UCSB Wraps Up 2018 Campaign at Home Against Hawai’i

Tevin Mitchell (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Tevin Mitchell (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

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• The Schedule
Thursday-Saturday May 24-26 at 3 p.m., 3 p.m., 2 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos vs. University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors
at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium - Santa Barbara, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Rainbow Warriors: 14-19
The last meeting: May 27, 2017 - Hawai'i 9, UCSB 6

• Projected Starting Pitchers
Pitcher (Record, ERA) Fast Fact
Thursday - RHP Stevie Ledesma (6-3, 2.94)...Has tossed at least 5.0 innings in 9 of his 10 starts.
Friday -  RHP Chris Lincoln (2-3, 3.09)...Longest outing as a strater at Cal Poly: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB.
Sunday -  RHP Chris Clements (1-2, 5.02)...Allowed season-high five earned runs in 5/20 game at Cal Poly.

• The Gauchos' Record
UCSB enters its final weekend of the 2018 season with an overall record of 25-27-1 and a Big West Conference mark of 8-13. It enters the serires against Hawai'i on the heels of a 1-0 walkoff win over Portland on 5/21.  The Gauchos, who were swept at Cal Poly last weekend, have dropped eight of their last 10 Big West games to fall from 6-5 to 8-13. 

• Good Riddance to the Road
UCSB's three losses at Cal Poly last weekend dropped its record to 5-15 in true road games and 6-16 in all games away from home. On the other hand, with their win over Portland on Tuesday, the Gauchos are a solid 19-11-1 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium this season. 

• 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 305 of 477 starts, 63.9%, and among pitchers, they have made 30 of the 53 starts, 56.6%, and 109 of 194 total appearances, 56.2%.

• Jew Stands Alone in Center Field
Sophomore Tommy Jew is the only Gaucho player to start all 53 games in 2018. Clay Fisher is the only other player to make at least 50 starts and he has started exactly 50 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 53 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 seven different starting second basemen, six left fielders and four different shortstops, third basemen and right fielders.

• Jew Extends Streak to 12 Straight
Sophomore Tommy Jew was 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over Portland, extending his hitting streak to 12-straight games and 16 of 17. During the 12-game streak, he has collected 17 hits in 47 at bats, .362. Over the 17 games, Jew has gone 27-for-70, .386, and he has lifted his batting average from .268 to .309, its highest point since he was at .321 on Mar. 27. During the 17-game stretch, he has also collected 18 RBI, 14 runs scored, three home runs, three doubles and a triple. 

• Mitchell Gets Hot
After going 0-for-1 in an April 7 game against UTRGV, junior Tevin Mitchell was hitting just .160. On Tuesday, he collected a season-high three hits, including a double, and scored the only run in the bottom of the ninth as UCSB defeated Portland, 1-0. Mitchell was 3-for-4 in the game against the Pilots and lifted his average on the year to .328. Since that April 7 game, he has gone 18-of-42, .429, with five doubles and nine walks. His on base percentage over that span is .529. Mitchell enters the weekend series against Hawai'i with a eight game hitting streak, the second longest current streak on the team. In the last eight games, he's gone 13-for-26, .500, with an on base percentage of .581. 

• Offense is at a Premium
UCSB has been struggling to score runs and, for that matter, collect hits in the past few games. It wasn't fatal on Tuesday as the Gauchos needed just one run on seven hits to defeat Portland, 1-0, but in the three preceding games the lack of offense spelled defeat. In the last four games, Tuesday's win and three losses at Cal Poly, UCSB totaled nine runs, 2.25 per game. Also over that span, the Gauchos had just 31 hits, 7.75 per game. In the last three games, they did not have more than eight hits and had a total of 20, 6.67 per outing.