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.
With a full tank of gas and 100 on the speedometer, @JackDashwood went the distance with 9 innings and 2 hits allowed! @alldaykelt spoke to the man in the driver's seat following UCSB's 7-0 win over @UCDavisBaseball. #CHOmaha @UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/SlRk8EU6mQ— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 20, 2019
Light the Menorah, Tommy Jew with a two-run blast! @_tj2 has done it all year, and @alldaykelt caught up with The Glue after UCSB's 11th straight. #CHOmaha @UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/WKI925HA5K— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 20, 2019
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.
The best Gaucho team we've ever seen? Well I'll tell ya one thing...it's hard to get much better. @alldaykelt speaks with Head Coach Andrew Checketts as his team is off to the best start in program history. And yes, they're 34 games in. #CHOmaha @UCSB_Baseball @BigWestBaseball pic.twitter.com/mHnSWehnbn— KCSB Sports Radio (@KCSBSports) April 20, 2019
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.