Gauchos Face Hawai'i to Start Big West Conference Play

Photo by Vince Agapito
Photo by Vince Agapito

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• The Schedule
Thursday, Mar. 28 at 9:35 p.m. at Hawai'i (5-16)
Friday, Mar. 29 at 9:35 p.m. at Hawai'i
Saturday, Mar 30 at 9:35 p.m. at Hawai'i
Sunday, Mar 31 at 4:05 p.m. at Hawai'i (non-conference)
All-Time record vs. the Rainbow Warriors: 5-11
All start times Pacific

• It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint
The Gauchos have thrived in the final third of the game so far in 2013, outscoring their
opponents 41-19 in the 7th inning and later. The UCSB bullpen has succeeded under
pressure as well, as UCSB is a perfect 9-0 when leading after seven innings. Excluding his
last appearance, closer Dylan Hecht has been nails at the tail-end of games, giving up just
one run and three hits over 13 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts to start the season.

• Keep Your Head Up
Entering the week, the Gauchos ranked second in the Big West Conference in both hit
by pitches (42) and hit batters (27). UCSB ranks tenth in the nation in HBPs, 20 behind
national leaders Delaware St., who have been plunked 62 times. Woody Woodward's
conference-leading nine hit by pitches places him seventhth nationally, while Andrew
Vasquez has kept opposing lineups on alert with a team-high five hit batters.

• History with the 'Bows
The Gauchos have struggled historically against the Rainbows, winning just five of the 16
all-time matchups and getting swept in a three-game series in both 1986 and 1988. This
will be the teams' first series against each other as conference-mates, as Hawai'i entered
the Big West Conference for the 2012-13 season. The Gauchos have fared better against
the Rainbows recently, winning the last matchup between the two on Feb. 28, 2009 by
a score of 10-4 at the Hubert H. Humprey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., with Joe
Gardner picking up the win in a 7.2 IP, 3 ER effort and Matt Valaika leading the offense with
a 3-5, 3 RBI day. UCSB also won the last series between the two in 2007 in Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos and Rainbows have met once in the postseason, as Hawai'i defeated UCSB
8-6 in the 1986 West Regionals at UCLA.

• Score Early, Score Often
The early part of the ballgame has turned out be an important one for the Gauchos, as
the team scoring first has won the majority of the games involving UCSB. The Gauchos
are 10-2 in games in which they score first, but just 2-8 in games they are scored on first.
Further, the Gauchos are a perfect 3-0 when scoring in the first inning, however they have
been outscored 16-5 by their opponents so far in the first inning this year.

• Preseason Publicity
Following their stellar 2012 seasons, a pair of Gauchos were selected as Preseason All-
Americans. In December, sophomore LHP Andrew Vasquez was named to the Second
Team by the NCBWA, while junior SS Brandon Trinkwon was named to the Baseball
America Second-Team. Brandon was also noted as the top defensive infielder in college
baseball. In addition, the current UCSB freshman class was ranked as the No. 12 recruiting
class in the nation by Baseball America, tops among all Big West schools and the first time
the Gauchos had appeared on the list in school history. Perfect Game also pegged the
recruiting class as No. 18 in the country.

• Gauchos Over the Air
UCSB Athletics and the Santa Barbara News Press radio will broadcast a vast majority of
UCSB Baseball's games this season, with 30 games being carried over the air by AM 1290
and online through and another 17 games airing exclusively online.
The first three games of the Hawai'i series can be heard on AM 1290 and on UCSBgauchos.
com. Sunday's non-confererence finale will be online only.