Baseball Hosts San Jose State for Three Games This Weekend

April 1, 2011

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• The Schedule
Friday April 1, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday April 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday April 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Jose State (17-7)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Spartans - 37-48
Last series win - 2005 (2/11 - 2/13 @ SJSU; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2010 (2/27 - 2/28 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Spartans - L, 4-2 @ UCSB, 2/28/10
Streak - Lost 2
All three games broadcast live online by clicking here
Live stats available via Gametracker

Projected Starters
Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start

Fri RHP Jesse Meaux 2-2, 4.18 ERA 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (L)

Sat RHP Matt Vedo 3-3, 3.82 ERA 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (L)

Sun RHP Greg Davis 3-0, 2.08 ERA 5.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (W)

• 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.

• Gauchos Go Back-to-Back
Following Sean Williams' honor as Big West Player of the Week, Mark Haddow received the same honor after driving in six runs and going 6-for-16 last week. They are the first Gaucho duo to repeat as the conference's Player of the Week since Mike Kolbach and Chad Peshke went back-to-back in April, 2001. Haddow, a senior, has reached base in all but three games this season.

• Phreshman Phenom
Freshman Brandon Trinkwon has reached base in eight of his last 11 plate appearances and is 7-for-10 over the last three games.

• U-C-S-B Spells Relief
Over the Gauchos' past 14 games, the bullpen has been outstanding. The relief corps have combined for a 2.06 ERA (10 earned runs in 43.2 IP), allowing just 34 hits and eight walks - for a 0.96 WHIP - while striking out 32 batters.

• Davis is Doing It
Senior Greg Davis is 3-0 with three saves and a 2.08 ERA. That mark is second in the Big West. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native has allowed just seven earned runs this season and six of those came in a March 6 start vs. Sacramento State.

• Starting And Finishing
The Gauchos' quartet of 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 nearly six innings per start and have recorded all 11 of the team's wins. Loredo, Davis and Vedo have all saved games (Davis leads the team with three) as well. The Gaucho foursome also boast a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.2 to 1.

• Whyte is All Right
Senior Trevor Whyte has reached base in 16 straight games and all but one this season. His .413 on-base percentage is second on the team and his 15 RBI are tied for the most on the team.

UCSB Quick Fact
Since winning the season series vs. San Jose State in 2006, the Gauchos are 4-7 vs. the Spartans since. In each of the last two years UCSB has won the Friday game before dropping both the Saturday and Sunday games.

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.