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UC Santa Barbara vs. Arizona: Gauchos salvage two-game split with Arizona

UCSB will leave Tucson with a 3-1 weekend.

Bobby Dalbec is starting to figure it out at the plate
Bobby Dalbec is starting to figure it out at the plate
Jason Bartel

Arizona fell to UCSB by a final score of 10-2 thanks to another horrible start from Tyler Crawford, and some really good pitching from Gaucho right-hander Robby Nesovic.

Crawford lasted just 1/3 of an inning before being replaced by Tyger Talley.  Crawford gave up two hits, hit two guys, and walked two batters en route to allowing five runs on the day.

On the other hand, Nesovic, who was making his first pitching appearance of the season, threw six shutout innings of five-hit ball.

Talley did a decent job for the Wildcats, eating up five innings while never really having any control of his pitches, an issue he's had all season.  He finished the day 73 pitches, just 37 of them going for strikes.

The one glimmer of hope in the Arizona lineup was Bobby Dalbec.  The freshman started the game with two hits, one to each side of the infield.  It looks like he's starting to figure out this whole hitting at the college level thing.

The highlight of the game was when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Will Parks showed up.  RHJ even gave the home plate umpire a little piece of his mind in the second inning after a questionable strike call.  Pretty hilarious stuff.

Tyler Kuresa had quite the day for UCSB.  He hit a grand slam in the first inning over the right field wall, and then cleared the RF fence again in the 8th for a two-run bomb.  Six RBI for Kuresa, who is a transfer from Oregon.

Arizona finishes the Hi Corbett Classic later Sunday night against Mississippi State.  I would say that there is a chance Crawford starts that game as well, given he only threw 28 pitches against the Gauchos.  A win would be huge for the Wildcats since they currently sit at 2-1 for the weekend.