UCSB Baseball Announces the Upcoming Gauchos Baseball Academy Schedule

UCSB Head Coach Andrew Checketts and the Gaucho Baseball Academy are proud to announce the release of their 2012-13 schedule of events - open to any and all entrants. Limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.

The Gaucho Baseball Academy is designed for athletes looking to play and excel at the next level. Players will have the opportunity to work and receive quality instruction from the UC Santa Barbara coaching staff.

"The instruction players receive at Gaucho Baseball Academy camps is among the best they will find anywhere in the country because of the staff we hire and our commitment to each individual's improvement."

This year's schedule includes five high school prospect camps, one winter youth camp, a holiday offense camp, a high school team camp, nightly clinics for hitting and arm strength, and individual and group lessons for all skills and positions. In its inaugural year, the Gaucho Baseball Academy served over 1000 athletes through its day camps, night clinics, and skills lessons.

Details on the Gaucho Baseball Academy, including schedules and registration information, can be found online here. Any questions about camps, clinics, or lessons can be sent to Matt Harvey at baseball@athletics.ucsb.edu.

The Gauchos are coming off a successful year on the field under first-year head coach Andrew Checketts. The 2012 UC Santa Barbara baseball team set numerous records and had several players etch their names into the school's history books. Coach Checketts set the record for most wins by a first year head coach at UCSB, while also leading a pitching staff that led the Big West in strikeouts en route to setting a school record in the statistic for a single season. Freshman All-American pitcher Andrew Vasquez led the Big West in ERA and BAA (batting average against). Vasquez and senior pitcher Matt Vedo combined to set the UCSB record for most strikeouts in a season by a duo, while Vedo led the Big West in strikeouts by an individual.

Offensively, the Gauchos finished in the top-four in the conference in every major offensive category. Coach Hawkins' offense stole the most bases and had the second highest team batting average in the conference. Junior outfielder Brett Vertigan led the Big West in batting average while setting the school record and tying the Big West conference record for triples in a season. Senior outfielder Lance Roenicke was third in the Big West in doubles, while Freshman All-American Greg Mahle and sophomore Brandon Trinkwon tied for the fifth-best batting average in the conference. Trinkwon also led the conference in OBP (on-base percentage).

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