Gauchos Host Cal Poly for Three Games Starting Friday

April 5, 2011

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• The Schedule
Friday April 8, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday April 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly (10-13, 2-1)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Mustangs - 84-57-1
Last series win - 2010 (4/9 - 4/11 @ Cal Poly; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2009 (4/24 - 4/26 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - W, 10-3 @ Cal Poly; 4/11/10
Streak - Won 2
All three games broadcast live online by clicking here
Live stats available via Gametracker
Tickets available by clicking here

• Listen Up!
All UCSB baseball games will be broadcast live online - click here for the schedule! Beginning on Friday, all Big West games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara. The remainder of UCSB baseball games - including midweek contests - will continue to stream live online. Our broadcast page will have all gameday information.

• Slugging Sean
Senior second baseman Sean Williams is leading the Big West in batting average (.382) and slugging percentage (.551) and is aiming to be the first Gaucho since Bill Geivett (.412) in 1985 to lead the conference in batting average. Williams is also seventh in the conference in on-base percentage (.424). The Costa Mesa, Calif. native has hits in 10 of his last 11 games - and five straight - going 20 for 46 (.435) in that stretch with five extra base hits and eight RBI while raising his average 42 points. Williams has reached base in all but one game this season.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Barely trailing Williams is senior Mark Haddow, who boasts a batting average of .325 (eighth in the Big West), a slugging percentage of .542 (second) and an on-base percentage of .418 (ninth). Haddow also leads the conference in triples and is third in stolen bases. Last weekend the San Diego native was 5-for-11 with four RBI.

• Whyte is All Right
Senior Trevor Whyte has reached base in 19 straight games and all but one this season. Over his last seven games, Whyte is batting .400 (10-for-25) and his seven doubles and 18 RBI are both second on the team.

• U-C-S-B Spells Relief
Over the Gauchos' past 17 games, the bullpen has been very good. The relief corps have combined for a 2.62 ERA (16 earned runs in 55.0 IP), allowing just 48 hits and 13 walks - for a 1.11 WHIP - while striking out 41 batters.

• Slick Nicks
Seniors Nick Capito and Nick Loredo had good weekends vs. San Jose State. Capito made his first start of the year on Sunday and allowed just two hits and an unearned run in 5.2 innings, earning his first win since April 1, 2010. Loredo saved Sunday's game - his third this season - and has struck out 25 batters this year in 29.0, one more than he K'd in all of 2010 in 55.2 innings.

By the Numbers
84
The number of wins the Gauchos have over Cal Poly in program history, the most vs. any opponent. The next closest is Long Beach State, whom UCSB has beaten 71 times.

UCSB Quick Fact
When Sean Williams and Mark Haddow won back-to-back Big West Player of the Week awards (March 21 & 28), they were the first Gauchos to do so since Mike Kolbach and Chad Peshke did so in April, 2001.

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.

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