpack from flying west.

February 11, 2014
Baseball Season Preview: Gauchos Looking to Build on Regional Appearance
For third-year UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts, last year’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament Regional round – the first for the school in over a decade – was not the summit for the program, but rather a stepping stone towards something greater.

February 3, 2014
Checketts to Speak at Annual Foresters Hot Stove Dinner This Friday
On the eve of his third season leading Gaucho baseball, head coach Andrew Checketts will give a season preview at the Santa Barbara Foresters annual Hot Stove Banquet this Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

January 24, 2014
Great Schedule, Great Baseball, Great Deal: Gaucho Baseball Season Tix Available
UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce that season tickets for Gaucho baseball are now available for just $75, only $2.60 per game for the 29-game home schedule. Season ticket holders can also purchase additional season tickets for just $25 each!

January 6, 2014
Alumni Weekend Rapidly Approaching, Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the highly anticipated 2014 UCSB Baseball alumni weekend, which is scheduled for Jan. 24-26.

December 20, 2013
Gauchos Ranked Among Top-40 Nationwide in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
After putting together a successful 2013 campaign and adding another solid recruiting class, the UC Santa Barbara Baseball team was included in Collegiate Baseball's 2014 Preseason Poll at the No. 39 spot, it was announced Friday morning.

November 21, 2013
UCSB Baseball Inks Ten Recruits to NLI's During Early Signing Period
Andrew Checketts and the UCSB Baseball program have signed ten outstanding players from the prep and junior college ranks to National Letters of Intent over the first days of the early signing period, it was announced by the team today.

November 4, 2013
Gauchos Announce Impressive 2014 Baseball Schedule
On the heels of a historic 2013 season, head coach Andrew Checketts and the UCSB baseball team today unveiled their exciting and challenging 2014 schedule, including high profile matchups against national powerhouses both on the road and at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

October 25, 2013
Save the Date: UCSB Baseball Announces Dates for 2014 Alumni Weekend
The UC Santa Barbara baseball team will hold its annual Alumni Weekend from Jan. 24-26, 2014, it was announced today by head coach Andrew Checketts. UCSB Baseball alumni are encouraged to circle the date on your calendars and to save the date.

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