Gauchos Travel to Chilly Pullman to Face Cougars

Gauchos Travel to Chilly Pullman to Face Cougars

Feb. 24, 2011

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• The Schedule
Friday February 25, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday February 27, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Washington State (2-1)
at Washington State's Bailey Brayton Field (3,500)
Series record vs. the Cougars - First-ever meeting
Live stats and video available by clicking here

Tuesday March 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine (3-1)
at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium (1,800)
Series record vs. the Waves - 56-61-3
Last series win - 2005 (2/4 - 2/6 vs. Pepperdine; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2007 (3/24 - 3/26 @ Pepperdine; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Waves - L, 5-4 @ Pepperdine (5/11/10)
Streak - Lost 1
Game broadcast live online by clicking here

• You're the Best ... Around!
Senior Jesse Meaux was recently named one of the best players in the nation, courtesy of Baseball America. The right-hander from Glendale, Calif. was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies last June but returned to UCSB. He was named one of the 50 top seniors in the nation, coming in at 45th overall.

• At The Polls
UCSB was tabbed to finish sixth in the Big West this season in a preseason poll by the league's coaches. However, the Gauchos were picked fourth, courtesy of where the team was also labeled as a darkhorse contender for the Big West title, predicted to finish with 35 wins and make a regional.

• Starting Strong
According to the website, UCSB opens its season with the 25th strongest schedule in the nation, the third-best mark among Big West schools after LBSU's spot at third and Cal State Fullerton coming in at ninth.

• In Control
In the Gauchos' first three games, the pitching staff has recorded 30 strikeouts compared to just five walks. Last year three Gauchos - Jesse Meaux, Greg Davis and Nick Loredo - finished in the top-10 in the Big West in fewest walks.

• A Parade of Bats
In scoring 28 runs in their first three games (9.33 per game) and recording 36 hits (12 per game) the Gauchos have a combined batting average of .340 with a .416 on-base percentage. Seven players - the regular starters - have hits in all three games thus far while Steven Moon, Ryan Palermo and Trevor Whyte have RBIs in three straight games.

Projected Starters

Day	Pitcher	Last start
Friday	RHP Jesse Meaux	DNP - rainout
Saturday RHP Matt Vedo 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K's
Sunday RHP Greg Davis 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K's

The Bob Brontsema File
The 2011 season is the 30th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement in the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 18th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 880 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Mar. 28, 2010 - is third in overall career winning percentage and third in career conference winning percentage. He also holds the record for most Division I wins in school history. His 18 years as Gaucho head coach tie him for the longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, with Dave Gorrie (1960-77). The dean of Big West coaches, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and first in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema. The Big West Conference is consistently ranked as one of the toughest baseball conferences in the country. Brontsema has managed seven former Gauchos who are currently in the Major Leagues or have major league experience (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr & Chris Valaika, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Los Angeles Angels' Virgil Vasquez, Texas' Michael Young and San Francisco's Barry Zito) and his 2009 squad tied a school record by having nine players drafted. Fifty-five of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 72 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.

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A donation to the Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the One Donation is Gold system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

The Gaucho Fund, launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan, is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign.