Gauchos Host San Jose State in Three-Game Weekend Series

April 17, 2009

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• The Schedule

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 kcsb.org
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (20-10) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (8-25) at Bakersfield's Hardt Field
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - (2-0)
2008 season record vs. the Roadrunners - (N/A)

• 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 defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 8-7 on Wednesday and host San Jose State for a three-game weekend series. UCSB plays four of its final six non-conference games in the following five days.

• Free Tickets for Boys & Girls Club Members
Under the Tickets to Care program (click here for more information), 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.

• Faculty Free Fridays
Friday's face-off - like all Friday's at UCSB - is a Faculty Free Friday. All UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free when they show their UCSB Employee ID Card. Faculty and staff are encouraged to frequently take advantage of Faculty Free Fridays, which are friendly and fun!

• Group Strength Ticket Plan

UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce the Group Strength ticketing program. In an effort to provide an alternative to higher cost events, groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets to UCSB Athletic events at significantly discounted prices.

The general admission tickets - available for all ticketed UCSB Athletic events this Spring - will start at just $1 for youth and $3 dollars for adults. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance by calling the UCSB ticket office at 893-3292 or by clicking here..

• 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.

• Wednesday's Win
UCSB achieved its biggest comeback victory of the season on Wednesday when the Gauchos defeated Bakersfield, 8-7. Trailing 7-1 after CSUB scored seven runs in the top of the fifth, John DeAlba and Bryce Tafelski connected for home runs and Mike Ford pitched three scoreless innings in relief to allow the Gauchos to come all the way back for the win.

• 20 is Terrific
By winning on Wednesday, the Gauchos reached the 20-win mark for the 11th straight season and the 31st time in the past 32 years. Should UCSB hit the 30-win threshold, it would be the first back-to-back 30-win seasons by the Gauchos since 1991-92.

• 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 an eight-game hitting streak and has recorded hits in 15 of his past 16 starts.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded 15 RBI in his past 10 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 10 games and is batting .390 (16-for-41) 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 10 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 .304 batting average ranks fourth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .495 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 119 extra-base hits are second in the conference behind Cal Poly's 122. The Gauchos are first in triples (12) and second in home runs (34), while ranking third in doubles (73).

• 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 10-3 in the friendly confines. The Gauchos' overall ERA is more than one run fewer than their opponents at Caesar Uyesaka and the team is hitting over 20 points higher than the opposition.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Through the season's first eight games, Gunnar Terhune's average stood at .194. However in his past 18 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 .362 (25-for-69) with 14 runs and 12 RBI.

• Get the Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba's current seven-game hitting streak is second only to Brian Gump's eight-gamer. In that stretch, the Goleta, Calif. native is batting .381 (8-for-21) with eight RBI.

• Double Your Fun
UCSB has won every game in which it has scored 10 or more runs. The Gauchos are 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 9-3. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 13-3.

• Cavan a Good Time
Junior Ryan Cavan (rhymes with havin') ranks fifth in the Big West with his team-leading .475 on-base percentage and his .368 batting average is 10th in the conference. The Belmont, Calif. native is second in the conference with his 22 walks and has scored 33 runs, which is tied for seventh in the Big West. Cavan has also recorded two or more hits in a game 12 times.

• 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.