April 12, 2010

UCSB Hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday, No. 22 Fullerton This Weekend

April 12, 2010

• The Schedule
Tuesday April 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine (11-16)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Waves - 55-60-3
Last win - 2009 (10-6 @ Pepperdine; 5/6)
Last loss - 2009 (8-6 vs. Pepperdine; 5/4)
Last series win - 2005 (2/4 - 2/6 vs. LMU; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2007 (3/24 - 3/26 @ Pepperdine; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Waves - W, 10-6 (5/6/09)
Streak - Won 1
Game available on Gametracker
Game streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Friday April 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday April 17, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday April 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. #22 Cal State Fullerton (18-12, 5-1)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Titans - 34-93
Last win - 2008 (10-2 vs. #12 CSUF; 5/3)
Last loss - 2009 (15-3 @ #5 CSUF; 5/3)
Last series win - 2007 (5/4 - 5/6 @ CSUF; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2009 (5/1 - 5/3 @ #5 CSUF; 0-3)
Last time out vs. the Titans - L, 15-3 (5/3/09)
Streak - Lost 4
Saturday & Sunday's games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com - Click here to listen live.
Games available on Gametracker
Games streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• Gunnar Shades Are Back!
Back by popular demand are Gunnar Shades - the sunglasses that made Gaucho centerfielder Gunnar Terhune famous! The first 250 UCSB students at Saturday's 1 p.m. game vs. Cal State Fullerton will receive a free pair of Gunnar Shades - click here to see it! And, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube page for all the latest UCSB Athletics videos.

• 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.

• 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.

• Starting Line
UCSB's strength this season has rested on the shoulders of its starting pitchers. The group - Mario Hollands, Nick Capito, Jesse Meaux and Nick Loredo - have combined for 11 of the Gauchos' 14 wins and a 4.09 ERA (which includes a three-inning start from Greg Davis). As a staff, UCSB's starting pitchers are averaging nearly 6.2 innings pitched per start and in the team's 26 games, a Gaucho starting pitcher has completed six innings all but seven times (which includes a "staff day"). The Gauchos have thrown five complete games, which is tops in the Big West.

• Gimme Some Meaux
Junior right-hander Jesse Meaux pitched his first career complete game on Sunday, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Meaux joins Hollands and Capito as the Gauchos who have thrown a complete game this season. Meaux is 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA, with his five victories tied for third-most in the Big West.

• Going the Distance
As Meaux, Hollands and Capito all have complete games this year, they became the first Gaucho trio to each toss a complete game since Hollands, Michael Martin and Mike Ford all threw complete games in 2008. UCSB's five complete games this season is more than the team had last year (three) and is approaching the 2008 total of six. Over the last decade, only the 2001 team (eight) and the 2008 club had more.

• Super Mario
Friday's pitcher, Mario Hollands, ranks among the Big West's elite with a 3.12 ERA (fourth), 53 strikeouts (third) and a .235 batting average against (fourth). The lefty has gone at least six innings in all but one start this season and is tied for fifth-fewest earned runs allowed in the conference. Earlier this season Hollands tied the school record with 16 strikeouts vs. Northern Illinois and had the most strikeouts in consecutive games (29) since Barry Zito K'd 30 in April, 1997.

• Viva Valaika
Matt Valaika went 8-for-19 over four games last week, enjoying a pair of three-hit games. The senior shortstop drove in five runs to give him a team-high 22 RBI. In his past seven games Valaika is 14-for-35 (.400) with 10 RBI and six runs scored. The Valencia, Calif. native also leads the Gauchos with his 22 runs scored and his .407 on-base percentage also paces UCSB.

• Greg is Great
Junior right-hander Greg Davis has pitched brilliantly of late, tossing 10 straight shutout innings over his last five outings. Davis pitched four innings on Saturday at Cal Poly, striking out five (including the last four batters he faced). Over his last five appearances, the junior from Huntington Beach has struck out 12 batters while allowing just four hits and no walks.

• Gunnar Shades
Senior centerfielder Gunnar Terhune has hits in seven of his past eight games - including five straight - and has hit .343 in that stretch with 10 runs scored, eight RBI, four doubles, two triples and two stolen bases. The San Diego native is tied for second on the team with 21 runs scored and 19 RBI and has a .801 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

• See Sean Swing
Junior Sean Williams, who has started all 26 games hitting second and playing at second base, has produced 10 multi-hit games this season but five of those have come in April. This month the Costa Mesa, Calif. native is hitting .300 (10-for-30) with four runs scored and five RBI. Williams is tied with Mark Haddow for the team lead with 10 extra-base hits and has drawn a team-high 14 walks.

• Terrific Tregoning
Since being inserted into the starting lineup on March 20, senior Ryan Tregoning has batted .353 (12 of 34) with nine of his 13 RBI coming in that time and all but one of his five extra-base hits.

• Marking His Territory
Junior rightfielder Mark Haddow leads the team with his .505 slugging percentage and his .395 on-base percentage ranks third on the team. Haddow, who leads the team with six stolen bases, also paces the squad with 49 total bases. The San Diego native is second on the team with 21 runs scored and has 18 RBI, which is third-most on the squad.

• Whyte Out
First baseman Trevor Whyte, who transferred to UCSB from Saddleback JC, is second amongst regulars with his .323 batting average. He broke out of a 3-for-23 slump (.130) last week by going 7-for-17 (.412) with three RBI. His 19 RBI are tied for second on the team.

• UCSB Quick Fact
Over the past decade (2000-09) only two UCSB teams finished the season with more complete games than the 2010 Gauchos already have - in 2008 with six and in 2001 with eight. This year's team has five complete games through the season's first 26 games.

• By the Numbers
28 - Number of strikeouts Mario Hollands currently needs to tie teammate Mike Ford for 10th all-time in school history for career strikeouts.

• 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 447-440-2 and has led the Gauchos to at least 25 victories in 11 of his 16 previous seasons.

• 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 Hitting .343 past 8 games with 10 R, 8 RBI
10 Sean Williams 2B Has 10 multi-hit games - 5 in April
8 Matt Valaika SS Went 8-19 last week; has team-high 22 RBI
35 Trevor Whyte 1B 7-17 (.412) in 4 game hit streak; 3 RBI
22 Beck Wheeler DH Leads team with his .333 batting average
25 Mark Haddow RF .505 slugging pct. is best amongst regulars
26 Marty Mullins C Went 4-11 with 2 R, 2 RBI in @ Cal Poly
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Hitting .353 (12-34) since starting 3/20
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Has started 25 of team's 26 games at 3B

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Tues 23 Nick Loredo Slated to make first start since 3/20
Fri 11 Mario Hollands Among BW leaders in ERA, K's, BAA
Sat 20 Nick Capito 4-2, 3.70 ERA in 7 starts this year
Sun 28 Jesse Meaux Had 1st career CG last Sunday

Big West Standings
(as of 4/12/10)

Team Overall Conference
CS Fullerton 18-12 5-1
UC Irvine 18-11 4-2
UCSB 14-12 2-1
Pacific 19-11 3-3
UC Riverside 15-11 3-3
Long Beach State 14-14 3-3
UC Davis 14-13 2-4
Cal Poly 9-21 2-4
CS Northridge 17-14 0-3

UCSB in the Big West
(all games as of 4/12)

Category Stat Rank
Team Batting .290 7th
Slugging Pct. .443 6th
On Base Pct. .375 5th
Runs 177 6th
Hits 264 8th
Doubles 44 9th
Triples 13 T1st
Home Runs 23 T3rd
RBI 165 6th
Stolen bases 21 7th
Team ERA 4.56 4th
Opponents Avg. .284 4th
Strikeouts 156 8th
Walks 77 2nd
Wild Pitches 11 9th
Hit Batters 29 7th
Team Fielding Pct. .968 6th
Errors 32 4th
Double Plays 20 T6th
Caught Stealing 4 9th

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