Gauchos Head to AT&T Park for Weekend Tournament
March 9, 2011
Cal Baseball Classic, presented by Safeway
Friday March 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. USF (5-7)
at AT&T Park (41,915)
Live stats available by clicking here
Game broadcast live on KCSB
Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start
Friday RHP Jesse Meaux 1-1, 4.02 ERA 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 8 K's (W)
Saturday RHP Matt Vedo 1-2, 4.91 ERA 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K's (L)
Sunday RHP Greg Davis 2-0, 3.68 ERA 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 K's (W)
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Putting the `K' in Nick
Senior Nick Loredo has been brilliant of late - he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a save. But he also leads the team with 19 strikeouts in 19.0 innings after punching out just 24 batters in 55.2 innings last season. Even better: Loredo has walked just three batters.
The Gauchos have nearly a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio with 70 punchouts vs. 25 walks. The 25 free passes are the fewest in the Big West. Last year three Gauchos - Jesse Meaux, Greg Davis and Nick Loredo - finished in the top-10 in the Big West in fewest walks.
Entering the week, UCSB ranks third in the Big West with its .295 batting average - as well as its .382 on-base percentage. Mark Haddow, who reached base in the first nine games of the season, has a .563 slugging percentage is fifth among conference players.
Bringing `Em Home
Senior Trevor Whyte leads the team with his 10 RBI, also ranking fifth in the Big West. Whyte, who led all the Gauchos returnees with 34 RBI last year, is batting .375 with runners in scoring position.
Leadoff hitter Ben Edelstein went 9 for 16 last week (.563).
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.
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 73 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only eight had been drafted before entering UCSB.
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