A pair of freshmen got the UCSB baseball team back in the winning column on Tuesday night.
Outfielder Michael Marsh blasted a three-run homer and right-hander James Callahan made it stand up on the mound as the Gauchos knocked off Loyola Marymount, 7-2.
Callahan improved to 2-0 on the season behind four strikeouts and one earned run. The freshman was super efficient in his outing throwing just 79 pitches over six innings.
Josh Candau, Carter Benbrook and Conner Dand each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, with each posting one strikeout.
Offensively, the Gauchos did their damage early, scoring at least one run from the second through the fifth innings.
Marsh was the standout, picking up two hits and five RBIs as UCSB moved to 6-2 on the season.
Sophomore Christian Kirtley also had a home run for UCSB, while seven different Gauchos had at least one hit.
UCSB will return to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. showdown with the University of Illinois-Chicago, with Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. and a rare Sunday morning clash at 11 a.m.