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UCSB Completes the Sweep Topping UCR 10-6

Jason Willow (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Jason Willow (Photo by Tony Mastres)

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— UC Santa Barbara completed the four-game sweeping of UC Riverside Sunday afternoon defeating the host Highlanders 10-6. The Gauchos posted 13 hits and scored multiple runs in four different innings to close out the weekend.

Making his second relief appearance of the weekend and earning his sixth win of the season was Carter Benbrook (6-1), who came in in the fifth and tossed 2.1 innings of work. Benbrook earned his fourth save of the season in game one Friday night. Earning the save today was Conner Roberts who struck out three and finished off the final 2.1 innings of the series.

The Gauchos fell behind early giving up a run in the bottom of the first but quickly claimed the lead in the next half inning posting a pair of runs in the second. McClain O'Connor and Gianni Bloom each notched RBI singles to put UCSB up 2-1.

Two more came across in the top of the third with Broc Mortensen notching an RBI single and finding his way home an at-bat later on an RBI double from Jason Willow to extend the Gaucho lead 4-1.

UCR refused to go down easy, answering with a pair of runs of their own to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the fifth at 4-3.

The play of the game came in the top of the seventh as the Gauchos loaded the bases with one out and Willow stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run double to extend UCSB's lead to 7-3. Willow finished the weekend batting .450 with four double, a triple, a home run, and eight RBI.

UCSB posted another three-spot in the top of the eighth inning to close out the weekend Kyle Johnson and Cole Cummings each notching an RBI single and coming around to score. The Highlanders scored the final run of the weekend in the bottom of the eight, but the Gauchos would hold on to take the final 10-6. 

O'Connor and Cummings each had a pair of steals on the day to go with a pair of runs as well. O'Connor went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Cummings went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks.

UCSB outscored UCR 43-12 on the weekend and will head into the final series of the regular season on a four-game win streak.