Gauchos Host Long Beach State in Key Big West Series

Domenic Mazza (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• The Schedule
Friday, Apr. 19 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Long Beach State (16-18, 6-3)
Saturday, Apr. 20 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Long Beach State
Sunday, Apr. 21 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Long Beach State
All-Time Record vs. LBSU: 73-84

Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 3:00 p.m. vs. University of San Diego
All-Time record vs. the Toreros: 24-20-2

• Nesovic Emerges on the Mound
With his eye-catching start at Cal St. Fullerton, freshman righty Robby Nesovic has stepped into the Big West limelight. He picked up Big West Pitcher of the Week honors for his 6 2/3 inning shutout performance against the No. 4 team in the country, which also shot Nesovic to the top of the conference play leaderboards, as he now ranks first in runs allowed (2) and extra base hits allowed (0), while sporting the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers in Big West games. At his current pace, Nesovic is set to become one of the premier two-way players in the conference.

• Early Runs are Imperative
So far this season, the Gauchos have recorded a 15-6 record when scoring the first run of a ballgame. Conversely, they are just 3-11 when allowing the opposition to get on the board first. When they get in front, the UCSB bullpen has showed itself capable of maintaining a lead, as the Gauchos are 13-0 when leading after seven innings of play.

• Woodward Stays Hot
After cooling off a bit in March, sophomore utility man Woody Woodward has enjoyed a torrid start to Big West Conference play. He garnered Big West Player of the Week nominations for his performance against Cal Poly, hitting .529 with a pair of extra base hits. He kept up his strong play at Cal State Fullerton, collecting four hits, including his first career home run, in the series. Currently, Woody ranks fourth in conference play in batting average (.423) and second in slugging percentage (.654). Woody has also been a ball magnet, ranking second in the conference in hit by pitches (10 overall).

• The Teal Ribbon
During next weekend's Long Beach State series, the Gaucho players will wear a Teal Ribbon, representing UCSB's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. UCSB has dedicated the month of April to increase awareness of sexual violence. The baseball team is showing their support and doing their part to raise awareness.

• 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 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while junior shortstop 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 majority of UCSB baseball's games this season, with 30 games being carried over the air by AM 1290 and online through UCSBgauchos.com and another 17 games airing exclusively online. All three games of the LBSU series and Wednesday's matchup with USD can be heard on AM 1290 and on UCSBgauchos.com.

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