SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara baseball team appeared in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls on Monday morning, marking the first time the Gauchos have been nationally ranked in the regular season since the 2009 season.
UCSB topped out at No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings, and were tabbed at No. 23 by Baseball America. The Gauchos also received votes and/or consideration in polls by the NCBWA, USA Today, and Perfect Game.
The Gauchos, off to their best start since 1996 with a 10-2 record, are coming off a 3-1 week that saw them take two games in two tries from 2013 College World Series runners up Mississippi State and splitting a pair of contests with Arizona in the Hi Corbett Classic. They entered the week in the top-5 nationwide in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.
On the mound, the UCSB rotation – headlined by sensational sophomore Justin Jacome and freshman phenom Shane Bieber – has thrived despite the absence of 2013 ace Austin Pettibone, combining for a 7-0 record.
The Gauchos will look to remain hot this week, as they open up an eight-game homestand by hosting Pepperdine in a Tuesday tuneup. UCSBgauchos.com will carry a live audio broadcast of that game with Gerry Fall on the mike. The game can be heard on UCSB's listen live page, the baseball schedule page, or by clicking here.
Andrew Vasquez will make his first start of the season for UCSB, with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.