UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

Gauchos' 5-3 victory brings rare early exit for Miami at CWS

As players and coaches celebrated their victory over Miami, a fan behind the UC Santa Barbara dugout held up a sign reading "Why Not UCSB."

With national seeds falling the way they have been at the College World Series, why not, indeed?

The Gauchos knocked No. 3 Miami out of the CWS with a 5-3 victory on Monday, getting strong pitching from Noah Davis and Kyle Nelson and the tiebreaking hit from a pinch hitter, Ryan Cumberland, who had just 21 previous at-bats and was sick to his stomach all day.

So, yes, a Gauchos team making its first appearance in Omaha did revel in its win a bit more than usual for a team that had survived an elimination game.