May 6, 2003

One Last Road Game For UCSB Before Six At Home

May 6, 2003

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Schedule
Game No. 47, 48, 49, 50

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UCLA Bruins in Westwood, Calif.
Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT)

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pacific Tigers in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Friday, May 9, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. (PDT)
Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

A Look At Last Weekend
In last place by a full two games, UCSB had to play well at Northridge if it had any hopes of moving out of the conference cellar. The Gauchos and Matt Vasquez did just that on Friday, defeating Cal State Northridge, 7-1. Vasquez pitched arguably his best game of the season, holding CSUN to just one run during his complete game, five-hitter. The junior right hander struck out ten batters without allowing a walk. Chad Ziemendorf supplied the power with a three-run homer. Josh Fulton collected two hits, driving in the game's first run and later scoring what proved to be the game winner. Saturday's scheduled game was pushed back to Sunday because of rain, creating the second double-header this season for UCSB. In game one, Sean Thompson couldn't find his control, and CSUN put a six-spot on the board in the third inning. Thompson allowed four hits that inning, walked two, beaned a hitter and balked in a run. He lasted only 3.1 innings. surrendering seven runs on seven hits. Kyle Jean shut down the Gaucho offense, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work to earn his first win of the season. Five Matador hitters had multi-hit games. Ziemendorf once again slammed a home run for UCSB. Fulton followed that up with one of his own, giving Santa Barbara back-to-back jacks for the first time this season. Fulton, a senior, couldn't celebrate his first career home run too much, as the Gauchos lost 10-4. Needing a victory for its first series victory since facing Northridge earlier this season, UCSB struggled early in game two. CSUN starter Leo Rosales kept the Gaucho bats quiet until the sixth inning. Santa Barbara put two runs on the board in the sixth and seventh innings, and three more in the eighth to come from behind and take the game, 7-6. Ziemendorf, producing the series home run trifecta, drove in two runs and tied the game up at four with a deep blast in the top of the seventh. Bill Rowe and Matt Wilkerson collected RBIs in the eighth. Rowe singled to create a one-run game, Wilkerson followed with a double to bring in two runners and give the Gauchos their first lead of the day. Steve Morlock came in to close out the victory and collected his eighth save with two innings of work.

Ten For Ten
Matt Vasquez, number ten on the Gaucho roster, wore his work on his back on Friday. Pitching a complete game, five-hitter, Vasquez struck out ten Northridge hitters. It was the first complete game for any UCSB pitcher this season, and the first of Vasquez's college career. The ten strikeouts are a career high for the junior from Santa Barbara. He led the team last year with 69 on the season and currently has 64 in 79.0 innings. The start against CSUN came on the heels of a no-decision in a victory against Long Beach State on April 25th. Vasquez pitched 8.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and struck out eight 49ers. He left after an unearned run crossed the plate in the ninth, but UCSB came back to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

As Easy As 1-2-3
Chad Ziemendorf has not been known for his power this year. In the lineup mainly because of his defensive work, the UCSB catcher entered the Northridge series with only two home runs this season. Launching a homer in all three games this weekend, Ziemendorf suddenly has the Gaucho lead with five on the year. No Santa Barbara hitter had even connected in back-to-back games this season before Ziemendorf's accomplishment.

On The Mound
Eric Posthumus (3-3, 6.57 ERA) gets his tenth start this season on Tuesday at UCLA, his first since April 5th against UC Irvine. The sophomore righthander has struggled since claiming Freshman All-American honors last year. Posthumus picked up the victory with 0.2 innings of work in game two of Sunday's twin-bill. The weekend rotation is the same that was planned for the last two weekends. Matt Vasquez (3-4, 5.24) will get the Pacific series rolling on Friday. Michael Martin (2-2, 6.93) and Sean Thompson (5-6, 5.32) will be the starters on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Martin earned a no-decision after allowing four runs in five innings of work against Cal State Northridge last weekend. Thompson took the loss in game one of Sunday's doubleheader, lasting only 3.1 innings. A senior lefthander, Thompson leads the Big West with 15 games started.

Give Me A Break
The Gaucho bullpen got some much needed rest in Northridge. Thanks to Matt Vasquez's complete game on Friday, no pitcher was used more than once the entire series. Other than Steve Morlock's 4.1 innings of work, no other reliever pitched more than two innings.

The Brontsema File
Bob Brontsema is in his 10th season as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. It was just two seasons ago that Brontsema logged his 200th victory, becoming the third coach in school history to do so. He enters this season with a career mark of 238-241. Brontsema's team ended the 2002 season 22-33 overall and 8-16 in Big West Conference play. Brontsema's has been selected twice as Big West Coach of the Year. In 2001, his team finished with a mark of 40-17, good for a .701 winning percentage, the highest in school history. Brontsema's 2001squad also had 10 players sign professional contracts after the season. Brontsema was also selected as Big West Coach of the Year in 1996, when he piloted UCSB to a 32-20 overall mark and 14-7 showing in conference play. 1996 also marked UCSB's return to NCAA Regional play for the first time since 1990. During the 1996 season, the Gauchos notched two wins at Cal State Fullerton and beat both USC and UCLA once.

So, We Meet Again
UC Santa Barbara and UCLA have already played each other this season, with the Gauchos victorious, 7-5. Michael Martin, making his first career start, picked up his first win of the season with five innings of work. Matt Wilkerson and Chad Ziemendorf each collected three RBI. Steve Morlock picked up his first save with three K's in the ninth inning.

Scouting The UCLA Bruins
UCLA (22-26, 7-8 Pac-10) has been playing .500 ball all season long, not sitting two games above or below an even record until a seven game losing streak knocked them down. Currently four games under .500, the Bruins had their season-long three game winning streak snapped in Sunday's loss to Oregon State. The team holds a batting average of 2.87 with 56 home runs. Five regulars are batting above .300. Brett McMillan leads the offense, hitting at a .353 clip with 12 doubles. Billy Susdorf and Preston Griffin share the team lead with eight homers on the season. Matt Thayer has swiped nine of the 24 bags stolen by UCLA this year. The Bruin pitching staff gives up 5.84 earned runs a game. Chris Cordeiro (0-2, 4.17) will get the start on Tuesday. The junior righty will be making his fourth start of the season. Cordeiro has made 17 appearances this season, pitching 41.0 innings, surrendering 45 base hits and seven walks, while striking out 34 batters. Doug Silva (6-0, 3.07) and David Johnson (2-2, 5.79) are the top relievers out of the pen. Silva has made 14 appearances and has one save. Johnson has come out of the pen 15 times and has recorded two saves.

Scouting The Pacific Tigers
Tied with UCSB for last place in the Big West, Pacific (25-23, 4-11) has lost six of its last seven conference games. Like the Gauchos, the Tigers have only one conference series victory this year. UOP holds a .277 team batting average with only 15 home runs, but has 14 team triples. Cory Lake (.323) and Chase Headley (.321) are the only regulars batting above .300. Josh Snook leads the team with four home runs. The pitching staff allows 5.16 earned runs per game. Matthew Pena (8-6, 6.67), Sergio Silva (4-7, 5.10) and James Stanford (2-6, 5.24) have been the weekend starters for Pacific. Pena was hit hard last weekend against Long Beach State, collecting the loss after giving up 12 earned runs in five innings of work. Silva and Stanford also collected loses as the Tigers were swept by the 49ers. Andy Willick is one of the top bullpen pitchers in the conference. In 23 appearances, he has built a 4-0 record with six saves and a 2.79 ERA. Willick has struck out 26 batters in 29.0 innings of work, walking only six batters. Joel Lozano (1-0, 2.81, 17 appearances) and Jason Godkin (5-3, 4.85, 21) are other top pitchers coming out of the Tiger bullpen.

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