UC Santa Barbara baseball dominant in win over University of Hawaii | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sports Breaking | Top News

UC Santa Barbara baseball dominant in win over University of Hawaii

  • JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii outfielder Scotty Scott dives to make a catch but comes up short on a fly ball hit by UC Santa Barbara catcher Eric Yang during the first inning,

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.

Comments (7)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up