No. 6 UCSB Routs Rainbow Warriors, 11-1

Eric Yang (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Eric Yang (Photo by Tony Mastres)

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Jack Dashwood struck out eight through seven innings of two-hit ball and the No. 6 UC Santa Barbara baseball racked up 18 hits in an 11-1 rout to clinch the series over Hawai'i on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

With the win, UCSB ties the school record for most wins against Division I opponents (43), set in 2016, with four games remaining in the regular season. The win is also the 12th in a row for the Gauchos, its third 12-game winning streak of the season and one away from its own record of 13 straight. 

The Gauchos (43-7, 17-3 Big West) looked to sophomore southpaw Jack Dashwood on the bump Saturday, and the 6-foot-6, San Diego native turned in another gem for his ninth victory of the season. Dashwood (9-1) was perfect into the fifth until allowing a solo home run, but that was the only run he would allow while holding the Rainbow Warriors to just two hits while striking out eight on the night. 

UCSB gave him all the run support he would need early on, pouring in four runs in the first inning to jump out to a quick lead. A one-out single from Andrew Martinez followed by an Eric Yang double and Thomas Rowan getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases for Armani Smith, who poked one through the right side to drive in the first run of the game. Tommy Jew promptly singled to left to drive in another and Marcos Castanon made it three straight singles, driving in two with his stroke to left, making it 4-0 Gauchos.

It was the top of the order supplying more damage in the second as Martinez and Yang both singled before Rowan drove in a run with a single to right.

Martinez stayed hot with an RBI double to spark a three-run fourth inning as UCSB went up 8-0 after Smith drove in Martinez on a fielder's choice and Yang came around to score on a wild pitch.

It was Yang's turn for an RBI single in the sixth and Smith doubled him home to put UCSB ahead 10-1. The Gauchos added a run in the ninth on an RBI single from Cole Mueller to cap off the scoring.

Liam Steigerwald struck out two in his one inning of relief and Christopher Troye struck out the side in the ninth to seal the deal.

Yang (4-for-5) and Martinez (3-for-4) led the way offensively and both added three runs and an RBI, while McClain O'Connor (2-for-6), Smith (2-for-5) and Rowan (2-for-3) all had multi-hit games. Eight of the UCSB starters recorded a hit in the game.

UCSB and Hawai'i will close out the series tomorrow afternoon, May 19, at 4:35 p.m. PT.