Gauchos Extend Win Streak to 11 Games Behind Dashwood’s Complete-Game Shutout

Jack Dashwood pitched a complete-game shutout against UC Davis on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Tony Masters)
Jack Dashwood pitched a complete-game shutout against UC Davis on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Tony Masters)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara won its 11th straight game, blanking UC Davis 7-0 on Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. 11 straight wins is one short of the Gauchos' all-time program record for consecutive victories. 

UCSB (29-5, 7-1 Big West) was led by sophomore pitcher Jack Dashwood, who pitched an absolute gem. The lefty took a perfect game into the seventh inning and gave up no runs, holding the Aggies to just three hits in what was his first career complete game. Dashwood threw 90 pitches, striking out five while not allowing a walk.

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Santa Barbara's offense also showed off, scoring seven runs on 11 hits, including home runs by Tommy Jew and Kyle Johnson.

Dashwood sent the Aggies down in order in the top of the first. In the bottom half of the inning, Eric Yang singled and was brought home by Jew's towering two-run blast to left field, opening the scoring for the Gauchos.

As Dashwood continued to mow down Davis' hitters, the Gauchos added more runs in the third inning. Thomas Rowan hit a sacrifice fly, driving home Yang and making it 3-0. Later in the inning, Jew scored on a wild-pitch, increasing Santa Barbara's lead to 4-0.

In the fifth inning, after Rowan was hit by a pitch and Andrew Martinez singled, first baseman Kyle Johnson launched a home run over the left field fence, contributing to the final score of 7-0.

Dashwood continued to overwhelm the Aggies' offense until the seventh inning, when Davis' Tanner Murray broke up the perfect game, leading off the inning with a single. After a Cooper Morrison base hit, Dashwood got out of a first and second no-out situation with a strike out and a double play.

Dashwood gave up his only other hit of the game in the ninth inning, when he allowed a leadoff double to pinch hitter Spencer Gedestad, but once again escaped the inning without any damage.

Four Gauchos ended up with multiple hits, including Yang, Jew, Johnson, and Jason Willow.

Santa Barbara will finish the series with Davis tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium taking place at 1 p.m.