SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara baseball team landed two student-athletes on Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Division I All-American teams, announced by the publication on Thursday.
Sophomore LHP Jack Dashwood accompanies his All-Big West First Team selection with a spot on the Collegiate Baseball Second Team thanks to his 9-2 record with a 2.17 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched, with a batting average against of .219. Dashwood was twice named Big West Pitcher of the Week this season, first after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and striking out 10 in a 2-1 win at USC on February 27, and the second time after he tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout in a win over UC Davis on April 19.
On March 16 against Cal Baptist, the lefty scattered six hits and struck out eight in 6.1 innings of one-run ball. A week later, he tied his career-high in strikeouts with 10 in UCSB's win against Missouri State. On April 13, Dashwood went eight strong, striking out seven and allowing just one run on four hits in a massive win over then-No. 15 UC Irvine. He struck out eight in each of his quality starts at CSUN and Hawai'i.
Junior catcher and Big West Field Player of the Year Eric Yang was named to the Collegiate Baseball Third Team after leading the team with a .383/.492/.567 slash line and recording 25 multi-hit games. The West Hills, Calif.-native played in all 54 games this year, starting 44 behind the dish and playing in 10 as the designated hitter. Yang finished fourth on the team with 45 RBIs and fifth on the team with seven home runs in the regular season, and he takes a 12-game reached base streak into the postseason.
Defensively, Yang was exceptional. He threw out 10 runners trying to steal in 29 attempts for a 34.5 caught stealing percentage, playing to the tune of a .995 fielding percentage.
Yang's work at and behind the plate has earned him a spot as one of 14 semifinalists for the Buster Posey National Catcher of the Year Award. He was named Big West Athlete of the Week on April 1 after leading UCSB to a series win at Cal State Fullerton after hitting .500 in 14 at bats against the Titans, along with a home run and six RBIs.
Dashwood and Yang are the first UCSB student-athletes to be named to Collegiate Baseball All-American teams since 2015 when RHP Dillon Tate made the Second Team.
UCSB opens postseason play at the Stanford regional as the No. 2 seed when they face No. 3 Fresno State on Friday at 7 PM. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and an audio-only broadcast with UCSB Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Kevin Cannon will be available on UCSBGauchos.com.