It doesn’t seem fair to call it a rivalry anymore. The UCSB baseball team has taken 10 straight and holds a 79-23 series advantage over Westmont. The cross-town “rivals” meet again today at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Gauchos (4-2) scored 38 runs in their two wins over the Warriors last season and are coming off of a 2-1 series win over San Jose last weekend.
Junior center fielder Matt Emerick leads the UCSB starters batting .385 after going five for 10, with two runs and four walks against the Spartans. With nine runs batted apiece, senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson and junior first baseman Bill Rowe lead the Gaucho sluggers.
“This Westmont team is better than the one they had last year,” Head Coach Bob Brontsema said. “We’ll definitely have to go out and play well against them because if we don’t they have a chance to beat us.”
The Warriors (1-7) will try to break a seven-game losing streak and attempt to win against UCSB for the first time since 1998. Despite the dismal start, a few bright spots for Westmont include freshman third baseman Erik Gaustad and junior catcher Dominick Paluso. Gaustad is batting .391 on the season and Paluso has driven in a team-leading seven runs.
Sophomore right-hander Brian Tracy will get the start for UCSB on Tuesday. Tracy has made two appearances in relief for the Gauchos, giving up one run on three hits in 3.1 innings.