Gauchos Host Bakersfield in Dollar Day at the Diamond on Wednesday, San Jose State This Weekend

Gauchos Host Bakersfield in Dollar Day at the Diamond on Wednesday, San Jose State This Weekend

April 14, 2009

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Dollar Day at the Diamond
UC Santa Barbara (19-10) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (8-23) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - (1-0)
2008 season record vs. the Roadrunners - (N/A)
Game broadcast live online at
Game available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through

Friday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Free Tickets to Saturday and Sunday games to Boys & Girls Club Members
UC Santa Barbara (19-10) vs. San Jose State (24-8) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Spartans - (36-44)
2008 season record vs. the Spartans - (N/A)
Saturday and Sunday's games live online at
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through

• Coming Up
After completing a grueling stretch of 12 games in 16 days - in which the Gauchos went 6-5, with one game postponed - UCSB finishes off April by playing eight of its next nine games at home. The Gauchos host Cal State Bakersfield and San Jose State, playing four of their final seven non-conference games this week.

• Dollar Day at the Diamond
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department is pleased to announce a plan to help fans beat the Tax Man on Tax Day - Dollar Day at the Diamond. Tickets to the Wednesday, April 15 baseball game vs. Cal State Bakersfield are just $1. The game begins at 2 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on campus. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, by coming to the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or by clicking here.

• Free Tickets for Boys & Girls Club Members
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department is offering free tickets to the baseball games on April 18 and 19 to Boys and Girls Club members from Lompoc to Ventura. This program is part of the "Gauchos Give" Athletics Department initiative. In conjunction with National Boys and Girls Club Week, members from the organization in the Tri-Counties will receive free tickets to the Saturday and Sunday games vs. San Jose State. Both games begin at 1 p.m. and will be held at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Click here for more information.

• It's Easy to Park at UCSB

Getting to UCSB baseball games is easy! From Highway 217, veer right at Steck Circle onto Mesa Road, and take a left onto Stadium Road. Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is on your left, and you can park at Lot 30 which is right outside the stadium. There are two kiosks that accept cash and credit card to pay for parking. For more information on parking in campus, please click here.

Probable Starting Lineup

Batting No. Name Pos. Yr. 2009 Notes
1. 5 Gunnar Terhune LF Jr. Has hits in 14 of his past 17 games
2. 16 Brian Gump CF Sr. His 38 runs leads the Big West
3. 21 Eric Oliver 1B Sr. Knocked in 15 runs in past 9 games
4. 4 Ryan Cavan 3B Jr. Team-high .362 avg., .475 OBP
5. 8 Matt Valaika 2B Jr. 25 RBI 2nd on team; 25 R's are 3rd
6. 26 Marty Mullins C Jr. Second on team with .986 OPS
7. 22 Shane Carlson SS Sr. 3-10, 3 R, 2 2b, 3 BB's vs. UC Davis
8. 7 John DeAlba DH Sr. 4 RBI in 5 AB's at UC Davis
9. 25 Mark Haddow RF So. Second on team with 8 SB's

Probable Starting Pitchers

Tuesday 23 Zach Samuels RHP Sr. Will be making second career start
Friday 18 Joe Gardner RHP Jr. Gauchos are 7-1 in his starts
Saturday 11 Mario Hollands LHP So. Opponents hitting just .254 off him
Sunday TBA TBA

• Hey Joe
Joe Gardner is off to a 5-0 start this season, tying him for second in the Big West in victories. The junior's name is scattered throughout the conference's leaderboard - his 46 strikeouts are tied for second, his 51.2 innings pitched are eighth, his 3.14 ERA is eighth and his .260 batting average against is eighth.

• Run, Gump, Run
Senior Brian Gump scored six runs in a three-game series last weekend at UC Davis and leads the Big West with 38 runs scored this season. The Gauchos are 16-4 in games in which Gump scores a run. The Westminster, Calif. native is on pace to score 69 runs this season, which would be fifth all-time in UCSB single-season history. He has 16 stolen bases, tops on the team and tied for second in the Big West. Gump is also currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and has recorded hits in 14 of his past 15 starts.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded 15 RBI in his past nine games and is tied for third in the Big West - with teammate Robby Cummings - with 32 RBI. Oliver has had a hit in eight of his past nine games and is batting .444 (16-for-36) in that stretch. Half of his 36 hits have gone for extra bases and he has recorded at least one extra-base hit in eight of his past nine games.

• Mullins It Over
Catcher Marty Mullins raised his average 20 points when he went 5-for-10 over the weekend at UC Davis and is second on the team with his .358 clip. Mullins' .986 OPS (on-base plus slugging) is second behind Eric Oliver's 1.002. Mullins, from Los Gatos, Calif., has a .580 slugging percentage, which is second on the team and ninth in the Big West.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .306 batting average ranks fourth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .496 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 116 extra-base hits are second in the conference behind Cal Poly's 118. The Gauchos are first in triples (12) and second in home runs (32), while ranking second in doubles (72).

• 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.

• Eight is Enough
Santa Barbara is outscoring its opponents, 232-171, an average of 8.0 runs per game.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Through the season's first eight games, Gunnar Terhune's average stood at .194. However in his past 17 games, Terhune has hit in 14 contests, raising his average to a healthy .320, which is fourth on the team. In that time Terhune has moved from the ninth spot in the order to the team's leadoff batter and has batted .379 (25-for-66) with 13 runs and 12 RBI.

• Get the Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba's current six-game hitting streak is second only to Brian Gump's seven-gamer. In that stretch, the Goleta, Calif. native is batting .368 (7-for-19) with six RBI.

• Lucky 13
UCSB has recorded at least 13 hits in 12 games (41% of its games) and has scored in double figures eight times. The Gauchos have won every game they've scored 10 or more runs. UCSB is also undefeated (4-0) when scoring nine runs.

• 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 8-3. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 12-3.

• Cavan a Good Time
Junior Ryan Cavan (rhymes with havin') ranks fourth in the Big West with his team-leading .475 on-base percentage. The Belmont, Calif. native is second in the conference with his 22 walks and has scored 32 runs, which is tied for seventh in the Big West. Cavan has also recorded two or more hits in a game 12 times, tied for the most on the team with Eric Oliver.

• Super Mario
Sophomore left-hander Mario Hollands (4-2, 3.86 ERA) has gone at least six innings in all but one of his starts this season - when he was taken out after being hit with a line drive last Friday at UC Davis. Hollands, the conference's Freshman Pitcher of the Year last season, is allowing opponents to bat just .254 against him, which is seventh-best in the Big West.

• 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.

• The Bob Brontsema File
The 2009 season marks the 28th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement with the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 16th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 830 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in over 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Entering this year, Brontsema ranks second in career wins, 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 16 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, he currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and No. 1 in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema.

• 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.