March 16, 2011

UCSB Hosts Nevada for Three Games This Weekend

March 16, 2011

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• The Schedule
Saturday March 19, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday March 19, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday March 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Nevada (4-9)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Wolf Pack - 17-14
Last series win - 1999 (3/12 - 3/14 @ Nevada; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2000 (3/31 - 4/2 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Wolf Pack - L, 7-4 @ UCSB, 4/2/00)
Streak - Lost 1
All three games broadcast live online by clicking here
Tickets are available at the game, by calling 893-UCSB (8272) or by clicking here
Gametracker available for all Gaucho games by clicking here

• Gaucho Baseball is on the Air!
A majority of UCSB baseball games will be broadcast live this season online by clicking here. Once Big West Conference play begins on April 8, Gerry Fall, the voice of men's soccer and men's basketball, will have the play-by-play on AM 1290 and also online at the link above.

• Starting And Finishing
The Gauchos' four starters - Jesse Meaux, Matt Vedo, Greg Davis and Nick Loredo - have been doing it at both ends of the game. As starters, the quartet is averaging just over 6 innings per start and have recorded all seven of the team's wins. Loredo, Davis and Vedo have all saved games (Loredo leads UCSB with two saves) as well. The Gaucho foursome also boast a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.5 to 1.

• Doing It At The Dish
The only two regulars hitting over .300 - Sean Williams and Mark Haddow - are also the only two Gauchos with on-base percentages above .400. Williams, who is hitting a team-high .353, has reached base in all but one game this season and has an OBP of .404. Haddow, hitting .311, has reached base in all but two games this season and leads the team with a .418 OBP. The duo are also among the top-10 in the Big West in slugging percentage as Williams is slugging .529 (eighth among conference players) and Haddow has a slugging percentage of .533 (sixth in the conference).

• Whyte is All Right
Senior Trevor Whyte leads the Gauchos with his 11 RBI, but it should come as no surprise since he's hitting .318 with runners on base.

• Putting the `K' in Nick
Senior Nick Loredo has been brilliant of late - he is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and two saves. But he also leads the team with 20 strikeouts in 20.0 innings after punching out just 24 batters in 55.2 innings last season. Even better: Loredo has walked just three batters.

• Welcome Bak, Zak
Highly-touted junior pitcher Zak Edgington, from nearby Santa Barbara City College, made his UCSB debut last weekend by pitching a scoreless inning in relief and striking out a batter. Edgington missed the first three weekends due to injury.

Projected Starters

Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start
Sat. G1 RHP Jesse Meaux 1-1, 3.48 ERA 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 K's (ND)
Sat. G2 RHP Matt Vedo 2-2, 3.57 ERA 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K's (W)
Sunday RHP Greg Davis 2-0, 2.86 ERA 7.1 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 K (ND)

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.

To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

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.

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