UCSB Travels to Cal Poly for Final Road Games of 2018

Clay Fisher (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Clay Fisher (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• The Schedule
Friday-Sunday May 18-20 at 6 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at Cal Poly Mustangs
at Baggett Stadium - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Mustangs: 93-73-1
The last meeting: May 21, 2017 - Cal Poly 9, UCSB 2  

• Projected Starting Pitchers
Pitcher (Record, ERA...Fast Fact
Fri RHP Stevie Ledesma (6-2, 2.52)...Has tossed at least 5.0 innings in 8 of his 9 starts.
Sat RHP Chris Lincoln (2-3, 3.30)...Shortest outing as starter on 5/12 at LBSU, 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
Sun. RHP Chris Clements (1-1, 4.24)...Will be making his third consecutive Sunday start.

• The Gauchos' Record
UCSB enters its weekend series at Cal Poly with an overall record of 24-24-1 and a Big West Conference mark of 8-10. The Gauchos enter the serires against the Mustangs having won their last two games. They defeated Long Beach State in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday, 3-2, and then they won their penultimate non-conference game on Tuesday, 6-5 over Cal State Bakersfield in 10 innings. Prior to the current two-game winning streak, Santa Barbara had lost four in a row, including the three straight in Big West play.

• Say Goodbye to the Road
UCSB's three games at Cal Poly this weekend will be its final road games of the 2018 season. The Gauchos will close the campaign with four home games, beginning with a Monday, May 21 game against Portland. Their final regular season series will be Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26 against Hawai'i. 

• The Kids are OK
The 2018 Gaucho roster is one of the youngest in school history. UCSB has 15 freshmen and eight sophomores, a total of 23 underclassmen, on a roster of 32 players, 71.9%. Among field players, freshmen and sophomores have made 282 of 441 starts, 64.0%, and among pitchers, they have made 29 of the 49 starts, 59.1%, and 103 of 183 total appearances, 56.3%.

• Jew Stands Alone in Center Field
Sophomore Tommy Jew is the only Gaucho player to start all 49 games in 2018. Clay Fisher is the only other player to make at least 40 starts and he has started 46 times at DH, shortstop and second base. Jew, in fact, is the only UCSB player to start in center field this season. He's manned the position in all 49 games. The catcher position has had two starters (Eric Yang and Thomas Rowan), but every other position, including DH, has had at least three different players start. Finally, there have been six different starting second basemen, five different left fielders and four different shortstops and third basemen.

• Fisher Heats Up
Junior shortstop Clay Fisher has lifted his batting average to .314, tops on the team among regulars. His average is at its highest point since he was batting .314 on March 16. Fisher has lifted his average 51 points since it was at .263 on April 15. He has hit in 11 of the 13 games since April 15, going 24-for-54 over that span, .444, with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, 15 runs scored and 11 RBI.

• Bonus Baseball
After playing just one extra inning game over the first 37 games this season, UCSB has played four in the last 12. Ironically, the one extra inning affair that the Gauchos had over the first 37 contests was on Mar. 27 at Pepperdine and that game was suspended after 10 innings and actually finished on May 8 prior to the regularly scheduled game between the schools.

• Power Outage
After hitting home runs in five straight games and nine of 10, the Gauchos are without a longball in their last four games. During the five game streak in which it did homer, UCSB launched nine, including three in a 12-0 win over CSUN on May 5. 

• What a Difference a Saturday Makes
After winning consecutive Saturday games over UC Riverside (14-2) and CSUN (12-0) by a combined score of 26-2, UCSB was handed a little of its own medicine in its Saturday, May 12 game at Long Beach State as the 49ers cruised to a 12-0 victory of their own.