Gauchos Host Pepperdine on Tuesday, Travel to UC Davis on Thursday

April 6, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (17-9) vs. Pepperdine (17-13) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Waves - (52-57)
2008 season record vs. the Waves - (1-2)
Game broadcast live on kcsb.org
Game available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

Thursday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 3-3) at UC Davis (5-21, 0-3) at UC Davis' Dobbins Baseball Complex
Series record vs. the Aggies - (6-8)
2008 season record vs. the Aggies - (1-2)
Game available online through Gametracker

• Coming Up
UCSB continues a grueling stretch of 12 games in 16 days this week as the Gauchos host Pepperdine on Tuesday and then play a three-game series beginning on Thursday at UC Davis. So far in the current stretch, the Gauchos are 4-4 after winning the weekend series vs. Pacific.

• Cinco Packs Now Available
The Athletics Department is now offering Cinco Packs for baseball. These five game, customizable ticket packages allows fans to mix and match five baseball and softball games for one low price. And, every time a fan shows their Cinco Pack ticket at a baseball game, they receive a free Baseball Bingo! card where winners receive a premium giveaway. For more information, visit the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus, call 893-UCSB or click here.

Probable Starting Lineup

Batting No. Name Pos. Yr. 2009 Notes
1. 5 Gunnar Terhune LF Jr. Has hits in 12 of his past 14 games
2. 16 Brian Gump CF Sr. Tied for second on team with 5 HR
3. 21 Eric Oliver 1B Sr. Hit .450 last week with 10 RBI and 7 R's
4. 4 Ryan Cavan 3B Jr. Team-high .386 avg., 19 BB; .486 OBP
5. 8 Matt Valaika 2B Jr. .318 avg & 21 RBI both third on team
6. 7 John DeAlba DH Sr. Has hits in 5 of his past 6 games
7. 26 Marty Mullins C Jr. .338 avg., .577 slug. pct. both 2nd on team
8. 22 Shane Carlson SS Sr. Just 1 hit in past 12 at-bats
9. 25 Mark Haddow RF So. Leads team with 3 triples

Probable Starting Pitchers

Tuesday 34 Greg Davis RHP So. 1-0, 1.42 ERA in 4 appearances
Thursday 18 Joe Gardner RHP Jr. Gauchos are 6-1 in his starts
Friday 11 Mario Hollands LHP So. Leads team with 45.2 innings pitched
Saturday TBA

• Sak It To Me
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium has provided a nice home field advantage for the Gauchos. Following up a 24-6 record at home last year UCSB has started this season 9-3 in the friendly confines. The Gauchos' overall ERA is nearly one-and-a-half runs fewer than their opponents at Caesar Uyesaka and the team is hitting over 20 points higher than the opposition.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded 11 RBI in his past six games and has recorded multi-hit games in five of his past eight games, raising his average 37 points in that stretch. Oliver batted .450 last week (9-for-20) with five of his hits going for extra bases. The senior from Irvine, Calif. also scored seven runs last week and has recorded an extra-base hit in six of his past eight games. His 28 RBI are fifth in the Big West.

• Dimpled Chads
With a series win over Pacific last weekend and a midweek split with then-No. 21 ranked San Diego State the Gauchos are again receiving votes in the USA Today poll.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Through the season's first eight games, Gunnar Terhune's average stood at .194. However in his past 14 games, Terhune has hit in 12 contests, raising his average to a healthy .314. In that time Terhune has moved from the ninth spot in the order to the team's leadoff batter and has batted .382 (21-for-55) with 10 runs and 10 RBI.

• Not Bubba ... It's Brian Gump
Senior Brian Gump has recorded hits in 11 of his past 12 starts and recorded 12 RBI in that span with 13 runs. Gump has eight multi-hit games - tied for third on the team - and his .402 on-base percentage is tied for second on the team. The Westminster, Calif. native has belted a career-best five home runs this season and leads the Big West with 32 runs scored.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .301 batting average ranks fifth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .492 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 101 extra-base hits are first in the conference. The Gauchos are first in triples (11) and home runs (30), while ranking second in doubles (60).

• Captain Cavan
Junior Ryan Cavan ranks sixth in the Big West with his team-leading .386 batting average and is fourth in the conference with his team-high .486 on-base percentage. His 19 walks are tied for second in the league while his 11 multi-hit games pace the Gauchos.

• V For Valaika
Junior Matt Valaika tallied seven RBI last week, giving him 21, which is tied for third on the team. Valaika has six multi-RBI games this season, which is third on the team. The Valencia, Calif. native batted .316 last week and is hitting .318 this year, third on the squad.

• Gardner Mows `Em Down
Junior pitcher Joe Gardner ranks seventh in the Big West with his 3.30 ERA and his 39 strikeouts are tied for third. When the Fremont, Calif. native pitches, the Gauchos are 6-1. Overall, Gardner is 4-0 and second on the team with 43.2 innings pitched.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple formula that when you score first, you win. When UCSB scores in the first inning, they are 7-2. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 11-2.

• Mullins It Over
Catcher Marty Mullins is second on the team with a .338 average and .577 slugging percentage. The junior has tallied 11 extra-base hits, third on the team. Mullins tied a school record vs. Cal State Northridge when he belted three doubles in one game, part of his 5-for-5 day.

• Super Mario
Sophomore left-hander Mario Hollands (3-2, 4.14 ERA) has gone at least six innings in all of his starts this season and ranks fifth in the Big West with his 45.2 innings pitched this season. Hollands, the conference's Freshman Pitcher of the Year last season, is allowing opponents to bat just .252 against him, which is seventh-best in the Big West. He has struck out 15 batters looking this season, third in the conference. Gardner is second in league with 18 K's looking.

• 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.

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