Armani Smith and McClain O'Connor celebrate O'Connor scoring. (Shotgun Spratling)

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Coaching Duo Have Helped Transform UCSB Offense

At The Ballpark

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Chris Lincoln’s slider frisbee-danced across the plate. The UC Santa Barbara closer’s final pitch had frozen a mesmerized Mikey Filia for strike three and out No. 27.

It locked up a 3-2 victory, leaving the bases loaded, and completed a weekend sweep for the No. 23 Gauchos (27-5, 5-1) in a top 25 matchup against No. 18 UC Irvine (21-9, 5-4).

Lincoln clinched both of his fists and screamed in exhilaration and exhalation after his eighth save. Teammates streamed onto the field, heads filled with smiles. It was the final act for the Gauchos to celebrate[…]

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