UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It didn't take long Sunday for UC Santa Barbara baseball to jump ahead of visiting Long Beach State.
The red-hot Gauchos scored six runs in the first inning, beating the 49ers 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep.
UCSB (40-7, 15-3 Big West) continues to boast the best winning percentage in the nation. Sunday's win pushed their current winning streak to nine games.
Eric Yang, Thomas Rowan and Andrew Martinez had run-scoring singles to open the scoring in the first. Tommy Jew followed with a sacrifice fly, and Marcos Castanon capped the big inning with a two-run homer.
Freshman Rodney Boone (7-0) struck out eight in five innings and picked up the win. His only blemish was a three run homer allowed to Long Beach State's Aidan Malm.
Zak Baayoun (3-8) took the loss for the 49ers. Long Beach State (11-38, 5-13) remains in the Big West cellar.
The first place Gauchos will host Pepperdine Tuesday in their final non-conference game of the regular season.