March 15, 2010

Mario Hollands Named Pitcher of the Week by Three Organizations

March 15, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior left-handed pitcher Mario Hollands was honored again after another dominating performance, collecting three Pitcher of the Week awards on Monday. Hollands tied the school record with 16 strikeouts last Friday vs. Northern Illinois, tossing a complete-game in the 8-1 victory.

On Monday he was rewarded as he collected Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Pitcher of the Week, Big West Pitcher of the Week and Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable Player of the Week honors. This is the second time in three weeks that Hollands has taken the conference's Pitcher of the Week award and the second time in as many seasons he's been honored by Collegiate Baseball.

Hollands, a native of El Cerrito, Calif., tossed his third career complete game, allowing five hits and one run in addition to the 16 strikeouts. The school-record tying performance puts Hollands in select company as only two other Gauchos achieved that mark. Walt Rehm was the first to strike out 16 in a game, doing so against Westmont on March 26, 1970. The record was tied by Barry Zito against New Mexico State on April 5, 1997.

"His performance was certainly dominant and these honors are well-deserved," UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema said. "He's been everything we hoped for this season and we plan on riding him for awhile."

Hollands is 2-0 in three starts this year with a 2.05 ERA. He has struck out 23 hitters in 22.0 innings pitched and opponents are hitting just .184 off him. The 2008 All-American and Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year opened this season with eight shutout innings vs. San Jose State.

Hollands and the Gauchos will host a three-game series with New Mexico State this weekend with a Saturday doubleheader scheduled to start at noon. Sunday's game will be at 11 a.m. All three games will be at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

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Season tickets are still available for UCSB baseball games with season plans starting as low as $50! Plus, all fans who purchase a season ticket will receive a free UCSB hat! Click here for more information.

The baseball team, along with all other UCSB teams, are part of the Gauchos Give Tickets program. Gauchos Give Tickets provides the opportunity for local businesses, non-profit, and charitable groups to attend regular season Gaucho home games for FREE! Along with the free tickets, groups can receive recognition during the game, participate in game promotions, and get a visit from Olé!.

Back again for the 2010 season is the Baseball Buddies program which allows youth teams to come to weekend Gaucho games and take the field with the Gauchos! The teams will also receive autographs from their favorite players and sing the 7th Inning Stretch. Please contact Alan Cassinelli in the Marketing office at (805) 893-4629 for more information or e-mail him alan.cassinelli@athletics.ucsb.edu.

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