Dillon Tate Pitches No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to Series Clincher
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- All-America flamethrower Dillon Tate fired seven shutout innings, striking out nine, leading No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to a 11-0 win over Kentucky to clinch the three-game series, on an overcast Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Kentucky (2-3) fell behind after a three-run inning in the third, with UCSB also plating a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, charting a four-run inning in the bottom of the seventh and a two-run inning in the eighth.
The Wildcats were led at the plate by a three-double game from junior centerfielder Kyle Barrett. JaVon Shelby added a double and a triple and Evan White had a single in the ninth.
UK starter Zack Brown (0-1) pitched 4.2 innings in his first start of the year, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, walking three and striking out a career-high six. Sophomore Robert Zeigler took with two outs and two on in the fifth, getting out of the jam. Zeigler worked 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs. Freshman Zach Pop made his collegiate debut in the seventh inning and Taylor Martin also pitched in the eighth inning.
Tate (2-0) fired seven strong innings, allowing four hits – all for extra bases – walking two and striking out nine. UC Santa Barbara (6-0) then used Kyle Nelson, Connor Baits and Chris Clements in relief.
The series will resume on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the game live on WLAP 630-AM and online at UKathletics.com.
UCSB opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, as Cameron Newell and Robby Nesovic singled with one out and Dalton Kelly doubled down the leftfield line, scoring the duo. Kelly then stole third base and on the collision with third baseman Thomas Bernal, the ball bounced off Kelly and into the UCSB dugout, allowing Kelly to score the third run of the game.
The Gauchos added to their lead in the fifth inning, as Newll drew a walk and Nesovic singled. Peter Maris then singled home Newell for a 4-0 lead.
UCSB plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for an 8-0 lead and plated three runs in the eighth for a 11-0 advantage.
GAME NOTES: Sophomore Zack Brown made his first start of the year and the sixth of his career … Sophomore second baseman JaVon Shelby made his team-leading 55th consecutive start … Junior centerfielder Kyle Barrett doubled for the first time in 2015 and the 11th time in his career … Sophomore rightfielder Storm Wilson laid down his sixth sacrifice bunt of his career … Shelby ripped his first double of the year and the seventh of his career … Senior third baseman Thomas Bernal was his by his first pitch of the year and the 27th of his career … Bernal tied Taylor Black and Collin Cowgill for eighth in UK history with 27 HBPs … Barrett charted his first career multi-double game … Sophomore righty Robert Zeigler made his second appearance of the year … Brown struck out a career high six … Shelby charted his third career triple and is the first player in Dillon Tate’s career to triple off the junior … Freshman righty Zach Pop made his collegiate debut … Junior Taylor Martin made his season debut.