Gauchos Make First Road Trip of Season to San Jose State
• The Schedule
Friday February 24, 2012 at 6 p.m. – Broadcast live online, click here to listen
Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday February 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at San Jose State (1-2)
at San Jose's Municipal Stadium (4,200)
Overall record vs. the Spartans – 38-50
Last series win – 2005 (2/11 - 2/13 @ SJSU; 2-1)
Last series loss – 2011 (4/1 - 4/3 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Spartans – W, 4-1 @ UCSB (4/3/11)
Streak – Won 1
• Additional Games
UCSB has added two more games to its broadcast schedule, both of which are taking place this week. The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall, will have the call on Friday night when the Gauchos play at San Jose State and again on Tuesday when the Gauchos play at Fresno State. Click here to listen live.
• Listen Up!
Nearly all of the UCSB baseball games will be broadcast either on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara or exclusively online through this link. Opening Day and every Big West Conference game will air live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here and almost 20 more Gaucho baseball games will be broadcast live through this link. To see the entire broadcast schedule, click here.
• Get Your Tickets
Season tickets are still available for one low price and every season ticket purchase will receive a $25 gift card to The Gauchos Shop or the new white-panel Sunday hat. Get your tickets by clicking here or calling 893-UCSB.
• W's Everywhere But W Column
Despite dropping three of four to #23 Oregon State, UCSB outhit the Beavers in the four-game weekend series, 42-35 and had far more strikeouts on the mound than OSU, 43-19. Three Gaucho starters – Matt Vedo, Kevin Gelinas and Andrew Vasquez – all had eight strikeouts in their debuts.
• V is for Vertigan
Redshirt junior Brett Vertigan proved to be the perfect leadoff man for UCSB in its opening weekend. The centerfielder went 9-for-18 with three walks for a .571 on-base percentage vs. Oregon State. Vertigan also had a pair of triples, five RBI and three runs scored to go with a stolen base.
• Career Weekend
Senior outfielder Lance Roenicke had three stolen bases in the four games vs. Oregon State, eclipsing his total from his previous three seasons at UCSB. Entering the season the Chino Hills, Calif. native had just two stolen bases in seven attempts.
• Gauchos Again
UCSB has a pair of pitchers on its staff who were drafted but decided to wear the blue and gold again. Right-hander Matt Vedo was selected in last June's amateur draft in the 49th round by the Los Angeles Angels while left-hander Kevin Gelinas has been drafted twice in the past three seasons but each time returned to UCSB.
• Pitching In
UCSB's team ERA in 2011 was 3.65, which served as the Gauchos' lowest since posting a 3.24 clip all the way back in 1984. In fact, no Gaucho team between those two seasons has had an ERA lower than 4.00.
• At the Polls
In the annual Big West preseason poll, UCSB was tabbed to finish sixth in the conference while Cal State Fullerton was picked to win the league crown.
A number of exciting new promotions are planned to capitalize on the buzz surrounding Gaucho Baseball:
- Autograph Sundays – kids, every Sunday grab an autograph from selected members of the Gauchos.
- Baseball Buddies – bring your Little League team, take the field with the Gauchos, sing the 7th inning stretch and run the bases post-game.
- GKids – free admission to each game with the T-shirt and membership.
- Red Vine Ball Return – grab some Red Vine licorice when you return a foul ball to the Gaucho Shop. Red Vines are a favorite in-game snack for Coach Checketts.
- Throwback Tuesdays – turn back the clock on those beautiful afternoons at Ceasar Uyesaka Stadium.
- Lucky Numbers and the Gaucho Prize Wheel – sevens are wild on Saturdays with seven prizes through seven innings.