Jack Dashwood gave up two hits over seven innings as the sixth-ranked UC Santa Barbara baseball team overpowered Hawaii 11-1 tonight at Les Murakami Stadium.
A crowd of 2,261 saw the Gauchos win their 12th in a row to improve to 43-7 overall and a Big West-best 17-3. The Rainbow Warriors fell to 20-26 and 8-12.
The Gauchos amassed 18 hits — the most against UH pitchers this season — led by catcher Eric Yang’s four. The first five Gauchos in the order went a combined 13-for-23.
That was more than enough support for the left-hander Dashwood, who struck out eight to boost his record to 9-1. Dashwood threw strikes on 71.2 percent of his 79 pitches.
“I felt great out there,” Dashwood said. “Yang, our catcher, gave good signs. I tried to execute one pitch at a time. With our defense behind me, it made it a lot easier.”
For the second consecutive night in this three-game series, the Gauchos starting pitcher did not issue a walk. Dashwood, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound sophomore, also did not have a three-ball count in facing 23 batters. He said he relied on a slider and a 92 mph fastball.
“Those are usually my go-to (pitches),” Dashwood said. “Once I get them going, I try to keep that rhythm.”
Dashwood was perfect through the first four innings, an accomplishment he could not ignore.
“I hate to admit it, but I realized what was going on,” Dashwood said. “I tried to zone that out and keep doing what I do.”
But in the UH fifth, Ethan Lopez smacked a 1-2 fastball — Dashwood’s 48th pitch of the game — over the wall in center field. It was Lopez’s fifth homer of the season. But that only closed the ’Bows to 8-1. The Gauchos had seized control from the game’s second at-bat.