February 17, 2004

UCSB Salvages One Against Spartans, Now Ready For Westmont and Pepperdine

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Feb. 17, 2004

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
The Schedule
Game No. 8, 9, 10, 11
Westmont Warriors vs. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 2 p.m.
at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Friday, February 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. (PST)
Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Sunday, February 22, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Friday and Sunday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium

A Look At Last Week
After the Gauchos took two of three from San Diego State on opening weekend, UCSB stayed hot with a wild non-conference win over Cal State Northridge on February 10. Down 6-1 in the eighth, an eight-run eighth inning propelled Santa Barbara to a 10-7 win. Junior right-hander Loren Fraser picked up the win and senior Taylor Vogt and freshman Chris Valaika each had two RBI. The week turned sour for UCSB on Friday and Saturday as San Jose State handed the Gauchos their second and third losses of the year. A usually reliable UCSB bullpen surrendered six runs in 3.2 innings on Friday in the Spartans' 9-2 win. On Saturday, Vogt's second home run of the year was not enough to overcome a six-run first as the Gauchos fell again, 11-2. However, on Sunday, Gaucho right-hander Michael Martin made his second strong outing of the year, tossing 7.1 innings in UCSB's 4-2 win. The sophomore allowed just one earned run on three hits while senior Nate Sutton and sophomore Bill Rowe each contributed two RBI. After seven games, the 2004 Gauchos are 4-3, whereas after seven games last year, UCSB was 2-5.

On The Mound This Week
The Gauchos will use a team of pitchers Tuesday against Westmont College with either junior Eric Posthumus or freshman Andy Graham expected to get the starting nod. Against Pepperdine this weekend, the Waves will see sophomore right-hander Steve Morlock (1-1) on Friday and sophomore righty Michael Martin (2-0) on Sunday. Saturday's starter is yet to be determined, however Graham, Fraser, Rich Sorenson, Brian Tracy and Ivan Ramirez are all candidates for the spot.

Extra, Extra...
UCSB racked up its team high for hits with 12 in its second game of the year. The Gauchos posted their lowest hit total on Sunday iwth just six. Most notably, though, the Gauchos have not yet had a game without an extra base-hit. On Sunday, Matt Stevens kept that streak alive with a seventh inning double.

The Brontsema File
Bob Brontsema enters his 11th season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. Last year Brontsema logged his 250th victory, becoming the third coach in school history to do so, and also cementing himself as the third winningest coach in UCSB history. He enters this season with a career mark of 263-269. Brontsema's team ended the 2003 season 25-28 overall and 8-13 in Big West Conference play. Brontsema's has been selected twice as Big West Coach of the Year. In 2001, his team finished with a mark of 40-17, good for a .701 winning percentage, the highest in school history. Brontsema's 2001squad also had 10 players sign professional contracts after the season. Brontsema was also selected as Big West Coach of the Year in 1996, when he piloted UCSB to a 32-20 overall mark and 14-7 showing in conference play.

Probable Gaucho Starters
vs. Right Handers
C Taylor Vogt
1B Bill Rowe
2B Chris Malec
3B Nate Sutton
SS Chris Valaika
LF Matt Emerick
CF Brian Adams
RF Matt Wilkerson DH Greg Powers

vs. Left Handers
C Matt Kalafatis
1B Bill Rowe
2B Chris Malec
3B Nate Sutton
SS Chris Valaika
LF Matt Stevens
CF Matt Emerick
RF Matt Wilkerson DH David Figoni

On The Mound
Tuesday vs. Westmont
Game-time Decision
Friday vs. Pepperdine
Steve Morlock (So. RHP)
1-1, 3.48 ERA, 8 Ks in 10.1 IP
Saturday vs. Pepperdine
To Be Determined
Sunday vs. Pepperdine
Michael Martin (So. RHP)
2-0, 0.63 ERA, 6 hits in 14.1 IP

Scouting the Warriors
Westmont College enters Tuesday's matchup with a 2-5 record and a team batting average of .255. As a team, the Warriors have a 7.78 ERA. So far it has been Scott Knox leading the way at the plate, hitting an even .400 with four doubles, a triple and a home run. He is also second on the team with eight RBI. Dominick Paulso is the team leader in home runs (3) and RBI (9). On the mound, Ian Richenbacker has seen the most action, posting a 6.00 ERA in 15.1 innings. Richenbacker and Nate Nugent each have one of the Warriors' two wins. Westmont enters the game with Friday's 12-2 win over Bethany College fresh on its mind.

Series Record
For the first time in 2004, the Gauchos will face a team against whom they have the all-time advantage when they take on Westmont. UCSB leads the series 77-23.

Scouting the Waves
Led by first-year Head Coach Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine is 1-3 so far in 2004. After winning their season-opening game against UC Irvine, the Waves were swept by the Gauchos' Big West opponent Cal Poly last weekend. Pepperdine was outscored 17-11 by the Mustangs despite Patrick Rooney's team leading .412 batting average. However, Rooney with his five RBI is the only Wave hitting above .300. With a 4.98 ERA, Pepperdine's pitching staff has so far been anchored by James Johnson who's 4.2 innings of scoreless ball ranks him tops on his team's ERA list. UCSB can expect to see Brandon Boesch, Kea Kometa and Jacob Barraca on the mound this weekend.

Series Record
Coming into the 94th all-time meeting between the two teams, Pepperdine holds a 46-47 advantage. Last year, the Waves took the only meeting against the Gauchos 5-2 and in 2002 Pepperdine took two of three from the Gauchos.

Ones and Eights
UCSB's first seven games have been decided by a total of six runs. Despite their 4-3 record, the Gauchos have been outscored 39-33. However, the biggest run differencials come in the first and eighth innings. To start the game UCSB is being outdone 12-3 but in the eighth, it's UCSB 11-2.

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