April 28, 2011

Baseball Team Begins Longest Road Swing of Season

April 28, 2011

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• The Schedule
Friday April 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday April 30, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday May 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside (20-14, 4-5)
at UCR's Riverside Sports Complex (2,500)
Overall record vs. the Highlanders - 17-21
Last series win - 2008 (5/16 - 5/18 @ UCSB; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2010 (4/30 - 5/2 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Highlanders - L, 10-3 @ UCSB; 5/2/10
Streak - Lost 2
Game broadcast live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here
Live stats available by clicking here

• Listen Up!
All UCSB baseball games will be broadcast live online - click here for the schedule! Beginning on Friday, all Big West games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara. The remainder of UCSB baseball games - including midweek contests - will continue to stream live online. Our broadcast page will have all gameday information.

Projected Starters

Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start
Fri ... RHP Jesse Meaux 3-4, 3.62 ERA ... 9.0 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's (W)
Sat ... RHP Greg Davis 4-2, 3.27 ERA ... 9.0 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's (W)
Sun ... RHP Matt Vedo 3-5, 5.30 ERA ... 3.0 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's (L)

• Consecutive CG's
When Jesse Meaux and Greg Davis tossed back-to-back complete games in Thursday and Friday's victories over Long Beach State, they became the first Gaucho starters to turn the trick since Nick Capito and Mario Hollands did so last season at Sacramento State. For Meaux, it was his first complete game since May 16, 2010 at No. 27 UC Irvine and it was Davis' first since May 29, 2010 at Pacific.

• On The Mark
In 15 games in the month of April, senior Mark Haddow has reached base in 13 of them and boasts a .397 batting average (23-for-58) with 14 runs scored, 15 RBI, nine extra-base hits and six stolen bases. Haddow's overall batting average (.346) leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big West while leading the conference in slugging percentage (.585) and ranking eighth in on-base percentage (.424). His 76 total bases leads all conference players, his 30 RBI are third, his five home runs are second and his 13 stolen bases are tied for second.

• Putting a Cap on Runs
Over his last eight appearances, Nick Capito has been nothing short of spectacular. The senior lefty has allowed one earned run in 23.0 innings pitched with just 10 hits while striking out nine batters. The Whittier, Calif. native has lowered his ERA from 5.71 to its current 2.72 in that time. Capito's ERA ranks 10th in the Big West.

• Center of Attention
Senior center fielder Derek Eligio is currently riding a four-game hitting streak and has hits in five of his last six games, batting .375 in that stretch. In those six games the Yorba Linda, Calif. native has five extra-base hits, six runs scored and three RBI from the leadoff spot.

• Putting Out Fires
In Big West games, the UCSB bullpen has thrown 23.2 innings and has allowed three earned runs for a 1.14 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Furthermore, Greg Davis and Nick Loredo each have four saves, tying them for fifth-most among conference pitchers.

The Bob Brontsema File
The 2011 season is the 30th 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 18th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 880 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Mar. 28, 2010 - 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 18 years as Gaucho head coach tie him for the longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, with Dave Gorrie (1960-77). The dean of Big West coaches, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and first 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 seven former Gauchos who are currently in the Major Leagues or have major league experience (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr & Chris Valaika, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Los Angeles Angels' 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-five of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 72 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.

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