SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Outscoring its opponent 19-3 on the day was the UCSB baseball team as the Gauchos swept it's Saturday doubleheader with visiting Cal State Bakersfield to win the series. UCSB shutout the Roadrunners in game one 6-0 before notching a 13-3 walk-off run-rule victory in game two to earn its seventh straight win.
The first game of the day saw Rodney Boone (10-4) take the mound and earn his 10th win of the season, which ties for fifth all-time in program history. He tossed eight innings of three-hit ball and struck out 12, and now moves into third place all-time with 117 Ks on the season. He picked up his 20th career win, which ties for 9th in Gaucho history and collected his 228th strikeout which ranks third all time.
The Gauchos saw just seven hits in the contest but four would go for extra-bases including a trio of home runs. Broc Mortensen was the first cranking a lead-off solo shot to right field in the second inning for the first hit of the game. He now has 14 on the season, which ranks 7th in program history and paces the conference.
An inning later the UCSB hung a three-spot headlined by a two-run bomb from Marcos Castanon, and Jordan Sprinkle followed suit in the fifth hitting his second home run of the weekend to put the Gauchos up 5-0.
Chris Troye would enter in the ninth and retire the final three Runners in order to seal the win.
Game two of the afternoon saw 16 total hits and runs, five multi-run innings, and six HBP while ending in an eighth inning walk-off. The Gauchos scored its first six runs of the game on just two hits to take a third-inning lead that they never relinquished.
Cory Lewis (6-4) earned the start for UCSB and for the third time this season tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts. He allowed three earned runs off four hits in his seven innings of work and picked up his sixth win of the season. The freshman was in trouble early on but managed to limit the damage and keep his team in the game.BHBP
The Roadrunners regained the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the third, but it didn't last long as trouble brewed again in the bottom of the third. A Gaucho single and two HBP loaded the bases for McClain O'Connor who took a ball deep over the left field wall for a grand slam. It would go down as the game-winning swing putting UCSB up 6-3.
The Gauchos hung another four in the fourth to make it 10-3 thanks to RBI singles from Zach Rodriguez and Castanon, and a solo home run by Jason Willow. Two more came across in the sixth to put UCSB in position to run-rule CSUB.
In the bottom of the eighth Mortensen drew a lead-off walk and found himself on third base thanks to a pinch-hit walk from Nick Vogt and a ground ball in the next at-bat. Entering the game as a pinch-hitter was Nick Oakley who stepped to the plate and poked a single through the right side of the infield to walk it off for the Gauchos at 13-3.
Sprinkle and Castanon each collected two hits in the contest going 2-for-4 and 2-for-3, respectively. O'Connor led the way with four RBI with Willow following closely behind with three of his own.
The Gauchos will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.