Checketts, Pettibone, McLaughlin, and Licht to Appear on Tonight's Talk'n Gauchos

Head coach Andrew Checketts and starting pitcher Austin Pettibone from the UCSB baseball team will be joined by head coach Rick McLaughlin and senior opposite Evan Licht of the men's volleyball team as the featured guests on this week's Talk'n Gauchos radio show, which will air live on AM 1290 KZSB from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday night.  

As always, the show will broadcast live from the Beachside Bar Café on beautiful Goleta Beach and will be hosted by The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall.

An online audio simulcast of the program can be found on UCSB's listen live page.

Checketts has this year's team off to the second-best start in program history at 19-5. Currently ranked No. 13 in the nation, the Gauchos are a week removed from their first top-10 ranking since 1986. Baseball travels to Big West rival and fifth-ranked Cal Poly for a pivotal conference series this weekend starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday night.

In two starts since returning from a shoulder injury, junior right-hander Austin Pettibone is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in eight innings pitched. This weekend, Pettibone will return to his role of Friday starter as he faces off against Cal Poly ace Matt Imhof.

Despite going 1-1 last week, McLaughlin and the men's volleyball team are sitting pretty in the MPSF with a 13-7 record that has them in third place. With their magic number at three matches, the Gauchos can clinch a playoff spot this week, giving them consecutive postseason appearances for the first time since 2006-07. UCSB travels to Long Beach State on Thursday and Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The Gauchos beat the 49ers and Matadors at home earlier this season, and the LBSU match could be particulary important in tiebreaker scenarios in the crowded MPSF.

In his senior season, Licht is wrapping up a solid career in spectacular fashion, as he currently ranks fourth in the conference with 32 aces. In his career, he ranks fourth in program history with 82 career aces. He has been a consistent attacker on the right side for setter Jonah Seif, as he leads the team in kills (249) and kills per set (3.04).

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