Gauchos Face CS Bakersfield on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

May 4, 2010

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• The Schedule

Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Bakersfield (18-23)
at CSUB's Hardt Field (500)
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - 3-1
Last win - 2009 (17-2 @ CSUB; 4/21)
Last loss - 2009 (8-6 vs. CSUB; 4/28)
Last series win - N/A
Last series loss - N/A
Last time out vs. the Roadrunners - L, 8-6 vs. CSUB (4/28/09)
Streak - Lost 1
Listen to the game live on espnbakersfield.com.

Friday May 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday May 8, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (22-19, 4-8)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors - 66-50-3
Last win - 2009 (21-12 @ CSUN; 3/27)
Last loss - 2009 (3-2 @ CSUN; 3/29)
Last series win - 2008 (3/28 - 3/30 vs. CSUN; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2009 (3/27 - 3/29 @ CSUN; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Matadors - L, 3-2 @ CSUN (3/29/09)
Streak - Lost 2
Saturday's and Sunday's games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com - click here to listen!

• 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.

• Gaucho Update
UC Santa Barbara enters Tuesday's game with a 19-19 overall record, having dropped its past two games. The Gauchos are 3-1 all-time vs. Cal State Bakersfield, and won both games in 2009 vs. CSUB at Hardt Field. In Tuesday games this season, UCSB is 4-3 after last Tuesday's 5-4 win over USC.

• U-C-S-B Spells Relief
On one hand, the UCSB relief corps has been stellar of late - allowing just three earned runs in its last 22.1 combined innings. On the other hand, the bullpen has been seeing a lot of action lately. In three of the team's past four games - not including Mario Hollands' complete game last Friday - the Gaucho bullpen has pitched 20.1 of a possible 27 innings. In that time the bullpen's ERA is 1.33 and the `pen has combined for 11 strikeouts. Over the course of the season, UCSB is 16-5 when leading after the sixth, 18-2 when leading after seven innings and 19-1 when leading after eight innings.

• Trevor is Terrific
Junior first baseman Trevor Whyte has been steady in his first year at UCSB. Not only is he leading the team in hitting with his .328 batting average, but he has played in every one of the Gauchos' games this year. Whyte is second on the team with 27 RBI, second with his 61 total bases and is 11 for his last 27 (.407) with six RBI spanning his past eight games. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif. is third with his .445 slugging percentage and his .406 on-base percentage is best amongst those with 50 or more plate appearances.

• Marky Mark and a Bunch of Hits
Over his six-game hitting streak, junior Mark Haddow has raised his batting average 25 points and is 9 of 21 (.429) in the stretch. Haddow, who hails from San Diego, is the team's leader in total bases and is second in slugging percentage.

• Viva Valaika
Senior shortstop Matt Valaika leads the Gauchos with his 28 RBI and barely trails Whyte with a .444 slugging percentage and a .403 on-base percentage. The Valencia, Calif. native is tied for the team lead with 14 multi-hit games and is second on the squad with his seven multi-RBI games. He is also second on the team in runs scored with 27.

• Finishing What They Start
With Mario Hollands' complete game on Friday, the Gaucho pitching staff has now thrown six complete games this season. That number is the most in the Big West and it's the most by a UCSB pitching staff since the 2008 team combined for six. The last team with more than that was the 2001 team which finished the year with eight complete games.

• Did You Know?
Right-handed pitcher Sam Phippen is the only Division I player in the nation to play for both his school's men's basketball team and its baseball team.

• UCSB Quick Fact
Mario Hollands' 16 strikeouts vs. Northern Illinois on March 12 are tied for the second-most strikeouts in a single-game this season in the NCAA. UT-Arlington's Jason Mitchell K'd 18 against Missouri State on February 26.

• 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.

• 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 a Sunday, March 28, 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.

• 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 - Quick Fact
5 CF Gunnar Terhune - Leads team with eight multiple RBI games this season.
10 2B Sean Williams - Has started all of UCSB's 38 games hitting second and playing second base.
8 SS Matt Valaika - Ranks in team's top four in the following: AB's, runs, hits, extra-base hits, RBI, slugging and on-base percentage.
35 1B Trevor Whyte - Carries a five-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game, his longest of the year.
25 RF Mark Haddow - Despite 6-game hitting streak, does not have an extra-base hit since a double on April 11.
33 LF Ryan Tregoning - Missed Saturday and Sunday's games with minor injury - but has hits in 10 of his last 11 games.
22 DH Beck Wheeler - Is just 3 for his past 23, dropping his average from .338 to its current .304.
24 C Bryce Tafelski - In three starts vs. UCR this weekend was just 2-for-11 with five strikeouts.
17 3B Ryan Palermo - Went 5-for-13 (.385) in three games vs. UCR with three RBI.

34 RHP Greg Davis - After allowing just one earned run in previous 16.1 innings, has allowed nine earned in past 4.1 innings.