UC Santa Barbara rode a quality start by Shane Bieber and several early rallies to beat Kentucky 11-4 in the opening game of the Tony Gwynn Classic. Kentucky is now 2-2 and have lost both of Zack Brown’s starts. Here are some notes from the blowout loss.
Zack Brown struggled in his second start- After not making it through four innings in his opening start last Friday, Brown only went 4.1 innings against UCSB. The junior allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks. Aaron Fitt of D1 Baseball was on hand and noted that Brown was struggling with his command. In seven innings, Brown has allowed a total of ten runs on 14 hits.
Evan White found his stroke- After hitting .200 in the opening series, White went 3/5 with a double and an RBI against UCSB. White’s RBI double was Kentucky’s only extra base hit of the night.
Kentucky struck out 12 times- Bieber struck out five in 6.1 innings to earn the win for UCSB. Kyle Nelson added six more strikeouts in only 2.1 innings for the Gauchos. Tristan Pompey wore the sombrero with four strikeouts in five at bats. The freshman was off-balance all night after earning Co-SEC Freshman of the Week last week.
UCSB jumped out to a 10-0 lead- Kentucky’s bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding after Brown exited. The Gauchos led 10-0 in the 7th before Zach Reks, JaVon Shelby, and Riley Mahan drove in a run a piece in the bottom of the 7th.
The Cats will take on the winner of San Diego State and Bryant tomorrow.