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NCAA baseball tournament 2016: UC Santa Barbara clinches first Super Regional appearance

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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos have made school history as they have won their region in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever and will make an appearance in the Super Regional. They locked down the Nashville Regional with a dominant win over the Xavier Musketeers.

The Gauchos used a nine-run fourth inning to rout the Musketeers and complete the sweep of the regional that saw them avoid playing host team Vanderbilt, who surprisingly made an early exit by going 0-2. This is the team’s second NCAA tournament appearance under head coach Andrew Checketts.

In the fourth inning, the Gauchos used two three-run home runs by first baseman Austin Bush and shortstop Clay Fisher to open up their big inning. This inning was the deciding factor in the game as they moved on to a 14-5 victory over Xavier.

UC Santa Barbara now moves on to face off against the No. 2 national seed Louisville in the Super Regional. The series begins on Friday, June 10 in Louisville.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports

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