UC Santa Barbara's Marcos Castanon (Aaron Fitt)

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UCSB Responds Well To Unexpected Speedbump

At The Ballpark

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Over the season’s first 10 weeks, UC Santa Barbara experienced remarkably little adversity. The Gauchos did not lose back-to-back games during their 30-5 start to the season, and they won each of their first 10 weekends.

And then UCSB stumbled when it was least expected. On the road against a 13-25 UC Riverside club this weekend, UCSB was soundly beaten Friday (9-4) and Saturday (7-2), absorbing its first series loss, and dealing its regional hosting hopes a setback. So Gauchos coach Andrew Checketts was eager to see how his club would respond Sunday — and the answer he got was very encouraging. The Gauchos salvaged the series finale with an emphatic 15-4 blowout win over the Highlanders, riding a 20-hit onslaught to victory.

“We bounced back,” Checketts said. “The second game when they were on top of us a little bit and landing blows, we didn’t handle it very well. …


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