UCSB Plays at Cal State Northridge Beginning on Friday

May 5, 2011

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• The Schedule
Friday May 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday May 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge (18-25, 1-11)
at CSUN's Matador Field (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Matadors - 69-52-3
Last series win - 2008 (3/28 - 3/30 @ UCSB; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2010 (5/7 - 5/9 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Matadors - W, 6-4, 4/26/11 @ UCSB
Streak - Won 1
Game broadcast live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here
Live stats available through Gametracker

• 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 3-5, 3.70 ERA ... 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (L) Sat ... RHP Greg Davis 4-3, 3.39 ERA ... 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (L) Sun ... LHP Nick Capito 4-2, 3.20 ERA ... 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (W)

• Center of Attention
Leadoff hitter Derek Eligio is currently riding a career-high tying seven-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .407 (11-for-27) with nine runs scored. The senior centerfielder has hits in 10 of his last 11 games and is batting .300 with nine runs scored and six RBI in Big West play.

• Hammerin' Haddow
In four games last week, senior Mark Haddow drove in eight runs and leads the team with 35 RBI, putting him one behind Big West leaders Nick Ramirez (Fullerton) and Drew Hillman (Irvine). Haddow's name is all over the Big West leaderboard in numerous categories - his .338 batting average is ninth; his .556 slugging percentage is first; his .409 on-base percentage is 10th; his 30 runs scored are seventh; his four triples lead the conference; his 79 total bases are second; his 13 stolen bases are second, as is his five home runs.

• Terrific Trio
UCSB's new weekend rotation of Jesse Meaux, Greg Davis and Nick Capito rank as the second-best weekend starters in the Big West in terms of ERA. In their starts, the three seniors boast a 3.52 combined ERA in their starts. UCSB's triumvirate place second only to Cal State Fullerton's Noe Ramirez (2.04 ERA), Tyler Pill (2.31), and Colin O'Connell (3.00) - all three of whom rank in the conference's top-10 in ERA.

• Putting a Cap on Runs
Over his last nine appearances, Nick Capito has been nothing short of spectacular. The senior lefty has allowed four earned runs in 28.1 innings pitched with just 17 hits while striking out 11 batters. The Whittier, Calif. native has lowered his ERA from 5.71 to its current 3.20 in that time. Capito's conference ERA of 2.55 ranks him ninth in the Big West.

• Big Willy Style
Four weeks ago, Sean Williams' batting average was .387. It dipped to .326 before he hit .500 in four games last week. The senior's current .345 mark is eighth in the Big West.

By the Numbers
3 -- Saves needed in the season's final month by RHP Nick Loredo to rank in the school's all-time top-10 in saves. The senior currently has six in his two seasons at UCSB.

UCSB Quick Fact
UCSB's 15-inning, 3-2 win over Pepperdine on April 19 - culminated in a walk-off homer by Mark Haddow - was the longest game in Caesar Uyesaka Stadium history.

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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