May 7, 2009

Gauchos Battle Long Beach State in Weekend Series

May 7, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m.
UCSB (24-19, 6-9) vs. Long Beach State (24-20, 10-5) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium Series record vs. the 49ers - (64-78)
2008 season record vs. the 49ers - (1-2)
Saturday and Sunday's games broadcast live at kcsb.org
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB will hosts a three-game Big West weekend series with Long Beach State. This weekend represents Diamond Days where fans can buy one ticket to baseball and receive free admission to softball. On Friday, it's Diabetes Awareness Day where UCSB will honor catcher Doug Hansen and the UCSB research team that created the artificial pancreas; on Saturday the first 100 paid fans will receive a free beach towel in the "Beat The Beach, Hit The Beach" promotion; and on Sunday the first 50 students will receive free Chipotle burritos and all moms will receive free admission and flowers as the Gauchos celebrate Mother's Day. For more information, please click here.

• Hassle Free at UCSB

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.

• Terrific Tuesday
The Gauchos snapped a six-game losing streak when they defeated Pepperdine, 10-6 on Tuesday. Mark Haddow, Matt Valaika and Eric Oliver combined for seven hits and seven RBI. But the big story was how well Clayton Edwards, Matthew Brady and David Meals each pitched in relief. The duo combined to throw five scoreless innings while striking out five.

• Gaucho Joe
Despite taking his first loss of the season last week, Joe Gardner still sits among some of the Big West conference's best pitchers. At 6-1 the junior is seventh in wins while his 3.91 ERA is 10th in the conference. Gardner's 63 strikeouts are tied for second in the Big West while opponents are batting just .266 against him, good for eighth in the league. His 73.2 innings pitched are seventh and the Fremont, Calif. native has gone at least six innings in all but two of his 11 starts this year (one was a planned "staff day"). UCSB is also 9-2 in games in which Gardner starts. Before last week's defeat, Gardner was the first pitcher since Michael Martin in 2004 to open a season 6-0.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver leads the team with 41 RBI, tying him for sixth in the Big West. The senior has nine multi-RBI games this season, which is second on the team and his 17 multi-hit games this year top the Gauchos. Oliver has at least one hit in nine of his past 10 games and is the only Gaucho to start all 43 games. Only four times this season has Oliver either failed to reach base, score a run or have an RBI. The Irvine, Calif. native also leads the team with a .407 average and .722 slugging percentage in conference play.

• V For Valaika
Matt Valaika, who leads the Gauchos with 11 multi-RBI games, has recorded a hit in 12 of his past 13 starts, batting .354 (17-for-48) in that time. The junior has 11 RBI, four doubles, two home runs and a game-winning, walk-off single in that time. The Valencia, Calif. native is second on the team with his .320 average while his 36 RBI are also second.

• Not Bubba ... It's Brian Gump
Senior Brian Gump has recorded at least one hit in 21 of his past 24 starts and just once in his 41 starts has he failed to reach base or record an RBI. Currently the Westminster, Calif. native is fourth in the Big West with 49 runs scored while his 19 stolen bases are also fourth in the conference. In Big West games, Gump is hitting .375 with a .448 on-base percentage.

• Sunday, Bloody Sunday
After opening the season 5-1 on Sundays, the Gauchos have not won on the Holy Day in their past six Sunday games, getting outscored 60-27. UCSB's most successful day of the week is Friday where they are 6-3. A rundown of the other days: 1-1 on Monday; 3-4 on Tuesday; 2-0 on Wednesday; 1-0 on Thursday; and 6-5 on Saturday.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .464 slugging percentage is third in the Big West. The Gauchos' 154 extra-base hits are second in the conference to Cal Poly's 165. The Gauchos lead the conference in triples (16), are second in home runs (43) and fourth in doubles (95).

• 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 11-4. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 15-3.

• What a Catch!
Junior catcher Marty Mullins is batting .380 in Big West games, second on the team to Eric Oliver's .407 mark. The Los Gatos, Calif. native has thrown out 17 of 42 would-be base-stealers this season and his grand slam on April 7 vs. Pepperdine finally went into the books when the teams completed their game on Monday, May 4.

• Get The Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba has hits in 15 of his past 19 games recording all 13 of his RBI in that span.

• Captain Cav-man
Infielder Ryan Cavan has a keen eye - his 30 walks lead the Big West and has helped boost his team-leading .453 on-base percentage, which is seventh in the conference. Cavan leads the Gauchos with his .345 batting average and his 15 multi-hit games ranks second on the squad. The Belmont, Calif. native has scored 12 runs in Big West play, fourth on the team.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Junior Gunnar Terhune is batting .283 in Big West games, ranking fourth on the team. He has 13 RBI in the team's 15 conference games, second to Eric Oliver's 14. Terhune has also swiped four bases in conference games, second only to Brian Gump's six stolen bases.

• Ride the Waves
Mark Haddow tied his career high - and set a season-best - with three hits at Pepperdine on Tuesday. Haddow's other three-hit game? Last April 1 vs. Pepperdine.

• Run Amok
UCSB's 319 runs are fourth in the Big West and the team is averaging 7.4 runs per game.

Probable Starting Lineup

Batting No. Name Pos. Yr. 2009 Notes
1. 5 Gunnar Terhune LF Jr. 5th on team with 42 hits
2. 16 Brian Gump CF Sr. Hit in 21 of past 24 starts
3. 21 Eric Oliver 1B Sr. Hitting .407 in BW with a .722 slugg. pct.
4. 4 Ryan Cavan 3B Jr. Leads Big West with 30 walks
5. 8 Matt Valaika 2B Jr. Hits in 12 of past 13 starts
6. 7 John DeAlba RF Sr. .275, 9 RBI in 12 conference starts
7. 26 Marty Mullins C Jr. Thrown out 17 of 42 would-be base stealers
8. 22 Shane Carlson SS Sr. 5 HR are second on the team
9. 9 Steve Cook DH Sr. 1-3, 2 runs, 2 walks vs. Pepp. on Tues.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday 18 Joe Gardner RHP Jr. 3.91 ERA is 10th in BW while 63 K's are 2nd
Saturday 11 Mario Hollands LHP So. 8 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 K's on Sat vs. Fullerton
Sunday 23 Zach Samuels RHP Sr. 10K's in 5.1 IP vs. Pepperdine on Monday

• 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.

• UCSB Quick Fact
The Gauchos are undefeated when scoring nine or more runs in a game. UCSB is 10-0 when scoring 10 or more runs - and have scored 20 or more twice - and 4-0 when scoring nine runs in a game.

• Gauchos Give
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

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