Gauchos Head to New Orleans for Three-Game Trip at Tulane

Photo by Tony Mastres
Photo by Tony Mastres

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The Schedule
Friday, Mar. 8 at 4:30 p.m. PST at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 12:00 p.m. PST at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
Sunday, Mar. 10 at 11:00 a.m. PDT at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
UCSB Gauchos vs. Tulane Green Waves
All-time record vs. the Green Waves: 3-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 26, 2017 - UCSB def. Tulane, 6-5

Gauchos on the Air
This weekend you can catch UCSB Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, Kevin Cannon, broadcasting an audio only feed on UCSBGauchos.com. Cannon can be heard all season long on home and away broadcasts, while home games are available to stream through BigWest.TV. This weekend's road series at Tulane will be available to stream for a fee and will have live stats available. 

UCSB Sweeps Pepperdine in Rain-Shortened Series
For the second time this season, the UCSB baseball team had a three-game series cut to two due to rain. The Gauchos were able to get in Friday afternoon's contest against Pepperdine at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, riding past the Waves 3-2 before making up Saturday's game on Monday in Malibu, and defeating Pepperdine 5-3. On Friday, Pepperdine took an early 1-0 lead and led until the sixth inning when Eric Yang hit a two-run shot for the first home run of his career. The Waves came back to tie the game in the seventh, but a go-ahead sac fly in the eighth off the bat of Christian Kirtley sealed the win. Ben Brecht got the start and went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts while Michael McGreevy picked up the win in relief. McGreevy also came on in relief in Monday's game to get another win while Chris Lincoln earned a save in both games. On Monday, Tommy Jew and Andrew Martinez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning for much needed insurance runs to secure the 5-3 win. 

Dashwood Named Big West Pitcher of the Week
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Jack Dashwood earned his first career Big West Pitcher of the Week honor after a phenomenal performance last Tuesday at USC. The San Diego, Calif. native took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 10 batters while earning the win in a 2-1 victory over the Trojans. Dashwood finished 7.0 innings of work, ultimately allowing just one run on two hits, and his 10 strikeouts were the most for a Gaucho pitcher since Noah Davis struck out 10 against Tulane in 2017. He was masterful on the mound, striking out at least one batter in six of his seven innings, and struck out at least two batters in four of those innings. 

Did Jew Know?
Junior centerfielder Tommy Jew is tied for tops in the nation with three triples. Jew has already matched his 2018 total through 10 games and the Gauchos as a team are ranked second in the nation in the category. Nine of Jew's 12 hits this season have gone for extra bases, with four homeruns, three triples and a pair of doubles. 

Offensive Firepower
UCSB is 8-0 this season when they hit a home run in a game. That's right. All eight of the Gauchos' wins this season have featured at least one home run. Eight different Gauchos have hit one through 10 games, and UCSB has a total of 13 homers to rank 24th in the nation. Jew leads the team with four while Andrew Martinez and Armani Smith each have hit two. 

Series Openers
The Gauchos are 4-0 in series openers in 2019, scoring an average of 8.25 runs per game. UCSB will look to keep its opener streak alive this Friday at Tulane with junior southpaw Ben Brecht on the mound. Brecht has started three of the four series openers and will start his fourth on Friday. 

Tumble with Tulane
UCSB is 3-0 all-time against the Green Waves, having swept Tulane at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in 2017. This season, Tulane is off to a 10-3 start with wins against George Washington, Lamar, Ole Miss, Nicholls, St. Joseph's, Dartmouth and Texas Southern. Kody Hoese leads Tulane on offense with a .404 batting average, six home runs and 16 RBIs. Trevor Jensen his hitting .386 with 10 RBIs and as a team the Green Waves are hitting .332 with 18 home runs. Friday's starter Kaleb Roper (1-1, 2.89 ERA) leads the pitching staff and has 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched. 

Lights Out Lincoln
Junior righty Chris Lincoln ranks third in the nation and first in the Big West with four saves already this season. A starter in 2018, Lincoln has been strong since his move to the bullpen. Despite giving up two runs in Monday's game at Pepperdine, Lincoln still boasts a 2.53 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched. In addition to his four saves in four opportunities, Lincoln has a win after striking out four in three solid innings against Hartford. 

Statistical Rankings
In addition to ranking second in the nation in triples (7) and 24th in the nation in home runs (13), the glove work has been noteworthy, ranking fifth in the nation in fielding percentage (0.988). UCSB is also Top-10 in strikeout-to-walk ratio, ranking seventh with a mark of 4.00, while ranking 14th in the nation with just 2.66 walks allowed per nine innings. 

Big West Preseason Poll
In the annual Big West Preseason Coaches Poll, UC Santa Barbara was tabbed to finish fifth in 2019. Defending conference champions Call State Fullerton were selected to repeat with three first-place votes and 70 points while UC Irvine was second with four first-place votes and 67 points. Long Beach State (62 points) and Cal Poly (60 points), were ranked third and fourth, respectively, and each garnered one first-place vote apiece. After UCSB (49 points), Hawai'i (32), CSUN (29), UC Davis (19) and UC Riverside (17) round out the poll.