No. 6 UCSB Breaks Program Record with 13-Game Win Streak

No. 6 UCSB Breaks Program Record with 13-Game Win Streak

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- For the first time in history, the UC Santa Barbara Baseball team extended its program-record win streak to 13 games following a 4-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield.

Jorge Arellano Jr. pitched 6 innings, allowing no earned runs and just two hits with four strikeouts and three walks to secure his third win of the year. The freshman's ERA dipped down to 0.47 after his scoreless outing in Bakersfield.

On top of breaking the consecutive wins record which was set in 1984, UCSB is off to its best start in program history after improving to 31-5 following the Gauchos' eleventh road win this season while the Roadrunners moved to 17-25 in the first of two meetings between these two teams.

The Gauchos struck early in the second when the middle of the lineup loaded the bases and Kyle Johnson flied out to right field to score Armani Smith on a sac fly as UCSB took the 1-0 lead.

With 34 on the year, sac flies have been the Gauchos' bread and butter this season. Santa Barbara has more than twice the next highest amount of sac flies by a team in the Big West which is 14 from Cal Poly.

As Arellano cruised on the rubber, the Gauchos tacked on two more in the fifth when Tommy Jew and Tevin Mitchell capitalized on a throwing error by Roadrunner third baseman Tyler Jorgensen. Jew made a split-second decision and took off for the plate the instant Jorgensen released to first giving UCSB the three-run advantage.

Jew led the Gaucho bats with a 3-for-4 night, a walk, and two runs scored while both he and Mitchell recorded the only two extra-base hits of the day. Jew also swiped a base to tie Mitchell for the conference crown with 16 stolen bases on the year.

In the seventh, Jew came around the bases once again when he scored on a double-play ball which put Santa Barbara on top 4-0.

To close things out, Chris Lincoln notched his tenth save of the season which tops the Big West rankings as the junior struck out the pair of batters he faced.

The sole Roadrunner run was unearned and came in the bottom of the seventh when Jorgensen crossed the plate with a ground out to second base.

Mitchell went 2-for-5 with a double during the win while Thomas Rowan, McClain O'Connor, and Armani Smith each recorded a hit as well.

The Roadrunners' Noah Cordova was accredited with the loss to fall to 0-4 in his third start of the year.

UC Santa Barbara Baseball returns to Big West play with a series against UC Riverside at the Riverside Sports Complex in Riverside, Calif. With first pitch scheduled for Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m.