No. 25 UCSB Takes 10-Game Winning Streak into Cal Baptist Series

Assistant coach Matt Fonteno (left) and Thomas Rowan (right). (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Assistant coach Matt Fonteno (left) and Thomas Rowan (right). (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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The Schedule
Friday, Mar. 15 at 3:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Saturday, Mar. 16 at 2:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
UCSB Gauchos vs. Cal Baptist Lancers
All-time record vs. the Lancers: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A

Gauchos on the Air
UCSB Baseball will be available to stream all season long through BigWest.TV. The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, will be on play-by-play alongside all-time winningest UCSB Baseball coach Bob Brontsema handling color. An additional audio only broadcast will be available with UCSB Assistant Director of Operations, Kevin Cannon on the call. 

UCSB Offense Shines in Sweep at Tulane
Santa Barbara came away with an impressive sweep in the Big Easy, traveling to New Orleans and winning all three games at Tulane. The Green Wave was 10-3 entering the weekend series, and ranked fifth in the nation in home runs, but it was the Gauchos whose offense was on full display. UCSB racked up 31 runs on 38 hits in the series while hitting .358. The Gauchos upended Tulane 7-4 on Friday night, won a thrilling back-and-forth 8-7 affair on Saturday and routed Tulane on Sunday, 16-6, after drawing eight walks and getting hit by a pitch a season-high six times. 

Back in the Rankings
Fresh off a sweep at Tulane and a red-hot 11-2 start, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team came in at No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball Top-30 Poll on Monday. It is the first ranking for the Gauchos since they were No. 23 back in March of 2017, following its College World Series run in 2016. After a 2-2 start, UCSB has won nine games in a row, including an impressive sweep at Tulane. It is the best start since the 2014 Gauchos also started 11-2.

Jew Named Big West Field Player of the Week
UC Santa Barbara junior centerfielder Tommy Jew was named Big West Field Player of the Week for the second time in his career, and first this season, after he hit .526 (10-for-19) with two home runs, eight RBIs and scored six runs in a 4-0 week for the Gauchos. He began the week with a 2-for-4 performance, a homerun, double and two runs in a 5-3 win over Pepperdine on Monday and continued to tear the cover off the ball in New Orleans. In a series sweep over Tulane, Jew hit .533 (8-for-15) with a home run, seven RBIs, a pair of doubles and four runs scored. He also added a career-high three stolen bases in Saturday's come-from-behind 8-7 win while going 3-for-5 at the plate. In Friday's series opening 7-4 victory, Jew went 3-for-6 at the dish and made a spectacular catch in centerfield, scaling the wall to rob a home run. 

Hot Start for Yang
Junior catcher Eric Yang is playing some of the best baseball of his career, and leads the Gauchos with a .469 batting average (23-for-49), which ranks seventh in the nation. He has reached base in all 14 games this season and is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. Yang also has nine multi-hit games already this season and hit his first career home run to lead UCSB past Pepperdine 3-2 on Mar. 1. 

Home runs = W's
UCSB is 9-0 this season when they hit a home run in a game. The Gauchos had a home run in their first eight wins of the year before being held without a home run in the first two wins at Tulane. A Tevin Mitchell grand slam and solo HR from Tommy Jew in Sunday's 16-6 rout over Tulane brought Santa Barbara back to its home run hitting ways. Nine different Gauchos have hit one through 14 games, and UCSB has a total of 15 homers to rank 46th in the nation. Jew leads the team with five while Andrew Martinez and Armani Smith each have hit two. 

Series Openers
The Gauchos are 5-0 in series openers in 2019, scoring an average of 8.0 runs per game. UCSB will look to keep its opener streak alive this Friday against Cal Baptist at home with junior southpaw Ben Brecht on the mound. Brecht has started four of the five series openers and will start his fifth on Friday. 

Home Sweet Home
The Gauchos have fared extremely well at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium under Andrew Checketts, crafting a .682 winning percentage (146-67-3) at home, over 20% higher than their road winning percentage over that same span (.457). UCSB went 21-12-1 at home last season and is off to a 5-0 start at home in 2019. 

Clash with Cal Baptist
Cal Baptist, in its first season at the Division I level, is off to a 13-4 start and is coming off a 5-1 midweek win over Farleigh Dickinson. In its past series, CBU took 3-out-of-4 against Pacific at home. This will be the first meeting between UCSB and Cal Baptist all-time, and the Lancers' head coach, Gary Adcock, is a former Gaucho himself, having pitched for UCSB in 1990 and earning Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Ryan Mota is hitting .388 with nine homeruns and 20 RBIs to lead the Lancers offensively while Friday's projected starter, Travis Booth (2-0, 0.53 ERA), leads the pitching staff. 

Bullpen Strength
Freshman Michael McGreevy and junior righty Chris Lincoln have been dominant out of the bullpen for UCSB this season. The two have five wins and seven saves combined as McGreevy (3-0, 3 SV's) boasts a 1.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his nine appearances. Lincoln (2-0, 4 SV's), meanwhile, has struck out 11 in 11.2 innings pitched and has a win or save in all six of his appearances. The Gaucho pitching staff as a whole has 11 games with 10+ strikeouts. 

Golden Gloves
UCSB ranks third in the nation with a .986 fielding percentage, with just seven errors in 486 total chances. Only Saint Mary's (.988) and Vanderbilt (.987) rank ahead of the Gauchos. In addition to its superb fielding, UCSB also ranks Top-10 in the nation in hit by pitch (9th with 34), strikeout-to-walk ratio (9th with 3.87), triples (4th with nine), triples per game (3rd with .64), and walks allowed per game (10th with 2.76).