UC Santa Barbara baseball was picked to win its second straight Big West championship and make a fourth straight NCAA Regional appearance in D1Baseball’s recent Big West season preview.

Gaucho pitchers Mike Gutierrez and Tyler Bremner also received preseason awards — Pitcher of the Year for Gutierrez and Freshman of the Year for Bremner.

The Gauchos posted a record of 44-14 overall and 27-3 in the Big West en route to the title and an NCAA Regional appearance last season.

The lefty Gutierrez started eight of those wins for UCSB and was an All-Big West Second Team selection with a 3.03 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 80.1 innings. He was also named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball News ahead of the 2023 season.

Bremner, a righty from San Diego, comes into his first collegiate campaign after posting a sub-1.00 ERA in his senior season at Scripps Ranch High School.

UCSB’s 2023 season begins at the Sanderson Ford Classic in Surprise, Ariz., Feb. 17-20.