The Oklahoma State Cowboys’ Thomas Hatch has been one of the most dominant pitchers in all of college baseball recently. Producing 17 consecutive scoreless innings before entering the College World Series, any opposing team would need to find a way to break the trend. On Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos hoped to solve the riddle in a low scoring game. Unable to find an answer, OSU moved in to the winner’s bracket behind a 1-0 decision.
Although the Gauchos connected on five hits, Hatch extended his streak to 26 scoreless innings. Refusing to give up free bases, the starter walked a single batter, striking out seven others while only throwing 112 pitches on the night. The effort marks the third shutout and fourth complete game for the pitcher on the year. Hatch moved his record to 9-2 after being drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
On the other side of the equations, UCSB’s Shane Bieber matched the opposition pitch for pitch. Allowing six hits through eight innings of work, Bieber ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth.
Giving up three consecutive hits during the inning — a single to left from Corey Hassel, a single to right from Donnie Walton, and an RBI single from Garrett Benge — proved to be the downfall of the Gauchos.
Regrouping, the UCSB Gauchos are set to face the Miami Hurricanes in an elimination game on Monday, June 20th. Following the action, Oklahoma State and the Arizona Wildcats square off in a battle of the unbeatens.