Pixel Tracker

Saturday, March 23 , 2019, 8:05 pm | Partly Cloudy 61º

Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, The Lab, and American Riviera Bank

Stevie Ledesma Gets Plenty of Support in 11-1 UCSB Win over San Jose St.

The UC Santa Barbara baseball team completed its first sweep of the 2018 season on Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, out-executing visiting San Jose State to the tune of an 11-1 victory.

Stevie Ledesma earns his first win of the season for UCSB.
Stevie Ledesma earns his first win of the season for UCSB.

With the win, the Gauchos improved to 9-11-1 on the season.

UCSB crafted the game's decisive rally in the third, putting up a five-spot against SJSU starter Nick Morales. The Gauchos created the dangerous situation by sandwiching an Andrew Martinez hit-by-pitch with base hits from Michael McAdoo and Tommy Jew, loading the bases with just one out.

Redshirt junior DH Clay Fisher and junior left fielder Sam Cohen on consecutive plays rolled grounders up the middle for two-run singles to make it 4-0. UCSB capped the scoring when SJSU first baseman Shane Timmons mishandled an Eric Yang grounder allowing Cohen to score from second.

The Gauchos put the game out of reach with a three-run sixth, as McAdoo provided the key hit of that rally with an RBI triple to deep left-center off the glove of Brett Bautista. McAdoo would later score on a botched first-and-third defensive play from SJSU and then Jew capped off an impressive multi-hit day with an RBI single into center field.

A week after receiving no run support in a scoreless six-inning start last week, Sunday's output proved to be plenty enough for UCSB senior right-hander Stevie Ledesma, who gave up just one earned on three hits in five innings en route to his first win of 2018.

Ledesma was especially sharp early on, allowing just one hit over the first three innings. He struggled a bit with his command in the top of the fourth after UCSB's long offensive half-inning, as he walked the bases loaded. But he bounced back to escape that inning unscathed before the Spartans parlayed a pair of no-out singles into a run in the fifth.

"Stevie came out and threw strikes, and I thought that first inning where we had a pair of good plays from our outfielders really set the tone for the day," said UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts. "We had some help from them, a lot of free baserunners, but I thought the guys did a good job not chasing and taking what they were given."

Junior right-hander Luke Andrews provided solid shutdown relief after the Gauchos already built up their big lead, scattering four hits over three shutout frames. Freshman left-hander Reece Weinberg tossed a 1-2-3 ninth in his NCAA debut.

Freshman outfielder Blake Mann recorded his first career hit in the eighth, punishing SJSU for walking the bases full by lining a grounder back through the middle for two RBIs as part of a three-run inning.

UCSB travels south to Pepperdine on Tuesday for a 3:00 p.m. midweek tune-up, the team's sole road contest this month. The Gauchos then host Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series starting on Thursday to open Big West Conference play.

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.