Annual "Alumni Weekend" Festivities Set for this Weekend

Jan. 22, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After Friday's golf tournament and "First Pitch" dinner at Glen Annie Golf Course, the 2007 UC Santa Barbara baseball team will take the field for the first time on Saturday, Jan. 27 against a team of Gaucho alumni at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start, it looks to be an exciting day of both past and present Gaucho baseball. The rest of the day's activities include the annual "Old Timers" game slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. and a Home Run Derby to take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. The golf tournament will begin at noon on Friday, followed by dinner at the clubhouse and the introduction of the 2007 team to family and alumni at 6 p.m.

UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema expects a decent turnout of former Gauchos turned professionals. In attendance will be Ranger's shortstop Michael Young (1997), who had another outstanding year for Texas in 2006. Young, the 2005 AL Batting Champion and the reigning All-Star MVP, is expected to put on a show during the annual Home Run Derby. Skip Schumaker (2001), who was a member of the Team USA Olympic Qualifying Team, is also expected to be in attendance. In 78 at bats in the past two years for the St. Louis Cardinals, Schumaker batted .205 with twelve runs scored, a homer, two doubles, three RBI and three stolen bases. Other professional players attending include Virgil Vasquez (2003) of the Detroit Tigers organization, Nate Sutton (2004) of the Anaheim Angels organization and Jim Bullard (2001) of the San Diego Padres organization.

For more information regarding any of the weekend's events, contact Coach Myers or Coach Kirkgard at 805-893-2021.

The 2007 Gauchos, led by senior Robbie Blauer and hurlers Steve Morlock and Justin Segal will begin their new season on Friday, Feb. 9 on the road against San Jose State at 2 pm.