TUCSON, Ariz.— Third-seeded UC Santa Barbara is off to the championship round of the Tucson Regional after knocking off No. 23 Oklahoma State 13-3 Sunday afternoon. UCSB will now have a quick turnaround facing No. 5 Arizona tonight at 6 PM PT and with a win will see the Wildcats again Monday evening with the winner advancing to the Super Regional round.
The Gauchos were dominant from the jump in their second meeting of the weekend with the Cowboys as they scored 12 runs on 13 hits in the first four innings. A mixture of small ball, solid base running, and a few timely extra-base hits helped the Gauchos put the contest away early.
Using this run support to his advantage was Cory Lewis who was brilliant in first postseason start. The freshman hung up six straight zeros to start the game and in eight innings of work allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out five and walked three.
The biggest inning of the weekend came in the bottom of the second with the Gauchos posting six runs on six hits to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Castanon broke the game wide open with a bases-clearing double to score three. He would end the game going 3-for-5 with two doubles and another five-RBI game on OSU.
A three-spot in the third and a single run in the fourth extended the lead to 12-0, and the final run came in the bottom of the eighth. OSU notched a run in the seventh and two in its final inning of the season to trim the final score to 13-3.
Broc Mortensen was another Gaucho with three hits coming off the bench in the second inning and ended up going a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI. Rodriguez, Jordan Sprinkle, Kyle Johnson, and Gianni Bloom each had two hits.
UCSB will be back on the field in just a few hours in a rematch with the top-seeded Wildcats. Live coverage is available on ESPN3.