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Santa Barbara Downs UC Irvine, Leads Big West

At The Ballpark

SANTA BARBARA, Calif — When I saw UC Santa Barbara play at Cal State Fullerton a few weeks ago, I made the comment in my write-up that the Gauchos “weren’t a heavy-hitting team.” Well Gaucho assistant coach Donegal Fargus didn’t quite cotton to that assessment. He sent me a message that his batting order led the Big West in most of the offensive statistical categories.

Well if that wasn’t enough to reinforce the point, today the Gauchos had nine hits off UC Irvine, six of which were for extra bases as the Gauchos put down the Anteaters 4-1. Thomas Rowan paced the offense with a pair of solo shot home runs over the left field fence and Tommy Jew hit his fifth triple of the season and Armani Smith hit his sixth triple.

Third base coach Matt Fonteno helps Thomas Rowan round the bases after his second home run of the day.

So what was UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts’ reaction to my calling their offense not a heavy-hitting team? “Well thanks for the motivation. I’m sure it’s posted somewhere in the clubhouse.”

Well played coach.

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