UCSB, Aiming to Remain Perfect on Road, Plays Nevada This Weekend

UCSB, Aiming to Remain Perfect on Road, Plays Nevada This Weekend

• The Schedule
Friday March 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday March 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Nevada (7-4)
at Nevada's William Peccole Park (3,000)
Overall record vs. the Wolf Pack – 19-14
Last series win – 2011 (3/19 @ UCSB; 2-0)
Last series loss – 2000 (3/31 - 4/2 @ Nevada; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Wolf Pack – W, 2-1 @ UCSB (2/19/11)
Streak – Won 2

• V is for Vertigan
Junior centerfielder Brett Vertigan was named the Big West Player of the Week this week as he went 12-for-18 with seven runs scored, two doubles and three stolen bases. Vertigan reached base in 14 plate appearances and hit .667 with a .700 on-base percentage for the week.

• Austin Powers
Freshman right-hander Austin Pettibone has had quite the start to his UCSB career. Pettibone, who is tied for the team lead in wins, recorded his first career save on Feb. 24 atr San Jose State, when he entered with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He then grabbed his first career win later that weekend in a Sunday start. Against LMU, the Yorba Linda, Calif. native went 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs.

• Raising the Bar
Shortstop Brandon Trinkwon's on-base percentage has ballooned over his last two weekends. The sophomore reached base in 11 of 14 plate appearances at San Jose State, then he got on base four times in last Tuesday's game at Fresno State. Against LMU, Trinkwon was on base eight times in 13 plate appearances and had two hits vs. Bakersfield. The Tustin, Calif. native boasts a .545 on-base percentage, which is best on the team.

• Triple Threat
The Gauchos' typical 1-2-3 batters – Brett Vertigan, Lance Roenicke and Brandon Trinkwon – have three of the team's top three batting averages, three of the top six on-base percentages and Trinkwon and Roenicke each lead the team with 11 RBI.

• Neat-O for Vedo
Senior Matt Vedo set a career-high when he had 10 strikeouts in the win over Fresno St.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

By the Numbers
3 – Extra inning games that UCSB has played in this season, going 1-2. Last year the Gauchos only played in two extra inning games, winning both.