UCSB Hosts No. 21 San Diego State on Tuesday, Pacific Over Weekend

UCSB Hosts No. 21 San Diego State on Tuesday, Pacific Over Weekend

March 31, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (14-7) vs. No. 21 San Diego State (18-9) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Aztecs - (8-29)
2008 season record vs. the Aztecs - (N/A)
Game broadcast live on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego State at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium
Game available online through Gametracker

Friday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (14-7, 1-2) vs. Pacific (10-12, 3-0) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Tigers - (66-31)
2008 season record vs. the Tigers - (2-1)
Saturday's game broadcast live on kcsb.org
Sunday's game broadcast live on KCSB 91.9 FM
Game available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB plays a home and home with San Diego State on Tuesday and Wednesday - the first time the teams have met since 2004. The Gauchos then host Pacific over the April 3 weekend. Individual game and season tickets remain available from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB or by clicking here.

• Mata-D'oh!
UCSB entered last week ranked as high as No. 19, breaking into the top-20 for the first time since 1990. The Gauchos were ranked in three other polls and receiving votes in two more. However after a 1-3 week that included UCSB's first series loss of the season, the Gauchos have dropped out of all four polls and are no longer receiving votes in the other two polls.

• Mullins It Over
As a team the Gauchos didn't have a great week, but junior catcher Marty Mullins sure did. The transfer from West Valley College was 7-for-13 (.538) with six runs scored and four RBI. Mullins went 5-for-5 last Friday, becoming the first Gaucho to do so since Brian Gump on Mar. 8 last year vs. Houston. In that game Mullins had three doubles, tying the school record, last achieved by teammate Eric Oliver on Feb. 28 last season. Because of his success last week, Mullins' average jumped 52 points. The Los Gatos, Calif. native has also thrown out seven of 15 would-be base-stealers.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Through the season's first eight games, Gunnar Terhune's average stood at .194. However in his past nine games, Terhune has hit in eight contests and has raised his average to a healthy .306. In that time Terhune has batted .419 (13-for-31) with three doubles and seven RBI.

• Cavan a Good Time
Ryan Cavan ranks second in the Big West with his .412 batting average. Without trying to jinx it and for informational purposes only, the last Gaucho to hit .400 was Skip Schumaker in 2001. UCSB's highest batting average in a season was Cy Williams' .434 mark (100-200 at-bats) in 1948, although Bill Geivett's .412 mark is considered the one to beat since he did it in 1985 with over 200 at-bats. Cavan's .500 on-base percentage is tied for second in the Big West.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .299 batting average ranks fourth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .500 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 86 extra-base hits are first in the conference while Santa Barbara ranks third in the conference in runs and RBI.

• Cummings and Goings
Third baseman Robby Cummings has 32 RBI, putting him atop the Big West heap in that category. The senior is averaging 1.6 RBI per game and has driven in a run in all but five of his 20 games. Cummings is tied for third in the conference with six home runs.

• Going, Going ... Gump
Senior Brian Gump has set a new career-high with five home runs - ranking seventh in the Big West - and the centerfielder has hit in seven of his past eight games. In that span Gump has knocked in 10 runs. His 11 stolen bases are third in the conference.

• Pitching Points
The UCSB pitching staff ranks third in the Big West in ERA (4.11) and their .266 batting average against is also third in the conference. Though UCSB's 143 strikeouts rank seventh in the nine-team conference, the Gauchos have K'd 56 batters looking, second in the conference.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded seven multi-hit games, which is tied with Robby Cummings for second on the team (behind Ryan Cavan's 10). Oliver is one of only two players to start all 21 games, yet has struck out just three times - fewest among starters. Over his past six games Oliver is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with nine RBI and five extra-base hits.

• A Positive Balance
UCSB has a 162-116 advantage in runs scored this season. They are averaging 7.7 runs per game as opposed to their opponents 5.5 per game, and they have scored 10 or more runs six times and nine in two other games. UCSB has also scored more than 20 runs twice this season.

• Hey, 19
When they were ranked No. 19 last week the Gauchos cracked the top-20 in a national poll for the first time since 2001 when UCSB was ranked No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball. The last time a UCSB team to be ranked higher than that came in 1990 when the Gauchos were No. 17 in the Sporting News poll.

• Early Returns
The college baseball Web site, Boyd's World, projects RPI ratings that are extremely accurate. In the latest projection, UCSB's RPI is No. 38 in the nation.

• BE Great
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

• Gauchos Give
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

Probable Starting Lineup

Batting No. Name Pos. Yr. 2009 Notes
1. 16 Brian Gump CF Sr. Has hit in 7 of past 8 games
2. 4 Ryan Cavan SS Jr. .412 average is second in Big West
3. 21 Eric Oliver 1B Sr. 18 RBI ranks third on team
4. 22 Shane Carlson DH Sr. Has been DH in 15 of 18 games played
5. 8 Matt Valaika 2B Jr. 14 RBI, 19 R in 18 games
6. 10 Robby Cummings 3B Sr. 32 RBI leads the Big West
7. 7 John DeAlba RF Sr. Started all three games at CSUN
8. 26 Marty Mullins C Jr. Batted .538 last week with 6 Rs, 5 RBI
9. 5 Gunnar Terhune LF Jr. Has hits in 8 of his past 9 games

Probable Starting Pitchers

Tuesday 28 Jesse Meaux RHP So. Has not allowed a home run in 17.1 IP
Wednesday 34 Greg Davis RHP So. Has pitched just 2.1 innings in 3 app.

• The Bob Brontsema File
The 2009 season marks the 28th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement with the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 16th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 830 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in over 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Entering this year, Brontsema ranks second in career wins, 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 16 years as Gaucho head coach give him the second longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, behind Dave Gorrie with 18 years. The dean of Big West coaches, he currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and No. 1 in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema.