May 26, 2011

Gauchos Host Pacific in Final Series of the Season

• The Schedule 
Friday May 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday May 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pacific
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Tigers - 67-32
Last series win - 2010 (5/28 - 5/30 @ Pacific; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2009 (4/3 - 4/5 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Tigers - W, 8-5 @ UOP (5/30/10)
Streak - Won 3
All 3 games broadcast live on AM 1290 and online at UCSBgauchos.com Live stats available via Gametracker

 
 

• Listen Up!
All UCSB baseball games will be broadcast live online - click here for the schedule! Beginning on Friday, all Big West games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara. The remainder of UCSB baseball games - including midweek contests - will continue to stream live online. Our broadcast page will have all gameday information.

 
 

• Get Your Seats
UCSB hosts its final home series of the season when it faces Pacific on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and the 2011 season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here.

 
 

Projected Starters

Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start
Fri RHP Greg Davis 5-5, 3.40 ERA (5/20) 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (W)
Sat RHP Matt Vedo 5-6, 4.83 ERA (5/21) 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (W)
Sun LHP Nick Capito 4-3, 3.17 ERA (5/22) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (ND)
 
 

• Senior Salute
On Sunday, UCSB will see 14 seniors play their final games in the blue and yellow. Come say goodbye to Nick Capito, Dan Camou, Greg Davis, Ben EdelsteinDerek EligioBrett FickMark HaddowNick LoredoJesse MeauxConnor WhalenBeck WheelerTrevor Whyte and Sean Williams.

• Did You Know?
The Gauchos have shut out their opponents in three of the last four games, marking the first time that's happened since 1992 when UCSB blanked Westmont and Cal State Los Angeles in three straight games. The last time the Gauchos actually pitched shutouts versus three Division 1 teams in a row came all the way back in 1983.

• The Brontsema File
The 2011 season is the 30th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement in the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 18th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 880 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history.

Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Mar. 28, 2010 - is third in overall career winning percentage and third in career conference winning percentage. He also holds the record for most Division I wins in school history. His 18 years as Gaucho head coach tie him for the longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, with Dave Gorrie (1960-77).

The dean of Big West coaches, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and first in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema. The Big West Conference is consistently ranked as one of the toughest baseball conferences in the country.

Brontsema has managed seven former Gauchos who are currently in the Major Leagues or have major league experience (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr & Chris Valaika, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Los Angeles Angels' Virgil Vasquez, Texas' Michael Young and San Francisco's Barry Zito) and his 2009 squad tied a school record by having nine players drafted.

Fifty-five of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 73 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only eight had been drafted before entering UCSB.