Winners Of Four Of Their Last Five, Gaucho Baseball Takes On San Jose State For A Three-Game Weekend Series

Feb. 14, 2002

Upcoming Schedule

* Friday February 15, 2:00 p.m. - vs. San Jose State at Caesar Uyesaka Stad. * Sat. - Sun., February 16-17, 1:00 p.m. - vs. San Jose State at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Gauchos On The Air

Oskar Garcia and Co. will cover the Gauchos on KCSB 91.9 FM in 2002. KCSB will broadcast Fridays game, Sundays game and Next Tuesdays game against Northridge. Air time will be five minutes prior to game time.

Warming Up To Winning Ways

After a 2-3 start to their season, the Gauchos have run off three wins in a row, all on the road, to come into this weekends match-up with San Jose State boasting a 5-3 record. The team batted .301 over the weekend while in the last two games against Santa Clara, the pitching staff held the Broncos to only three runs on nine hits. Chris Malec had six RBI on Saturday with his 3-for-6 performance.

The Spartans

UCSB will play a three-game set with San Jose State this weekend. The Spartans, hailing from the Western Athletic Conference, are now 6-2 on the season. SJSU is coming off a 8-4 win against San Francicsco. The Spartans are led by Fridays starter, Jeremy Rogelstad, who has a 2-0 record and 1.80 ERA,and Bryan Baker, who is leading San Jose St. with a .385 batting average to go with two home runs.

Mammoth McCanne and Miller Time

Josh McCanne has been on a tear and we must also salute the Miller man, Kevin Miller that is. McCanne, a junior from Mammoth, went 8-for-11 on the weekend smacking three doubles and a home run over the weekend to raise his batting average to .414, which is tied with Ryan Spilborghs for the team lead. McCanne also leads the team in doubles (5), homers (2) and is second on the team with 13 RBI. Miller, a junior from Long Beach, broke out of a 2-for-16 start, going 4-for-4 with with two doubles and 2 RBI in a 12-2 win over Santa Clara. Against Cal State Northridge, Miller showed off his versatility by coming into pitch, and pitch he did well, holding the Big Wests top run producing team to only one run in 4.1 innings pitched to pick up the win.

Starting Pitching Says It All

When the starters do well, so do the Gauchos. In their three losses, the Gaucho starters have given up 6.3 runs a game. In their five wins the starters have yeilded only 2.4 runs a game. The figure becomes even lower if you take away Eric Posthumus' last start where he gave up seven runs. Then, the Gaucho starters have given up only five earned runs in 25 innings pitched, good for a 1.80 ERA. Matt Vasquez and James Dayley formed a formidable duo, holding Santa Clara to one earned run and eight hits in 14 combined innings over the weekend. However, James Garcia has yet to find his groove, having only pitched 7.2 innings and possessing a 11.74 ERA through his first two starts, both losses.

The Man With The Plan

Bob Brontsema returns for his ninth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 221-211 (.512). Brontsema is coming off his best coaching season at UCSB guiding the Gauchos to a 40-17 record, good for the best single season winning percentage (.702) at UCSB since 1986. The 40 wins were the most by a UCSB team since 1990. For his efforts, Brontsema was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Brontsema has posted three straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.

Probable Starters

1b Josh McCanne - .414 BA 13 RBI
2b Chris Malec - .323 BA 12R
3b Nate Sutton - .129 BA
SS Dave Licht/Josh Fulton
LF Kevin Miller/R.J. Smith
CF Andy Campanella - .286 BA
RF Ryan Spilborghs - .414 BA .553 OBP
DH Matt Wilkerson - .345 BA 12R 2HR
C  Chad Ziemendorf/Taylor Vogt
SP James Garcia (0-2,11.74), James Dayley (1-0,2.45), Matt Vasquez (1-1,4.26)

The Bottom Line: Hitting and Pitching Leaders (2002)

McCanne .414, Spilborghs .414,Wilkerson .345,, Moran 0.00, Sutherland 0.00 and Sean Thompson 1.29