SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 14 UC Santa Barbara racked up 11 hits scoring 10 runs on Saturday leading to a 10-1 win over No. 15 UC Irvine (21-8 overall, 5-3 Big West). The win secures a series victory for the Gauchos.
"We played well today in all facets. Great start from Dashwood, play quality defense, great job offenisvely and that is a good team we beat over there and that is a feather in our cap. We have a game left though and we would like to get that tomorrow," Head Coach Andrew Checketts said.
UCSB (26-5 overall, 4-1 Big West) will look for the series sweep tomorrow, its first against UCI since 2015. The victory also pushes Santa Barbara's win streak to eight and its ninth straight at home. The Gauchos are 16-1 at Caesar Uyesaka this season.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Jack Dashwood was also great from the mound today which help UCSB secure the series win.
The San Diego, Calif. native would toss a season-high eight innings allowing just four hits, two walks, one earned and struck out seven batters.
The Gauchos had a street light on the mound today as @JackDashwood lit the path for success in UCSB's 10-1 win over UCI! @alldaykelt spoke with the man of the match about who these Gauchos really are. #CHOmaha @UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/n5jeVyvCEb— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 14, 2019
Santa Barbara was hot from the very start in this one. In the bottom of the first frame, the Gauchos would score four runs, the first coming off an RBI single from senior Thomas Rowan. After a strikeout, Andrew Martinez came to the plate with two on and two outs and would smack a ball to left field over the wall scoring three for UCSB.
As for Dashwood, he would allow just one hit in the games first three innings. In the fourth, however, the sophomore found himself in a little bit of trouble. With one out, Dashwood found himself facing a bases-loaded situation, but the southpaw handled it with class allowing just one run in the frame to keep UCSB in front 4-1.
From there, Dashwood would allow just one more hit up until the end of his performance. In the bottom eighth with two outs, Dashwood received some great help from junior shortstop McClain O'Connor who would lay out for a ball heading through the gap and tossing one over to first to secure Dashwood's eight-inning performance. The play would be reviewed, but was confirmed to be correct.
"I thought I could get to it so I laid out, got the ball, and threw it over there to let KJ [first baseman Kyle Johnson] do the rest," O'Connor said.
Just before that defensive gem, O'Connor also did some damage at the plate hitting a two-out, two-RBI single to cap off a four-run seventh inning for the Gauchos which pushed their lead to 9-1.
Don't hit it to @billyTHEskiddd at short, the kid is a vacuum! @alldaykelt hung around with the man, the myth following UCSB 10-1 win over UCI! #CHOmaha@UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/1Khkria1fG— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 14, 2019
Junior catcher Eric Yang would hit a no-doubt round-tripper to left field in the bottom of the eighth to cap off UCSB's strong offensive performance. Junior righty Connor Dand came in the final frame to secure UCSB's 10-1 win.
Some of the key leaders for UCSB included Rowan who would finish 3-4 with two RBI's. In this series, the senior is now 6-8 in this series with five runs batted in. Rowan was one of four Gauchos today to have a multiple hit day.
In totality, the Gauchos entire pitching staff has given up just seven hits and two runs through this series thus far.
With Head Coach Andrew Checketts at the helm, anything is possible for the Gauchos. @alldaykelt got the words of wisdom as UCSB improves to 26-5! #CHOmaha @UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/EP81Dkt3nC— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 14, 2019
The Gauchos will look for the series sweep over the Anteaters at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.