No. 8 UCSB Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader with Pepperdine

Rodney Boone (Photo by Gabrielle Penner)
Rodney Boone (Photo by Gabrielle Penner)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Both games of the Saturday doubleheader at Caesar Uyesaka went to host No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (5-1) as the Gauchos took game one 9-7 over Pepperdine (1-5) before claiming the series with a 5-0 win in game two. UCSB has now won five straight.

The two games could not have been more different with the Gauchos coming from down five to win the first contest and then nearly no-hitting the Waves to end the day.


Game One
Michael McGreevy (1-0) took the bump for his second start of season tossing six innings for UCSB. The sophomore struck out six and was only charged with two earned in the no-decision. JD Callahan was the sole Gaucho out of the pen closing out the final three innings to earn his first win of the season. He would allow just three hits and two runs while fanning five. 

Pepperdine struck first posting five runs in the third inning thanks to a medley of Gaucho mistakes and a grand slam by Billy Cook. McGreevy would only be held accountable for two of the five runs.

Down 5-0 UCSB answered with a very convincing fourth inning to ice the game at 5-5. Four Gauchos reached base on walks, three collected hits, and two scored on Waves wild pitches. Marcos Castanon and Jason Willow posted RBI singles and Cole Cummings notched a 2 RBI single.

The Waves regained the lead in the top of the seventh scoring a run and the Gauchos were once again quick to respond as McClain O'Connor collected an RBI on a groundout to short to make it 6-6.

Castanon led off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the left field line and was brought in by Jordan Sprinkle, who reached on a fielder's choice. Steele Ledford, who entered earlier in the game as a pinch-hitter, concluded the Gauchos' scoring efforts with a 2 RBI single that was just missed by the Waves' outfield. 

UCSB took its 9-6 lead into the final inning and despite allowing a solo home run was able to close out the game 9-7.

Castanon, Cummings, and Willow all collected two hits each. Willow went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and an RBI.


Game Two
The second edition of the doubleheader was taken over by Rodney Boone (2-0) who was once again spectacular tossing six innings of no-hit, scoreless baseball. Only four batters reached base on Boone, who struck out six in the win. He has yet to allow any runs this season and is averaging 12.27 strikeouts per nine innings.

Ryan Harvey Came in in the seventh and nearly persevered the no-hitter allowing just one hit in his three innings to earn his first career save. The freshman walked just two and struck out four to deliver the first shutout of the season for the Gauchos.

This was the team's first one-hit performance since a 7-0 win over Stephen F. Austin on April 7, 2019. 

UCSB only needed one run to protect the pitching gem by Boone and Harvey, but got five instead, spread out throughout the game.

Gianni Bloom earned the start behind the dish and got the Gauchos on the board early with an RBI groundout. His first RBI of the year. O'Connor followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Christian Kirtley made some noise in the fourth with an RBI single of his own and followed that up with an RBI double in his next at bat in the sixth. He finished going 3-for-4 with a run, a walk, and two RBI.

Castanon finished the day giving the Gauchos a 5-0 lead with an RBI single in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to six games. Zach Rodriguez earned the start in right field and did not disappoint going 3-for-3 with two runs.

The Gauchos will now go for the four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon down in Malibu, Calif.