2016 College World Series

OK State Makes CWS History With 2nd 1-0 Win Over Arizona

OMAHA, Neb. – Oklahoma State did something no College World Series team has ever done by posting its second 1-0 shutout, this time against Arizona to advance in the Winner’s Bracket.

Right-hander Tyler Buffett held the Wildcats in check all night, scattering three hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked two. Trey Cobb relieved Buffett in the ninth inning, and allowed no hits to earn the save.

One of those three hits was by Kyle Lewis (Sierra College), who was immediately caught stealing on a failed hit and run attempt.

In the fourth inning, Donnie Walton led off with a double against Arizona starter Bobby Dalbec. Walton came home on Garrett Benge’s RBI single. Benge also delivered the winning blow on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.

Dalbec threw eight innings, striking out 12. He allowed just five hits and one walk in taking the tough-luck loss.

Cowboys' center fielder Ryan Sluder made the play of the game in the first inning when Cody Ramer struck a shot to deep right center field that would have fallen for an easy double if not for the amazing lay-out by Sluder who landed on the warning track.

With their second consecutive 1-0 win, the Cowboys made CWS history in doing what no team had done before. If Oklahoma State wins their next game, they will advance to the Championship series.

Gauchos Win Elimination Game 5-3, Oust Miami From CWS 

OMAHA, Neb -- In the first elimination game of the 2016 College World Series UC Santa Barbara beat No.3 Miami 5-3 and sent the Hurricanes home packing. 

After a 62-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Ryan Cumberland knocked in two runs as UC Santa Barbara took a 3-1 lead. The Gauchos scored twice more in typical West Coast fashion on consecutive safety squeeze bunts to expand their cushion to 5-1. 

Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Zack Collins solo home run to right field off right hander Noah Davis. The Gauchos tied the game that inning on a J.J. Muno’s RBI single. Davis (7-4), who earned the victory, limited the Hurricanes to one more hit over the next five innings. 

Left hander Kyle Nelson relieved Davis to start the seventh inning. He allowed Miami two runs in the eighth inning. Coach Andrew Checketts sent Nelson to start the ninth inning, and after Jacob Hayward reached first on an infield single, Nelson induced a perfect come-backer to start a double play to end the game and notch his 10th save of the season. 

With the victory, UC Santa Barbara secures its first-ever win at the College World Series. After a 1-0 loss on Saturday to Oklahoma State, the Gauchos are 1-1 and will face the loser of the Oklahoma State-Arizona matchup scheduled for later tonight. 

Miami, went 0-2 for the just the second time in its 25 appearances at the CWS.

Also with the victory today, the Gaucho--the third-rated team from the Big West--knocked the two top seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Louisville and Miami out of the NCAA tournament. Arizona, the Pac-12's lone representative, beat Miami in their first CWS game on Saturday.


2016 Super Regionals

LOUISVILLE, KY – With his team down 3-0 freshman Sam Cohen hit a pinch-hit ninth inning grand slam to propel UC Santa Barbara to its first-ever College World Series with a 4-3 walk-off win over Louisville.

In the second game of the Super Regional match up Santa Barbara was the home team.

The Gauchos, held scoreless for seven innings by lefty Drew Harrington, sent up the left-handed pinch hitter with the bases loaded with one out and the score 3-0 against Cardinals' All-American closer Zack Burdi.

The inning started when Burdi struck out Austin Bush (the Gauchos slugger went 0-for-4 today). He then gave up a single to JJ Muno and allowed two walks to load the bases for the backup catcher. Cohen blasted a 1-2 pitch down the right field line for the walk-off win to take down the N0. 2 Cardinals in two games. It was just Cohen’s second round-tripper and 11th run batted in for the season.

Louisville starter  Harrington was masterful through seven innings, fanning 12 Gauchos and allowing just six hits and one walk. Burdi, who was drafted in the first round on Thursday by the White Sox, took the loss.

UC Santa Barbara has yet to lose in the five games it has played at the Nashville Regional (3-0) and here in Louisville (2-0). 

Last year, Gauchos’ Big west rival Cal State Fullerton defeated the Cardinals in the Louisville Super Regional, who had been to the CWS three times in the past five years. 

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2016 Super Regionals

UC Santa Barbara Takes Game One 4-2 In Louisville Super Regional 

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Right-hander Shane Bieber shut down host No. 2 Louisville to lead UC Santa Barbara (41-18-1) past the Cardinals 4-2 this afternoon. 

The Gauchos remain undefeated in playoff action, notching their fourth straight win after placing third in the Big West this season. 

Bieber (12-3) tossed seven innings, limiting Louisville to eight hits and two earned runs. He fanned seven and walked one to earn his 12th victory of the season. 


Shane Bieber earned his 12th win in Santa Barbara's 4-2 victory.
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In the fourth inning slugger Austin Bush clubbed a solo shot, his fourth of the playoffs, to give his team a 2-1 lead. Kyle Plantier later doubled to drive in the Gauchos third run. 

Louisville (50-13) opened the scoring in the third inning with a solo shot by Blake Tiberi to take a 1-0 lead. 

After that Bieber was brilliant, holding the Cardinals in check until the sixth when Tiberi drove in Louisville’s second run. UC Santa Barbara reliever Kyle Nelson threw two shutout innings to preserve the victory for the Gaucho’s, who need one more win to advance to the College World Series. 

Louisville ace Brendan McKay (12-4) allowed nine hits and all four of Gauchos runs for the loss. The sophomore left-hander struck out nine and walked none. Louisville was 36-1 at home coming in today’s game. 

Bieber yesterday was taken by Cleveland in the fourth round of the MLB Draft. 

The Gauchos swept the Nashville Regional last weekend with three consecutive wins to earn a place in today's Louisville Super Regional.

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