Santa Barbara Athletics News
May 26, 2018
SANTA BARBARA. Calif. – It was a sunny, windy Saturday filled with much promise for the UC Santa Barbara baseball team. With a win in its series finale against Hawai’i, the Gauchos (27-28-1, 10-14 Big West) would finish the 2018 campaign one game above .500. Along with that, it would finish with a sweep of its islander rivals and be tied for sixth place with the Rainbow Warriors in the standings.
Unfortunately, bullpen issues, something that has hurt Santa Barbara all year, came back to bite them once more as it dropped its final game of the season against Hawai’i (27-24, 11-13 Big West), 10-6. Still, the Gauchos have much to be proud of this season as they improved upon its mark last year and even finished one place better in the standings than it did last year.
Most importantly, many of UCSB’s young studs came to play today, setting the stage for a much more successful 2019 season, leaving fans and coaches equally excited for the next game at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Chris Clements, a redshirt junior, got the start today in what would be the final game for him as a Gaucho. He got himself in trouble in the first inning allowing one run and two hits. With one out and runners on first and second, Clements got Hawaii’s No. 5 hitter to line out to shortstop Clay Fisher who then turned two by flipping it to second baseman Andrew Martinez at second effectively ending the top half of the inning.
UCSB then got off to a hot start of its own scoring three in the bottom half of the frame beginning with a lead-off home run by Martinez. It was the freshman’s seventh homer of the season, the best mark on the team.
Martinez is one of many great young Gauchos that leaves much to be desired as he …