UCSB Baseball Summer Wrap-Up

Justin Jacome

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Player of the Year awards, League Championships, and No-Hitters were just a few things accomplished by UCSB players around the country in the 2014 summer collegiate baseball season.

Senior outfielder Cameron Newell was named Alaska Baseball League Player of the Year, junior left-handed pitcher Justin Jacome was a Cape Cod All-Star while winning a League Championship with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and junior lefty Domenic Mazza tossed a quirky no-hitter to headline the list of UCSB summer baseball accomplishments.

However, junior second baseman Ryan Clark, sophomore right-handed pitcher Shane Bieber, senior shortstop Peter Maris, junior righty Dillon Tate, sophomore designated hitter Billy Fredrick, and junior outfielder/first baseman Dalton Kelly all had standout stints this summer as well.

Despite having just 46 RBIs in 109 career games at UCSB, Newell was a run-producing machine for the Matsu Miners of the Alaska Baseball League. The lefty outfielder drove in 38 runs in just 31 games with 15 extra-base hits – including seven home runs – while finishing with a gaudy 1.067 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). An ABL All-Star Selection, he was voted as the league's Player of the Year at the conclusion of the summer.

Jacome, who had a breakout sophomore year for the Gauchos this season (8-2, 2.61 ERA), fared even better in the prestigious "Cape," taking advantage of the wood bat league to lower his ERA to a paltry 1.55 while walking just 10 batters in 52 1/3 innings of work. As a key piece of the starting rotation, Jacome eventually won the Cape Cod League Championship with the Sox. He tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball on the road at Harwich in his final appearance of the season to advance to the League Championship Series. He also tossed a scoreless inning in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.

Mazza recorded one of the more bizarre no-hitters in recent memory while pitching for the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters on July 15 against the Lakeshore Chinooks. Despite allowing no hits, Mazza actually received a loss in the game after allowing two unearned runs in the sixth inning off a pair of Rafters errors. His own team could only muster one hit of their own and so went down 2-0. He is the first Gaucho to throw a summer no-hitter since Greg Mahle in 2012. Mazza's summer was anything but a no-hit wonder, however, as was named the team's Pitcher of the Year – despite arriving to Wisconsin a month into the season – recording a 1.43 ERA and striking out over a batter an inning (50 K's in 44 frames), 

Tate made 11 appearances for the USA Collegiate National Team over the summer, allowing just one run while recording three saves and striking out seven. The successful stint with Team USA bodes well for the hard-throwing righty: the last three UCSB players to suit up for their country – Chris Valaika, Barry Zito, and Erik Johnson – all reached the major leagues in their professional careers. Team USA went an impressive 18-8-2 over the summer. After the team wrapped up, Tate was named the No. 5 prospect on the loaded squad by MLB.com.

After a solid junior campaign with UCSB, Maris excelled for the Mankato in the Northwoods League. The shortstop appeared in both the Northwoods All-Star Game and Big League Dreams Showcase, and drove in 45 runs in 49 regular season games for the MoonDogs. His team was also the runner up in the League Championship.

A West Coast League All-Star, Bieber recorded a 1.44 ERA and struck out 41 against five walks in 37 1/3 innings over six starts for Cowlitz. The 6-2 righty faced a bout of bad luck however – his personal record was just 1-0 despite allowing no earned runs in four of his six outings.

A revelation with the bat off the bench as a freshman, Fredrick hit .567 over the first half of the summer for Santa Paula to earn a spot in the California Collegiate League All-Star Game. Though he was unable to keep up that torrid pace, he still ended the season with a .450 batting average a 1.099 OPS.

Rounding out UCSB's summer league All-Stars is Clark, who hit .346 in 29 games for Fairbanks of the Alaska Baseball League. The GoldPanners participated in the NBC World Series as well.

Despite being snubbed for the West Coast League All-Star Game, Kelly had a breakout summer for Corvallis. The outfield/first base-hybrid did a little bit of everything for the Knights, slugging .604 (with seven home runs in 46 games), stealing 11 bases, and driving in 37 runs. He and Gauchos-teammate Scott Quinlan played for the West Coast League Championship but ultimately finished runners-up despite the latter clubbing a game-winning three-run homer in game one of the series against Bellingham.

A full breakdown of all UCSB summer baseball participants can be found below.

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Player Name

Position        
Summer Team League Stats (link to expanded numbers)
Connor Baits P Lacrosse Loggers Northwoods 2-2, 4.71 ERA, 34.1 IP, 29 K, 15 BB (bio)
Shane Bieber

P

Cowlitz Black Bears West Coast 1-0, 1.44 ERA, 37.1 ERA, 41 K, 5 BB (bio)
Kenny Chapman P Santa Barbara Foresters California Collegiate 1-3, 6.53 ERA, 20.2 IP, 18 K, 11 BB (stats)
Alex Garcia P Victoria Harbour Cats West Coast 2-2, 2.93 ERA, 15.1 IP, 12 K (bio)
Dylan Hecht P Bourne Braves Cape Cod 7.2 IP, 2.34 ERA, 6 apps, 7.2 IP, 11 K, 2 BB (bio)
Justin Jacome P Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Cape Cod 6-2, 1.55 ERA, 52.1 IP, 40 K, 10 BB (bio)
Hector Lujan P Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Northwoods 5 IP, 3 apps, 0.00 ERA, 5 K, 2 H (bio)
Domenic Mazza P Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Northwoods 2-2, 1.43 ERA, 44 IP, 50 K, 21 BB (bio)
Kyle Nelson
P Anchorage Glacier Pilots Alaska Baseball 3-1, 4.15 ERA, 13 IP, 15 K, 12 BB (bio)
Joe Record P Medford Rogues West Coast 5.2 IP, 8 K (bio)
Dillon Tate P USA Baseball National Collegiate Team
  11 apps, 3 saves, 11.1 IP, 0.79 ERA, 7 K, 7 H (stats)
Campbell Wear P/C Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Northwoods .238/.359/.295, 32 GP, 105 AB, 35 BB, 16 R (bio)
Austin Bush 1B Kitsap Blue Jackets West Coast .264/.361/.440, 31 GP, 91 AB, 10 XBH, 23 RBIs, 14 BB (bio)
Jarrett Costa C South Bay Storm Golden .227/.326/.253, 26 GP, 75 AB, 17 H, 7 BB (bio)
Ryan Clark INF Fairbanks Alaska Goldpanners Alaska Baseball .346/.430/.432, 29 GP, 81 AB, 28 H, 18 R (bio)
Billy Fredrick UT Santa Paula Halos California Collegiate .450/.507/.592, 34 GP, 120 AB, 54 H, 14 XBH, 18 RBIs,  (stats)
Peter Maris SS Mankato Moondogs Northwoods .335/.389/.432, 56 GP, 224 AB, 75 H, 48 RBIs, 22 BB, 13 XBH (bio)
Paddy O'Brien C Danville Dans Prospect .198/.291/.303, 27 GP, 89 AB, 15 R, 8 BB, 8 XBH (bio)
Derek Rustich INF Cowlitz Black Bears West Coast .233/.297/.232, 20 GP, 60 AB, 10 R, 14 H (bio)
Brody Weiss INF Lacrosse Loggers Northwoods .227/.276/.328, 34 GP, 119 AB, 27 H, 17 R (bio)
Woody Woodward 2B Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Northwoods .275/.388/.304, 25 GP, 69 AB, 19 H, 9 BB, 5 HBP (bio)
Devon Gradford UT Atwater Aviators Golden .284/.420/.414, 32 GP, 116 AB, 33 H, 25 R, 26 BB (bio)
Dalton Kelly OF/1B Corvallis Knights West Coast .329/.446/.604, 46 GP, 155 AB, 37 RBIs, 33 R, 51 H, 7 HR, 19 XBH (bio)
Cameron Newell OF Matsu Miners Alaska Baseball .353/.464/.603, 33 GP, 124 AB, 38 RBI, 41 H, 22 R, 7 HR, 19 BB  (bio)
Scott Quinlan OF Corvallis Knights West Coast .294/.375/.538, 40 GP, 119 AB, 23 SB, 23 R, 21 RBIs  (bio)

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