Baseball Travels to Sac State for Three

March 31, 2010

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• The Schedule
Thursday April 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday April 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday April 3, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Sacramento State (7-14-1)
at Sacramento State's Hornet Field (1,267)
Series record vs. the Hornets - 24-19-2
Last win - 2004 (10-1 @ Sac. State; 4/4)
Last loss - 2003 (4-1 vs. Sac. State; 4/1)
Last series win - 2004 (4/2 - 4/4, @ Sac. State; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2000 (3/17 - 3/19 @ Sac. State; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Hornets - W, 10-1 (4/4/04)
All three games broadcast live via hornetsports.com - click here to listen

• Brontsema Sets Wins Mark
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema passed Al Ferrer (1981-93) for the most victories ever by a Gaucho coach as he secured No. 446 following last Sunday's 11-6 win over USF. Brontsema is already the school's record-holder for the most Division I victories and he is the Big West's active wins leader with 176 career conference victories. In his career Brontsema is 446-437-2 and has led the Gauchos to at least 25 victories in 11 of his 16 previous seasons.

• Hollands, Valaika Among Top in Nation
Senior shortstop Matt Valaika and junior pitcher Mario Hollands solidified their standing among the nation's elite when each were named to Player of the Year watch lists, courtesy of The College Baseball Foundation. Valaika, who led the Gauchos in batting average and slugging percentage last season, was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, an award that is given annually to the nation's best shortstop. Hollands, who has twice been named a Big West Pitcher of the Week, was named to The College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Click here to read more.

• Gaucho Baseball On The Radio
New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play duties with every Big West weekend series scheduled to air live on the radio and streaming live online. Click here for more information and a schedule of baseball games on the air!

• Look Like the Gauchos!
Earlier this year UCSB revealed a new look and the baseball team is sporting some new logos and uniforms on the field. Be sure to come to the baseball team's home games to outfit yourself in the new gear! Click here to take a look at the new logos and uniforms the Gauchos are wearing. All new gear is available for purchase at UCSB home baseball games.

• Let's Talk Some Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• UCSB Quick Fact
UCSB starting pitchers have completed at least six full innings in all but four of the Gauchos' games. As a staff, UCSB starting pitchers are averaging just over 6.2 innings pitched per outing.

• By the Numbers
446 - Career victories by UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema, giving him the school's all-time record.

• Terrific Trio
The three UCSB starters from last weekend - Mario Hollands, Nick Capito and Jesse Meaux - were especially sharp and rank among some of the best starters in the Big West. All three are in the top-10 in fewest earned runs allowed and as a trio they are 9-4 with a 3.16 ERA.

• Kaput From Capito
Capito became the second Gaucho to throw a complete game this season - Hollands is the other - when he limited USF to just seven hits and two runs while striking out three and not walking a batter. The native of Whittier, Calif. threw just 99 pitches in his first career Division 1 complete game. Capito, slated to start on Thursday at Sacramento State, is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA. He leads the Big West in fewest walks allowed (five) and his 14 earned runs is ninth-lowest in the conference while his ERA is 11th in the Big West.

• Super Mario
Despite his toughest start of the season, Hollands still ranks among the best in the Big West. The junior lefty - who struck out 29 batters in his previous two starts, the most since Barry Zito struck out 30 batters in consecutive starts in April, 1997 - leads the Gauchos with his 2.91 ERA. That ranks fourth in the Big West as does his .221 batting average against. Hollands' 39 strikeouts and 11 earned runs both rank third.

• Gimme Some Meaux
Saturday's probable starter, Jesse Meaux, is second on the team with his 3.34 ERA, which also ranks him ninth in the Big West. In his five starts, Meaux has been even better, posting a 2.91 ERA. His four wins lead the team and are tied for fourth in the conference. The Glendale, Calif. native has also equaled his career wins total this season and in his UCSB career, Meaux is 8-1.

• V is For Valaika
Matt Valaika enjoyed his first career two-homer game when he belted a pair last Sunday. The senior is tied for the team lead - with Mark Haddow - with four homers and his four multi-RBI games are tied for the team lead. Valaika has driven in 15 runs, tying him for second-most on the Gauchos. Valaika has scored a team-high 18 runs and is fifth on the squad with his .413 on-base percentage.

• Like the Musician, Our Beck Has Nothing But Hits
Beck Wheeler's .370 batting average leads the team as does his eight multi-hit games. Wheeler, who transferred from Orange Coast College, had a seven-game hitting streak earlier this season and is currently on a modest three-game hitting streak.

• Gunnar Shades
Senior centerfielder Gunnar Terhune has picked it up recently, batting .395 over his past 12 games. In his last five games Terhune is 6-for-16 with four RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases. With his .303 batting average, Terhune is over .300 for the first time this season.

• Whyte Out
First baseman Trevor Whyte, who transferred to UCSB from Saddleback JC, leads the Gauchos with his 16 RBI and is tied for the most multi-RBI games with four. Whyte's 22 hits are a team-best and he has six multi-hit games, which is second on the team.

• Great Scott, Marty!
Senior catcher Marty Mullins leads UCSB with his .984 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and is batting .333, which is third on the team. Mullins, who hails from Los Gatos, Calif., leads the team with his .455 on-base percentage and is second with a .529 slugging percentage. His 14 runs scored are third on the team and his 11 RBI are fifth. Mullins also has hits in six of his last seven games.

• Making His Mark
Junior rightfielder Mark Haddow leads the team with 38 total bases and it's easy to see why. His name is scattered throughout UCSB's leaderboard. The San Diego native leads the Gauchos with a .559 slugging percentage, is second among starters with a .415 on-base percentage while his 15 RBI are tied for second, as are his four home runs. Haddow is second on the team with both 15 runs scored and has enjoyed four multi-RBI games. He is also the team's leader with five stolen bases.

• Built Ford Tough
Senior right-hander Mike Ford is already in some UCSB top-10 career marks and with others in his sights. Ford, a 2007 All-American, is 10th in school history in strikeouts with 181 (trailing Michael Martin, 2003-08, by one). The Scottsdale, Ariz. native needs six wins for 10th all-time in career victories, three more starts to crack the top-10 list and needs to throw just 16 innings to break into the top-10 in that category.

• Tregoning's Treat
Ryan Tregoning went 5-for-10 over the weekend against USF with three RBI and two runs scored while adding a double, a triple and a stolen base. The senior is hitting .300 with a .404 OBP.

• How Offensive!
As a team, the Gauchos have five regulars hitting over .300 and are averaging 6.9 runs per game.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Hitting .395 (17-43) in last 12 games
10 Sean Williams 2B Has drawn a team-high 12 walks
22 Beck Wheeler DH Has team-best 8 multi-hit games
25 Mark Haddow RF Leads Gauchos with 38 total bases
35 Trevor Whyte 1B His 16 RBI paces team; as does his 22 hits
8 Matt Valaika SS 2 HR on Sun; tied for team lead with 4
26 Marty Mullins C .455 OBP tied for 10th in Big West
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Hit .500 in three weekend starts
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Has started all but one game this year

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Thurs 20 Nick Capito Has walked fewest batters in Big West
Fri 11 Mario Hollands 3rd in Big West in strikeouts, 4th in ERA
Sat 28 Jesse Meaux Has a 2.91 ERA in 5 starts this year

•The Bob Brontsema File

The 2010 season marks the 29th 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 17th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 856 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Brontsema is the school's all-time leader in 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 17 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, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and number one 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 six former Gauchos who are currently playing in the Major Leagues (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Pittsburgh's 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-three of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 69 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.