SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Collegiate Baseball has pegged the 2012 UCSB Baseball recruiting class as the eighteenth-best in the nation in their latest recruiting results.
The No. 18 ranking is the highest in the history of the program, and it is the first time that the Gauchos have cracked the Top-20 in program history.
This was the first full recruiting class that UCSB Head Coach Andrew Checketts and his staff have brought in. The Gauchos were able to bring aboard 25 recruits, 19 of which are freshman and 6 that transferred from junior colleges.
The Gauchos ranked second among Big West Conference schools on the poll, as rivals Cal State Fullerton were tabbed just one spot ahead of the Gauchos at No. 17.
"The high ranking really speaks to the work that Eddie [Cornejo, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator], Jason [Hawkins, Assistant Coach], and the rest of the coaching staff have put into recruiting quality players into the program," said Checketts. "We're confident these athletes can come in and contribute immediately."
"Jason and Eddie will be the first ones to tell you that we will really know more about this class three to four years from now based on how productive they are," Checketts continued. "The ranking doesn't mean anything until we translate it to wins on the field."
UCSB's 2012 recruiting class is led by pitchers Connor Baits, Dillon Tate and position players Andrew Calica and Devon Gradford.
Baits was one of the most highly regarded high-school pitchers in California. The 6-5 righty out of Point Loma High has been clocked as high as 94 MPH and was a 23rd round draft pick by the Mets in the 2012 draft.
Dillon Tate had a solid 2.85 ERA in his senior season at Claremont High and has shown the ability to reach the low 90's with his fastball. Tate gives Checketts another solid option out of the bullpen.
Outfielder Andrew Calica hit over .400 in each of his final three seasons at Eastlake High School and has shown a solid glove, committing no errors during his entire senior season.
Shortstop Devon Gradford, a 34th round pick of the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 draft, sported a .430/.520/.724 slash line in his senior season at Downey and significantly improved his defense after making the move from second base in his Junior year.
The new recruiting class joins a strong set of returners for the Gauchos, including Freshman All-American Greg Mahle, Andrew Vazquez, and Brandon Trinkwon to give the Gauchos a solid roster for the 2013 campaign.
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June 8, 2013 Kuresa and Wilson Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft
June 5, 2013 Nesovic, Hecht Picked as Freshman All-Americans
May 27, 2013 UCSB Baseball Earns NCAA Regional Berth
May 24, 2013 Gauchos Pile it on in 8-1 Win at UC Davis
May 21, 2013 Gauchos Edged 2-1 in Midweek Pitcher's Duel at UCLA
May 19, 2013 UCSB Captures 7-3 Victory on Senior Day
May 18, 2013 Gauchos Drop 3-2 Decision to Pacific
May 16, 2013 UCSB Finishes Up Home Schedule With Pacific
May 12, 2013 Gauchos Fall to CSUN in Series Finale
April 29, 2013 Newell Takes Home Big West Field Player of the Week Honors
April 28, 2013 Gauchos Fall Short of UC Riverside Sweep With 8-5 Loss
April 27, 2013 Jacome Leads Gauchos to Shutout of UC Riverside
April 26, 2013 Gauchos Come Out on Top in 10-7 Slugfest
April 25, 2013 Gauchos Head South to Take On UC Riverside
April 24, 2013 UCSB Bats Come Alive in 12-4 Win Over USD
April 21, 2013 Gauchos Unable to Finish Off Sweep of Long Beach State
April 18, 2013 Gauchos Host Long Beach State in Key Big West Series
April 16, 2013 Gauchos Fall Victim to Long Ball in 7-5 Loss to USD
April 15, 2013 Robby Nesovic Nabs Big West Pitcher of the Week Honors
April 12, 2013 Gauchos End Up On Wrong End of Wild Ninth Inning in 4-3 Loss
April 11, 2013 Gauchos Face Major Test in No. 4 Cal State Fullerton
April 7, 2013 UCSB Comeback Falls Short in 7-6 Loss to Cal Poly
April 2, 2013 UCSB Edged By Pepperdine in Tuesday Tuneup
March 31, 2013 UCSB Earns Series Split With Hawai'i After Sunday Victory
March 30, 2013 'Bows Outlast Gauchos to Take 2-1 Series Lead
March 29, 2013 Hawai'i Strikes Late to Even Series With Gauchos
March 28, 2013 Gauchos Squeak Out First Conference Win Over Hawai'i
March 27, 2013 Gauchos Face Hawai'i to Start Big West Conference Play
March 23, 2013 Gauchos Smash Three Homers in 7-3 Win Over Cal Poly
March 22, 2013 Gauchos Blanked at Cal Poly
March 20, 2013 Gauchos Face Cal Poly in Non-Conference Series
March 18, 2013 Gaucho Baseball Academy Announces Summer Prospect Camps
March 17, 2013 Gauchos Drop Series Finale to Sacramento State
March 10, 2013 Nesovic's Four RBIs Not Enough in 11-6 Loss at Texas
March 9, 2013 Gauchos Fall in Ninth Inning Heartbreaker at Texas
March 8, 2013 Gauchos Suffer 5-1 Defeat in Texas Series Opener
March 4, 2013 Gauchos Pound St. Mary's for Fourth Straight Win, 10-1
March 1, 2013 Gauchos Outlast San Jose State in Walk-Off Thriller
February 27, 2013 Gauchos Finish up Homestand With San Jose State, St. Mary's
February 26, 2013 Gauchos Edged In Tuesday Tuneup
February 24, 2013 Gauchos Salvage Series Split with 6-2 Win Over USF
February 23, 2013 Gauchos Drop Pair of Decisions in USF Doubleheader
February 22, 2013 Pettibone, Kuresa Lift Gauchos Past San Francisco in Home Opener, 6-1
February 22, 2013 Gauchos part of Challenger camp at Girsh
February 18, 2013 Baseball Home Opener Rescheduled
February 17, 2013 Late Rally Gives Gauchos Series Win at Fresno State
February 16, 2013 Pettibone Leads Gauchos to First Win
February 15, 2013 Gauchos Fall 8-1 to Fresno State in Season Opener
February 14, 2013 Gauchos Open Season Against Fresno State
February 13, 2013 Baseball Season Preview: Gauchos Set Their Sights on Omaha
February 7, 2013 UCSB Baseball to Have 47 Games Broadcast This Season
February 1, 2013 Trinkwon Earns Preseason All-American Nod
January 3, 2013 Checketts Named One of the Top College Head Coaches Under 40
December 18, 2012 Gauchos and Challengers Have A Blast
December 18, 2012 UCSB Baseball Signs 10 Recruits to NLI's
December 13, 2012 Andrew Vasquez Earns Preseason All-American Honors
December 3, 2012 Gaucho Baseball Academy Prospect Camp Rapidly Approaching
November 30, 2012 UCSB Baseball Announces Alumni Weekend 2013
October 29, 2012 Gaucho Baseball Academy Announces their Second Prospect Camp
October 26, 2012 Gauchos to Take on LMU in Fall Scrimmage
October 23, 2012 Gauchos Baseball Academy Announces "Hawk's Holiday Hitting Camp"
October 3, 2012 Gaucho Baseball Academy to Host Prospect Camp
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September 14, 2012 UCSB Baseball Announces Walk-On Tryouts
September 11, 2012 UCSB Baseball Announces the Upcoming Gauchos Baseball Academy Schedule
September 7, 2012 Gauchos Shine in Summer Collegiate Leagues