SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In its second-ever ranking of the top 100 programs in college baseball, D1Baseball tabbed UC Santa Barbara among the top-40 nationwide, placing the Gauchos among the elite in west coast baseball.
The countdown, which concluded on Monday, had UCSB ranked at No. 38 in the nation, No. 2 in the Big West, No. 4 in California, and No. 7 among all west coast programs.
D1's rankings are conducted on a biennial basis and aim to assess the overall health of each program in the current era. UCSB jumped up 18 spots since the inaugural rankings were unveiled in 2015.
Under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Andrew Checketts, the UCSB baseball program has excelled in all areas both on and off the field.
Results-wise, the Gauchos have experienced a golden age of postseason participation and achievement. Since 2013, UCSB has made the NCAA Tournament three times, been selected as a No. 1 seed and hosted a regional for the first time (2015), and captured the attention of the entire country en route to the school's first-ever College World Series berth (2016).
On the recruit-front, Checketts, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Eddie Cornejo, and the rest of the coaching staff have consistently brought in high-quality and high-quantity recruiting classes, resulting in nationally-ranked groups in five of the past six seasons. Three of those classes (2012, 2016, 2017) were ranked among the top-20 nationwide.
The Gauchos have also made, and continue to make, a number of enhancements to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium including a revamped clubhouse, a new backstop with an unobstructed view of the field, improvements to the press box, and new banners and screens commemorating some of the top players and teams to don Gaucho blue-and-gold.
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