March 18, 2005

Gauchos Will Play Five Games in Six Days During Busy Spring Break

March 18, 2005

The Schedule
Game No. 22
Monday , March 21, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB vs. Stony Brook at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium

Game No. 23
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
UCSB at Cal Poly at Baggett Stadium

Games No. 24, 25 and 26
Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26, 2005
UCSB vs. Oral Roberts at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Note: Thursday and Friday games will begin at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday's game will begin at 1:00 p.m.

2005 Record
After dropping to 8-10, the UC Santa Barbara rebounded to take two out of three games from Loyola Marymount lastt weekend, improving to 10-11 overall.

The Gauchos On KIST
Beginning with the March 22 game at Cal Poly, all but three of UCSB's remaining games will be broadcast live on KIST 1340 AM in Santa Barbara. In addition, all games carried on KIST will be linked to the Gauchos' Official Website at www.UCSBgauchos.com. They will be part of the CollegeSports Network's College Sports Pass. KEYT-TV Sports Director Gerry Fall will call all the action.

A Look At Last Weekend
Santa Barbara won its fourth series of the season, taking two out of three games last weekend at home against Loyola Marymount. The Gauchos cruised to a 14-7 victory on Friday, March 13, and blanked the Lions 6-0 in Sunday's series finale. UCSB dropped Saturday's affair, 4-2. In the series opener, Santa Barbara's bats exploded for 14 runs on 17 hits. Freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem went a perfect 5-for-5 with six RBI. Senior shortstop Chris Malec went 3-for-6 with a home run (2), three RBI and four runs scored. Junior starting pitcher Michael Martin (2-1) won his second game of the season by hurling 6.2 innings and giving up only four earned runs. In Saturday's game two, designated hitter Aidem continued to swing a hot bat going 2-for-4, and senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson hit his third home run of the season but LMU put up four runs in the top of the seventh to log the victory. Starter Steve Morlock (1-4) looked very impressive pitching 6.1 innings allowing only two earned runs and one hit in defeat. In Sunday's rubber match, sophomore starting pitcher Andy Graham (3-1) pitched the Gauchos to thier first shutout of the season. Graham tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and struck out six as he picked-up his third victory of the 2005 campign. Relievers Loren Fraser and Alex McRobbie each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the UCSB shutout. Junior first baseman Bill Rowe drove in three and, once again, Aidem torched the Lions pitching staff going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.

UCSB Flame Throwers
Since the Gauchos play five games in seven days starting on Monday, March 21, head coach Bob Brontsema and pitching coach Tom Myers got creative in this week's rotation. Junior staring pitcher Steve Morlock (1-4, 6.29 ERA), fresh off an impressive outing against LMU, will take the mound Monday against Stony Brook. On Tuesday, in UCSB's one game non-conference match-up at Cal Poly, senior Loren Fraser (1-2, 3.42 ERA) will get his second start of the 2005 campagin. Fraser's only other start was on March 9 against the Mustangs in Cal Poly. In a no decision, Fraser pithced 4.0 innings and allowed one earned run and two hits. On Thursday, when Oral Roberts comes to Caesar Uyesaka to begin a three-game set, sophomore Anday Graham (3-1, 3.04 ERA) will get the start. On Friday, junior Michael Martin (2-1, 4.70 ERA) will be going for his second straight win. Morlock is penciled-in the to make the start in Saturday's series finale.

The Brontsema File
2005 marks the 24th year of head coach Bob Brontsema's involvement in the UCSB baseball program. He is now in his 12th season as head coach, after ten years as an assistant and two as a player. With a 6-1 victory over San Jose State on Sunday February 13, Brontsema became the third coach in school history to collect career victory no .300. The Gaucho skipper currently owns a record of 306-301. He has been selected Big West Coach of the Year twice, in 1996 when he guided the Gauchos to a 32-20 record and an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament, and in 2001, when he led the team to a 40-17 mark and another NCAA tourney berth. The .701 winning percentage in 2001 was the best in school history. In 2004, Brontsema's Gauchos posted the second-most overall wins in his career as head coach, going 33-21. Milestone dates in Brontsema's coaching career include win no. 100 in 1997, win no. 200 in 2001, and win no. 300 in 2005.

Probable Gaucho Starters
C - Matt Kalafatis - Has started all 21 games at catcher.
1B - Bill Rowe - Tallied three RBI in Sunday's victory.
2B - Alden Carrithers - Two RBI in Friday's first start of the season.
SS - Malec - Leads the team with six doubles.
3B - David Figoni - Currently riding a 16 game hitting streak.
LF -David Harrit - Tallied one RBI in Sunday's 6-0 win.
CF - Matt Emerick - A perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
RF - Matt Wilkerson - Leading the Big West with 23 RBI.
DH - Matt Aidem - Went 5-for-5 with six RBI in Friday's win.

The Men On The Hill

Monday vs. Stony Brook
Steve Morlock (1-4) 6.29 ERA

Tuesday at Cal Poly
Loren Fraser (1-2) 3.42 ERA

Thursday vs. Oral Roberts
Andy Graham (3-1) 3.04 ERA

Friday vs. Oral Roberts
Michael Martin (2-1) 4.70 ERA

Saturday vs. Oral Robarts
Steve Morlock (1-4) 6.29 ERA

This Week On "As the Streak Continues"
With two hits on Friday and Saturday and with a hit on Sunday, senior third baseman David Figoni extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He is 19 games short of the current UCSB record held by Ryan Spillborghs. In 2001, Spilborghs hit safely in 35 straight games.

A Series To Remember
Freshman designated hitter Matt Aidem had a series that the LMU pitching staff would like to forget. In three games, the Valencia, Calif. native went 9-for-14 (.692) with seven RBI and one run scored. In Friday's series opener, Aidem went a perfect 5-for-5 with six RBI. Going 5-for-5 was feat that had not be accompished since Mike Kolbach did it against Sacramento State on April 21, 2001.

Climbing the Ladder
With his third home run in Saturday's 4-2 loss to LMU, senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson climbed to no. 4 on the all-time career home run list with 32. Wilkerson is now tied with former Gaucho infielder Rich Haar (1990-93) and is two homers shy of becoming no. 3 all-time. With nine more round-trippers this season, Wilkerson will tie former UCSB third baseman Dave Willis (1994-97) for the no. 1 slot. With his 10th home run of the season and 42nd of his career , Wilkerson will be the UCSB all-time leader.

Speaking of the Seawolves
Entering play this weekend, Stony Brook holds a 4-5 record, winning two of out of three games last weekend at Delaware. The 2004 American East Champions has yet to play a home game being from New York and begins their west coast tour this weekend in Irvine as they face UC Irvine, USC and Nevada before traveling up to Santa Barbara. on Monday. Right fielder Isidro Fortuna leads the Seawolves with a .412 batting average and 14 hits. Center fielder Andrew Larson has started all nine games as is batting .351 with 13 hits, one home run, five doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored.

Series Record
Monday will be the first ever meeting between UCSB and Stony Brook.

Defense Is the Name of the Game
Through the first 21 games this season, the Gauchos lead the Big West Conference with a .971 fielding percentage. UCSB has also turned a league leading 20 double plays. Senior shortstop Chris Malec leads the Big West with 79 assists.

Walk This Way
This season, Gaucho batters have shown a good eye at the plate. Through 21 games played, UCSB has received 107 free passes to first base, which is tops in the Big West Conference. UCSB averages 5.1 walks per game and has four players (Chris Malec (15), Matt Wikerson (13), David Figoni (13) and Bill Rowe (13)) that rank in the top seven in walks in the Big West.

Mustang Musings
Before hosting Washington for a three-game series, the Mustang own a 14-9 record. Cal Poly is led by right fielder Matt Cooper who paces the team with a .338 batting average, 27 hits, seven doubles, four home runs and 46 total bases. On the mound, ace Garrent Olson is 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA and leads the team with 53.1 innings pitched and 56 strike outs.

Series History
The Gauchos and Mustangs have split two games this season. UCSB outlasted Cal Poly at home 11-8 on March 1 and the Mustangs returned the favor defeating the Gauchos 4-2 on March 9 at Bagget Stadium. With those two affairs included, UCSB holds at 78-37 edge in the all-time series history.

Golden Eagle Gossip
Before this weekends match-up with Texas-Pan American and Tuesday's ball game with Wichita State, ORU owns a 9-6 record having just won the Alamo City Classic over UTSA 5-4. The Golden Eagles are led by infielder Michal Hollimon who is batting .317 with three home runs, five doubles, 16 RBI and 33 total bases. Starting pitcher Dennis Bigley is 3-0 and holds a 2.70 ERA in 30.0 innings pitched.

Series History
This weekends series will be the first ever match-up between UCSB and Oral Roberts.