SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Nelson has picked up his second preseason accolade of the year, earning a spot on the Perfect Game All-America Second Team.
The Gauchos' top reliever was named a Collegiate Baseball All-American earlier this offseason alongside teammate Clay Fisher.
As the team's closer this past season, Nelson went 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 10 saves, becoming just the fourth Gaucho ever to reach double digits in saves in a single season. The 6-1 southpaw burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2015, notching a 0.75 ERA in a team-high 25 outings.
UCSB has had two of the best seasons in program history thanks in part to his exploits on the mound, reaching the College World Series in 2016 for the first time ever and earning a No. 1 seed and host appointment in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, a program first.
Over his first two seasons, he logged 49 straight innings without allowing an earned run, a streak which stands as the school record and was the longest active streak in the NCAA before it was snapped on Mar. 18, 2016 against UConn.
UCSB will look to capitalize on its run to Omaha as the new season begins with a three-game set against Loyola Marymount at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium starting on Feb. 17. Season tickets for UCSB baseball are now available and can be purchased by calling 805-893-UCSB or clicking here.
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