UCSB, Riding Hot Streak, Opens Homestand on Friday

UCSB, Riding Hot Streak, Opens Homestand on Friday

• The Schedule
Friday March 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday March 3, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Sunday March 4, 2012 at 1 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount (2-6)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Lions – 68-60-1
Last series vs. the Lions – @ UCSB 3/6 - 3/8/09; UCSB 4-0
Streak – Won 1
All three games broadcast live online – click here to listen!

Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 3 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. CSU Bakersfield (4-5)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Roadrunners – 3-3
Last time out vs. the Roadrunners – L, 13-10 (5/25/10)
Streak – Lost 3
Game broadcast live online – click here to listen!

• On the Radio
All 24 of UCSB's Big West Conference games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara and live online by clicking here. Included in the broadcast schedule is a majority of the rest of the Gauchos' schedule, which will be broadcast exclusively live online. To see a full schedule of Gaucho baseball on the air, click here.


• Austin Powers
Freshman right-hander Austin Pettibone had quite the series at San Jose State last weekend. Called upon to close out Friday's game, Pettibone entered with the bases loaded and one out. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native struck out both batters he faced for his first career save. He then pitched 6.0 solid innings on Sunday, allowing just five hits and two earned runs in his first career victory.

• 4 For .400
A quartet of Gauchos are hitting at least .400 – Greg Mahle (.471), Lance Roenicke (.419), Brett Vertigan (.417) and Brandon Trinkwon (.400). Those hitters combined for 12 of UCSB's 14 hits, five of the team's seven RBI and all seven of the Gauchos' runs in Tuesday's win over Fresno State.

• Triple Threat
The Gauchos' typical 1-2-3 batters – Brett Vertigan, Lance Roenicke and Brandon Trinkwon – are three of the team's top four hitters based on average and all three lead UCSB in RBI. The trio also has three of the Gauchos' top four on-base percentages.

• 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.

• 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.

• UCSB Quick Fact
UCSB's three-game sweep of San Jose State was the program's first sweep of a weekend series of at least three games since a four-game sweep over Northern Illinois March 12-14, 2010.

• By the Numbers
6 – Total number of runs UCSB has allowed during its current four-game winning streak. Gaucho starters have allowed just eight earned runs all season long.