Gauchos Host LMU on Tuesday, Open Conference Play at Cal Poly

Gauchos Host LMU on Tuesday, Open Conference Play at Cal Poly

April 6, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday April 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount (14-12)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Lions - 67-61-1
Last win - 2010 (4-1 @ LMU; 3/2)
Last loss - 2008 (6-3 @ LMU; 3/1)
Last series win - 2009 (3/6 - 3/8 vs. LMU; 4-0)
Last series loss - 2006 (3/3 - 3/5 @ LMU; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Lions - W, 4-1 (3/2/10)
Streak - Won 7
Game available on Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Friday April 9, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday April 10, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday April 11, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (8-18, 1-2)
at Cal Poly's Baggett Stadium (1,734)
Series record vs. the Mustangs - 81-60-1
Last win - 2009 (6-5 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 4/24)
Last loss - 2009 (15-7 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 4/26)
Last series win - 2008 (4/25 - 4/27 @ Cal Poly; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2009 (4/24 - 4/26 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - L, 15-7 (4/26/09)
Streak - Lost 2
All three games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at - Click here to listen live.
Games available on Gametracker
Games streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• 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 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.

• Kaput From Capito
Nick Capito's best performance as a Gaucho made him stand out in several areas. The junior left-hander tossed a complete game shutout last Thursday at Sacramento State, allowing seven hits while striking out a career-high six batters. The Whittier, Calif. native was awarded as a Big West Co-Pitcher of the Week and became the first Gaucho to earn consecutive complete game victories since James Garcia did so in his All-American season in 2001. Capito, 4-2, holds a 2.89 ERA which ranks him fifth in the conference. His seven walks are second-fewest in the conference while his 14 earned runs allowed are tied for fourth-fewest in the Big West.

• Start Me Up
UCSB's strength this season has rested on the shoulders of its starting pitchers - Capito, Mario Hollands, Jesse Meaux and Nick Loredo. The foursome have combined to post a 4.00 ERA and as a staff, the Gauchos' starting pitchers are averaging just over 6.2 innings per start. In the team's 22 games, a Gaucho starting pitcher has completed six innings in all but five games and only twice this season has a starter failed to reach the sixth inning.

• Super Mario
Though he's lost his past two decisions, left-hander Mario Hollands remains one of the conference's elite pitchers. Hollands sports a 3.00 ERA, which is seventh in the conference and his 46 strikeouts rank third in the Big West. The El Cerrito, Calif. native is tied with Capito for fourth-fewest earned runs allowed in the Big West. Hollands' .245 batting average against ranks sixth in the conference.

• Like the Musician, Our Beck Has Nothing But Hits
Beck Wheeler's .364 batting average leads the team (amongst regulars) as does his nine multi-hit games and his .545 slugging percentage. Wheeler, who transferred from Orange Coast College, hit his first two Division 1 home runs last week at Sacramento State and is tied for the most multi-RBI games on the team with four. The San Diego native already had a seven-game hitting streak this season and currently holds a six-game streak. When Wheeler hits either third or fifth in the lineup the Gauchos are 8-4.

• UCSB Quick Fact
In home games, the Gauchos are averaging 7.4 runs per game (scoring 89 runs in 12 games) while on the road UCSB is averaging 6.0 runs per game (scoring 60 runs in 10 games).

• By the Numbers
128 - Number of games between times in which the Gauchos were shutout. Before losing 3-0 at Sacramento State on Saturday, the last shutout was May 25, 2008 at #9 UC Irvine.

• Gunnar Shades
Senior centerfielder Gunnar Terhune isn't the prototypical leadoff hitter as he is tied for third on the team with 15 RBI and is tied for most multi-RBI games with four. Terhune has the most three-hit games on the Gauchos while his 16 runs scored are tied for second on the team. The San Diego native sports a solid .370 on-base percentage and has four stolen bases, which is second on the team.

• Great Scott, Marty!
Senior catcher Marty Mullins is second on UCSB with his .877 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and is batting .293, which is third on the team. Mullins, who hails from Los Gatos, Calif., is tied for the team lead with his .411 on-base percentage and is third with a .466 slugging percentage. His 14 runs scored are third on the team and his 11 RBI are fifth.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Junior rightfielder Mark Haddow leads the team with 43 total bases and it's easy to see why. His name is scattered throughout UCSB's leaderboard. The San Diego native is tied with Mullins for the highest on-base percentage at .411 while his .544 slugging percentage is second. Haddow's 15 RBI is third on the team and his 16 runs scored are second while his six stolen bases are a team high.

• Tregoning's Treat
Since being inserted into the starting lineup on a regular basis on March 20, Ryan Tregoning has hit .391 and raised his batting average to .292, which is fourth-best among regulars. Since March 20, the San Jose, Calif. native has knocked in five of his nine RBI and hit two of his three doubles. Tregoning has a .393 on-base percentage.

• Viva 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 17 runs and scored 20 runs, each of which is tops on the team. His .398 on-base percentage is second on the Gauchos.

• 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 447-439-2 and has led the Gauchos to at least 25 victories in 11 of his 16 previous seasons.

• See You at CU
With an 8-4 record at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, the Gauchos are 44-21 at home since the 2008 season for a .677 winning percentage.

• 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 has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Sunday, Mar. 28 this season - 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 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.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF 15 RBI are tied for third on squad
10 Sean Williams 2B Has started all 22 games at 2B
22 Beck Wheeler DH Hit first 2 collegiate HR last weekend
25 Mark Haddow RF His .955 OPS is best on team
8 Matt Valaika SS Leads team in RBI and runs scored
35 Trevor Whyte 1B Does not have an RBI in last 7 games
26 Marty Mullins C .293 average is third on Gauchos
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Hitting .391 over last 8 games
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Tallied 5 RBI last weekend @ Sac State

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Tues 34 Greg Davis Has not allowed a run in last 3 outings
Fri 11 Mario Hollands 3rd in Big West in strikeouts, 7th in ERA
Sat 28 Jesse Meaux 8 ER last Sat. was most ever in start
Sun 20 Nick Capito Reigning BW Pitcher of the Week

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly).

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.