May 23, 2012

Gauchos Finish Season With 4 Games This Weekend

• The Schedule
Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Utah
Friday, May 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Utah
Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield


• Dynamic Duo
UCSB pitchers Matt Vedo and Andrew Vasquez both have broken into the school's single-season top-10 in strikeouts and Vedo is just the sixth pitcher in school history to K at least 100 batters in a season. Vedo's 104 punchouts (currently 5th) and Vasquez's 95 (tied for sixth) have them just 13 strikeouts shy of tying the Gaucho record by teammates in a season. Barry Zito (123) and Bryan Noyes (89) currently hold the mark in the 1997 season. Entering this week, Vedo ranks fifth in the nation with his average of 11.75 strikeouts per nine innings and Vasquez is 26th at 10.39.

• V is for Vertigan
Junior centerfielder Brett Vertigan is currently leading the Big West in batting and could become the first Gaucho to lead the conference in the category since Bill Geivett hit .412 in 1985. Vertigan, who is tied for the UCSB mark for triples with eight, is the only player to be ranked in the top-10 in as many categories as he currently is. His .380 batting average is tops and the Garden Grove, Calif. native ranks high in slugging percentage (2nd, .523), on-base percentage (2nd, .448), hits (2nd, 83), runs (2nd, 49), stolen bases (1st, 17), triples (1st, 8) and total bases (3rd, 114).

• Double Duty
Freshman Greg Mahle was recognized as one of the best two-way players when he was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List. Mahle is one of just 20 players to be so honored. The Westminster, Calif. native is hitting .333 with 31 RBI (both marks are 9th in the Big West). The lefty has four saves overall this year and has struck out 43 batters in 45.0 innings.

• Vasquez Vanquishes Villains
Six-foot-six freshman left-hander Andrew Vasquez was one of just 51 pitchers in the nation been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Vasquez leads the Big West with a 2.08 ERA – on pace for seventh in UCSB's single-season history.  The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native is third in the conference in batting average against (.196) third in strikeouts (95) and in just four of his 14 starts has Vasquez allowed more than one earned run.

• For It's 1, 2, 3 Strikes You're Out at the Old Ballgame
UCSB's pitching staff has struck out an astounding 416 batters this season, which already ranks the squad 2nd in single-season school history. The record is 428 by the 1984 team. At their current pace, the Gauchos are due to strike out 448 batters this season and the team's 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings in the 21st-best mark in the country.

• Sir Lance-A-Lot
Senior Lance Roenicke has set the school record with 14 sac bunts this year and with one more double will break into the top-10 in single-season history. His team-high 33 RBI are 6th in the Big West.

UCSB Quick Fact
Brett Vertigan opened the season with a 23-game hitting streak, is riding a 9-game hitting streak and has reached base in all but one game this season for UCSB. He has produced 25 multi-hit games this season.

By the Numbers
2 – Victories needed by head coach Andrew Checketts to tie the school record for wins by a first-year head coach, set by Al Ferrer in 1981.