SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara head baseball coach Andrew Checketts on Tuesday announced the team's exciting schedule – featuring 34 home games – as well as details for the program's popular alumni weekend, which this year is set to take place from Jan. 26-28, 2018.
This upcoming season, the Gauchos will host non-conference series at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium against Sacramento State, Penn State, Texas State, San Jose State, and UTRGV. UCSB is set to travel for a non-league series at San Diego State and is scheduled to participate in the 2018 Kleberg Bank Classic Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas at Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christ Hooks – Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The field for the Kleberg Bank Classic Tournament also features Mississippi State, Nicholls State, and host Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Once Big West action starts, the Gauchos will host Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, CSUN, and Hawai'i while traveling to UC Irvine, Long Beach State, UC Davis, and Blue-Green rival Cal Poly.
Midweek opponents include familiar foes in USC, Pepperdine, Fresno State, Pepperdine, and LMU as well as Portland.
In all, UCSB's opponents for this season have combined for 17 national championships while five went to the NCAA Regionals in 2017.
The Gauchos open the new campaign on the road at SDSU from Feb. 16-18, before briefly returning home to host their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 21 against Fresno State. UCSB flies to Texas the following weekend to take part in the Kleberg Classic, then sets up camp at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for six consecutive weekends, starting from Mar. 3-5 against Penn State and concluding Apr. 6-8 against UTRGV – a stretch that sees the Gauchos play 21 of 22 at home.
UCSB opens Big West play on Mar. 29 against CS Fullerton. Other notable league series include UC Irvine from Apr. 13-15 (first league road series), Long Beach State from May 11-13, Cal Poly from May 18-20, and a regular season-closing set at Hawai'i from May 24-26.
For the entire 2018 UCSB Baseball schedule, click here. Season tickets for the upcoming campaign are now available! To purchase, call the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB or shop online here.
An annual tradition before the start of any UCSB baseball season is the fun-filled alumni weekend.
This year's festivities will kick off with an alumni social at The Mill on 410 E Haley St. on Friday, Jan. 26. Appetizers will be provided at the restaurant, and a cash bar will be available as well.
Saturday marks the annual round of alumni golf at Glenn Annie Golf Course. Registration opens at 10:30, with a shotgun start to follow an hour later. Lunch is included for all players, and there will be a dinner and short presentation at the conclusion of the round.
Finally on Sunday, the Gauchos will hold an alumni game and home run derby at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium starting at 11:15 a.m. Participants will be given to keep a game jersey and hat, and will also be provided stirrups, belts, and game pants. Alumni batting practice and breakfast will take place from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Following the alumni activities, the 2018 Gauchos will take batting practice at 12:45 p.m. before playing an intersquad scrimmage at 1:45 p.m.
The cost for the entire weekend is just $200. To make reservations or for more information, contact events coordinator Mia Weber at Mia.Weber@ucsb.edu. Interested alumni can also sign up online here. All UCSB baseball alumni, Hammerheads, donors, supporters, and their significant others are invited to take place in the festivities.
The Ramada Santa Barbara will offer special rates to those attending the baseball alumni weekend. Make sure to mention UCSB baseball alumni weekend when calling to book your room to receive the discounted rate.
The deadline to sign up for the alumni game is Jan. 19.