April 20, 2009

After Mid-Week Clash, UCSB Hosts No. 12 Cal Poly

April 20, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (21-12) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (8-25) at Cal State Bakersfield's Hardt Field
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - (2-0)
2008 season record vs. the Roadrunners - (N/A)

Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (21-12, 5-4) vs. No. 12 Cal Poly (27-9, 8-4) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Mustangs - (84-46)
2008 season record vs. the Mustangs - (3-2)
Saturday's game broadcast live on KCSB 91.9 FM
Sunday's game broadcast live online at kcsb.org
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB begins its week with the team's final road game of April on Tuesday at Cal State Bakersfield - against whom the Gauchos are 2-0 this season - before hosting No. 12 Cal Poly for a three-game weekend series.

• How They Rank
This season UCSB is 3-2 against ranked teams. On Feb. 24 the Gauchos defeated then-No. 9 ranked UCLA, 7-6, before splitting a pair of two-game series with then-No. 25 UC Riverside and then-No. 21 San Diego State. Last season UCSB was 4-10 against ranked teams.

• 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 52 strikeouts are second, his 3.28 ERA is sixth, his 57.2 innings pitched are eighth, and his .265 batting average against is eighth. The Fremont, Calif. native is halfway to cracking the UCSB top-10 list for wins in a season.

• Oh Thank Heaven, Gump's at 11
Senior Brian Gump extended his hitting streak to a team-best 11 games last weekend and is batting .417 (20-for-48) in that stretch. Gump has scored 12 of his team-high 38 runs during the stretch while driving in nine RBI. His 38 runs are fourth in the Big West and the Gauchos are 16-4 in games in which Gump scores a run. The Westminster, Calif. native has 16 stolen bases, tops on the team and tied for fourth in the Big West. Gump has also recorded hits in 18 of his past 19 starts and is second on the team with a .333 batting average.

• V for Valaika
Matt Valaika went 8-for-16 this past week, recording multi-hit games in three of his four games. The junior second baseman is tied for first on the Gauchos with 12 multi-hit games this season. Valaika is third on the team with his .330 batting average and his 57 total bases are also third while his 27 RBI rank fourth on the squad.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .297 batting average is fourth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .479 slugging percentage is second. UCSB is also tied for second in the conference in runs scored and the team's 126 extra-base hits are second in the conference behind Cal Poly's 132. The Gauchos are first in triples (14) and second in home runs (35), while ranking fourth in doubles (77).

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded 17 RBI in his past 13 games and is third in the Big West with 34 RBI. Oliver, whose RBI single resulted in the Gauchos' walk-off win last Friday, has had a hit in 11 of his past 15 games and is batting .323 (20-for-62) in that stretch with 14 runs scored. Only four times this season - in 33 games - has Oliver either failed to reach base, score a run or have an RBI.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Gunnar Terhune has recorded at least one hit in 17 of his past 21 games, raising his average from 116 points in that stretch. Since taking over as the team's leadoff hitter, Terhune is batting .314 (16-for-51) with 10 runs scored and five RBI in 12 games.

• What a Relief
Junior Mike Ford pitched in relief last week for the first time this season and was stellar. In 6.1 innings, Ford allowed one hit, struck out four and walked just one batter. Ford has not pitched more than once in relief since his freshman season in 2007 when he appeared in four games out of the bullpen.

• Super Mario
Sophomore left-hander Mario Hollands (4-2, 4.28 ERA) is holding batters to a .268 average against, which is 10th in the Big West. The El El Cerrito, Calif. native has pitched into the sixth inning in all but one of his starts - when he was taken out after being hit with a line drive.

• Get the Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba has a hit in 10 of his past 12 games and is batting .363 (12-for-33) in that time with eight runs scored and nine RBI.

• 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 11-5 in the friendly confines.

• 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.

• Run Amok
UCSB's 253 runs are second in the Big West and the team is averaging 7.7 runs per game.

• 20 is Terrific
By winning two games last week, 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.

• 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.

• All Gaucho Reunion
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department is gearing up for the 2009 All Gaucho Reunion, scheduled on campus for Friday-Sunday, April 24-26. Among other events, athletics will hold an evening reception on Friday night and a breakfast on Saturday morning. The Gaucho baseball team will host No. 12 Cal Poly all three days. For more information on the All Gaucho Reunion, please click here.

• Parking on Campus is Easy
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. Click here for maps and general directions.

• 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.

• 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.