Big West Baseball: UC Santa Barbara Proves Worthy at Hi Corbett Classic

UC Santa Barbara

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TUCSON, Ariz — The inaugural Hi Corbett Classic was scheduled to feature two College World Series finalists of the past two years. The 2013 runner-up Mississippi State Bulldogs and 2012 champion Arizona Wildcats were the big draws with the University of California Santa Barbara filling out the tournament.

Through five of six games, it is the Gauchos (10-2) who are making the big news over the weekend, not the No. 17 Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-7). UCSB finished the tournament 3-1 with back-to-back victories over MSU, winning 8-3 on Friday night and 7-6 on Saturday night. The Gauchos would lose the back half of the doubleheader against host Arizona (8-8) on Saturday night, 10-5 but rebounded in a big way on Sunday afternoon with a 10-2 victory over Arizona.

UCSB first baseman, Tyler Kuresa fueled the hitting onslaught Sunday with 2-4 hitting including two home runs and six RBI. Kuresa jacked a grand slam over the right field fence in his first at-bat and liked the spot so much, he sent another ball to the same spot seven innings later. Kuresa would finish the four-game series hitting 6-of-19 with nine RBI.

Right fielder Scott Quinlan started three games and notched 6-of-11 batting with a triple and three RBI. Team-leading senior third baseman, Joey Epperson finished with an impressive 8-of-14 with three runs scored.

UCSB pitchers fanned 25 batters with Justin Jacome earning his second win on the season while Cameron Cuneo and Robby Nesovic claimed their first win.

The finale of the Hi Corbett Classic will be played at 8 p.m. ET between the Arizona Wildcats and Mississippi State Bulldogs and will be featured on live stream courtesy of the Pac-12 Networks.

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David A. Bowers
David is a featured columnist for Arizona State athletics as well as PAC-12. He is an accomplished writer with numerous articles published by local and national publications and websites. He has worked in college athletics for many years from Arizona to Delaware. He is a founding member of the Arizona State Young Alumni – Tucson Chapter and a lifetime member of ASU Alumni Association. He resides in Tucson with his beautiful wife who shares his love of beer and their two gorgeous golden retrievers.