SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—The No, 30 Gauchos (12-2) extended their win streak to seven straight Saturday night topping No. 25 Oregon State (5-8) 4-0 to win the series on day two. UCSB has now improved its record to 4-0 against Pac-12 teams this season shutting out the Beavers for the second night in a row.
The undeniable discipline at the plate and dominance on the mound continues to shine for Santa Barbara with the team picking up its fifth shutout of the year and finding a way to outscore its opponents despite being outhit for the second straight game. In total, UCSB has earned 10 runs on just six hits in the series, compared to zero runs on eight hits for the Beavers.
Junior southpaw Zach Torra was once again brilliant on the mound to start, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings on his way to his third win of the season. He fanned eight batters and allowed just four hits and a pair of walks. Senior Conner Dand entered in the seventh and finished the job earning an eight-out save. The Gauchos now own a 1.83 ERA that is among the top-ten in the nation.
Veteran shortstop McClain O'Connor gave the Beavers a bit of deja-vu breaking the scoreless tie in the third inning on an RBI triple to center that scored rookie Nick Vogt. He has now posted two triples on the weekend and three RBI.
Late in the game, UCSB came across a trio of insurance runs with sophomore Cole Cummings notching an RBI double in the eighth and Vogt bringing in two more in the ninth on a single to right. Cummings finished 2-for-4 on the day and has now reached base in 12 straight games which is the longest streak of the year by any Gaucho.
Down 1-0 in the seventh is where host Oregon State saw its best opportunity to tie or take the lead collecting two straight one-out singles, but Dand squashed all hopes entering to collect a double play on the first batter he saw and retire the side. A similar situation arose in the bottom of the ninth with Dand once again coming through to set up a double play that put the first two outs on the board.
UCSB will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the series. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.