UCSB Travels to Long Beach for Important Big West Series

Brett Vertigan (By Michael Moriatis)
Brett Vertigan (By Michael Moriatis)

• The Schedule
Friday, April 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State (13-17, 4-2)
at Long Beach's Blair Field (3,283)
Overall record vs. the 49ers – 73-81
Last series win – 2011 (4/21 - 4/23 @ UCSB – 2-1)
Last series loss – 2010 (4/23 - 4/25 @ LBSU – 1-2)
Last time out vs. the 49ers – L, 6-2 @ UCSB (4/23/11)
Streak – Lost 1

• On the Radio
All 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.

• Vasquez Vanquishes Villains
Six-foot-six freshman left-hander Andrew Vasquez leads all Big West pitchers with a 1.10 ERA and a .174 batting average against. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native's 62 strikeouts are second only to teammate Matt Vedo's 67. Vasquez has pitched into the sixth inning in all but one of his starts and has struck out at least six hitters in every one of his outings. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his starts and has allowed just six earned runs in his 49.0 innings pitched this year.

• Doing It All
Freshman Greg Mahle has been a huge part of the Gauchos this year as he has a team-high 22 RBI (second in the Big West) and his .386 batting average is second on the squad (and third in the Big West). Mahle, who hails from Westminster, Calif., is also a pretty good pitcher.  The southpaw has become the Gauchos' closer with four saves and five games finished.

• High Marks for Trinkwon
Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon is one of the best in the Big West in numerous categories. His .391 batting average is second while his .573 slugging percentage and his .511 on-base percentage are both first. Trinkwon is tied for the league lead with 10 doubles and his 21 RBI are third-most. He also paces all players with his 26 walks.

• At the Plate, On the Mound
As a team the Gauchos' offense is first in the Big West in runs scored, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. UCSB's pitching staff boasts a 3.88 ERA could set the team on pace for consecutive sub-4.00 ERA's as the 2011 team's 3.65 ERA was a team's lowest since a 3.24 clip in 1984.

• V is for Vertigan
There is no player in the Big West who ranks in the top-five of as many categories as junior Brett Vertigan does. He is fourth in batting average (.375), fourth in slugging (.551), fourth in on-base percentage (.434), second in runs scored (32), first in hits (51), first in triples (6), first in total bases (75) and second in stolen bases (9).

UCSB Quick Fact
The last relief pitcher to have more than five saves in a season was Justin Segal, who posted eight in the 2007 season. Currently, LHP Greg Mahle has four saves this year. The UCSB single-season record is 14 by Alex McRobbie in 2005.

By the Numbers
9 – Times this season UCSB pitching has struck out at least 10 batters in a game. UCSB leads the Big West with 263 strikeouts, 51 more than the next closest team.