Baseball Hits The Road To Take On Pacific

May 8, 2002

Weekend Schedule

* May 10 @ Pacific
L- Thompson (2-3, 6.00) vs. L-Pena (3-6, 4.93) 1:00 p.m.

* May 11 @ Pacific
R- Posthumus (4-1, 5.91) vs. R-Stanford (8-2, 2.88) 1:00 p.m.

* May 12 @ Pacific
R- Vasquez (4-7, 5.18) vs. L-Lozano (4-4, 5.48) 1:00 p.m.

Gauchos On The Air

KCSB 91.9 FM will carry four more Gaucho baseball games for live broadcast.

May 17 vs. Sacramento State
May 24-26 vs. Cal Poly

Broadcast times will begin five minutes before game times.

Swept Again

The UC Santa Barbara (17-29, 3-12 BWC) baseball team is in the midst of a seven game Big West Conference losing streak. Last weekend, the Gauchos scored only nine runs in three games at home against UC Riverside, making it the second straight conference series they have lost. Preceding a bye week, UCSB was also swept at home by Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos could only muster 21 hits in the Riverside series, good for a .221 average. UCSB is batting .286 as a team, .266 in Big West play, and the pitching staff has a 6.46 overall ERA and a 6.58 ERA in conference.

The Tigers

Pacific (24-21-1, 5-10 BWC), coached by Quincey Noble(13th year, 324-356-1),was swept by Cal State Northridge last weekend and are currently one spot ahead of the Gauchos, in seventh place, in the Big West. Offensively, the Tigers are batting .308 as a team, led offensively by Tim Gilhooly (.368, 14 2B, 10 HR, 44 R, 61 RBI) and Joel Summers (.321, 11 2B, 48 R, 53 H). The pitching staff has an ERA of 5.10, led by junior James Stanford (8-2, 2.88, 55 K, 72 IP) and senior Ryan Jurvakainen (3-2, 4.73, 5 SV, 42 K, 59 IP). The Gauchos and Tigers met earlier this season on March 14 in the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, with Pacific coming out on top 11-9. UCSB leads the all-time series 54-22.

Gaucho Probable Starters

1B * Josh McCanne * One of three Gauchos to start all 46 games this year.
2B * Chris Malec * Currently has a nine game hitting streak.
SS * Dave Licht  * Third on team in runs w/35. Second on team in doubles (8) and walks (26).
3B * Nate Sutton * Did not start last two games for the first time this season.
LF * Matt Wilkerson * Leads team with six stolen bases.  Second on team with 39 runs.
CF * Andy Campanella * Will start if hamstring is not bothering him.
RF * Ryan Spilborghs * Has a seven game hitting streak.  Has scored 7 runs in last 6 games.
C * Taylor Vogt * Went 3-for-10 against UC Riverside with two doubles.
DH * Blair Havens  * Second on team among starters with .358 average.
LHP * Sean Thompson * Looking ot regain early season sucess after a few rough outings.
RHP * Eric Posthumus * One of a few Gaucho pitchers that has shown improvement.
RHP * Matt Vasquez * Has not won in last ten appearances, including eight starts.

What About Bob?

Bob Brontsema is in his ninth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 233-237 (.497). Brontsema is coming off his best coaching season at UCSB guiding the Gauchos to a 40-17 record, good for the best single season winning percentage (.702) at UCSB since 1986. The 40 wins were the most by a UCSB team since 1990. For his efforts, Brontsema was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Brontsema has posted three straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.

Offensive Offense

Offensively, the Gauchos have looked pretty anemic, as evidenced by their 21 hits in three games against UC Riverside. Aside from their 17-hit and 13-hit performances in non-conference games against Westmont and UCLA, the Gauchos have failed to collect 10 hits in their five other games-within that seven game span. In their last 11 Big West games, UCSB has been held to two runs five times.

Not Exactly Pitching So Hot Either

The Gaucho pitching staff has also had their share of problems. UCSB's hurlers have surrendered ten or more runs four times in their last eight games and nine or more in six of those games. The pitching staff's ERA of 6.46 is now the highest in the Big West.

A Bunch Of Don Baylor Jr.'s

The Gauchos have been hit by so many pitches they may begin wearing some padding like Don Baylor, The Major League's all-time hit-by-pitch King, did. UCSB has had problems getting out of the way from wayward inside pitches, leading the Big West with 85 plunks in 46 games. First baseman Josh McCanne has extended his single-season school record with his 16th beaning over the weekend. Senior Andy Campanella is right on his heels with 15. Not to be outdone, second baseman Chris Malec's 14 hit-by-pitches is good for fifth-all time among freshman in the Big West.

Freshman From Santa Margarita #1: The Record Breaker

Matt Wilkerson has hit a few home runs in his brief career at UCSB. 15 so far to be exact. The 6-4 outfielder/designated hitter has hit five homers in his last six games, to set a new freshman record for homers in a season at UCSB. The Trabuco Hills, Calif., native hit his 11th of the year Wednesday two weeks ago, against USC, and hit two more the next day against Westmont, to tie Jared Janke, who hit 13 in 1993. Wilkerson broke the record with a opposite field blast to right center, in the second inning last week against UCLA. Wilkerson has hit four round-trippers against UCLA including a three-home run showing on February 26. Wilkerson, who's homers come in bunches, has three multi-homer games this season with the third multi-homer game coming against Cal State Northridge. Wilkerson connected for his 15th of the season on Sunday to break the old Big West record of 14, which was held by former Cal State Fullerton grad and current San Diego Padre, Phil Nevin. Wilkerson is currently 27th among Div. I leaders for home runs.

Freshman From Santa Margarita #2: The Streaker

Second baseman Chris Malec is another Gaucho freshman putting an assault on the Gaucho and Big West record books. Malecs' 14 hit-by-pitches is second all-time at UCSB and his 48 RBI is four behind Phil Nevin for sixth-all time for freshmen in the Big West. Malec is currently in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak. The Laguna Niquel, Calif., native had a 14-game hitting streak earlier this seaon, the longest on the team, and also earlier had two six-game hitting streaks.

Doesn't This Guy Pitch?

The Sunday game against Riverside included James Garcia in the starting lineup for the Gauchos, which wasn't too surprising. The senior from Torrance Calif., was slated to make a return to the mound after shoulder problems had kept him out of the Gaucho rotation all season long. What was surprising about the start was that Garcia was not pitching but designated hitting. If everyone in the stands though head coach Bob Brontsema had lost his marbles, they soon found out why he gave Garcia the start. All Garcia did in his first at bat was blast the ball over the fence in straightaway center for a three-run shot, his first as a Gaucho. The 2001 honorable mention All-American pitcher has had pinch hit appearances on three other occasions but the homer was his first hit as a Gaucho.

He's The Best We Got

Junior Ryan Spilborghs is the wheel that makes the Gauchos turn. The lone offensive starter from the 2001 team, is also the most dangerous hitter in the UCSB lineup. "Spilly" as he is known to teammates, coaches and friends, leads the Gauchos and is among the leaders in the Big West, in several offensive categories. Despite being carefully pitched to, the Santa Barbara High School product is still batting a team leading .359 with 13 home runs. Spilly also leads the team with 51 runs, 52 RBI, five triples, 32 walks, a .668 slugging percentage, and a .464 on-base percentage, to name a few. Spilborghs leads the Big West in total bases (123) and runs scored and is second in RBI. Base runners should also be warned, Spilborghs also has a pretty good arm, as evidenced by five assists from his right field position, including seven in his previous year. Spilborghs also led the way for the Gauchos in Riverside series going 4-for-12, hitting his 13th homer of the year. He also currently has a seven game hitting streak.

2001 Gauchos In The Pro's

The Gauchos had 10 players off their 2001 squad sign proffesional contracts. Of those, here is an update of how they are doing so far in 2002. Former lefty starterJim Bullard (9th rd, Chicago White Sox) is 3-2 with 2.41 ERA in six starts for the Winston Salem Warthogs in the Carolina League (High A). Bullard has 24 strikouts in 37.1 innings and has yet to give up a home run. Former shortstop Jeff Bannon (18th rd, Cincinatti) is curently batting .332 with 37 hits, six doubles and 24 runs in 29 games with the Stockton Ports, in the California League (High A). Four year starter at second base and all-time UCSB hits leader, Chad Peshke (33rd rd, Cleveland), is batting .296 with 14 RBI, four doubles and two home runs in 22 games played, for the Colombus Red Stixx in the South Athlantic League (High A). Former first baseman and UCSB single-season home run record holder, Tyler Von Schell (15th rd, San Francisco), is batting .243 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 17 runs scored in 31 games with the Hagerstown Suns, also in the Sough Atlatic League (High A).

Offense By Grade

Seniors:	.258 (92-357)	6 HR	75 R	49 RBI
Junior :		.301 (178-591)	19 HR	127 R	110 RBI
Sophomore:	.271 (72-266)	2 HR	49 R	41 RBI
Freshman:	.313 (123-393)	23 HR	74 R	101 RBI

Piching By Grade

Seniors:	41 G	12 GS	102.1 IP	87 ER	75 K	7.67 ERA
Junior :		52 G	14 GS	136.1 IP	96 ER	95 K	6.34 ERA
Sophomore:	26 G	14 GS	99 IP		61 ER	65 K	5.54 ERA
Freshman:	36 G	6 GS	67.1 IP		54 ER	52 K	7.22 ERA

Final Home Series

After the Pacific series,the Gauchos will return home for their last home series of the season, hosting Sacramento State, May 17-19, before concluding their season the next weekend at Cal Poly.

Big West Standings (5/7/02)

			                   Conf.	Overall
Cal State Northridge 	15-3	35-13
Cal State Fullerton	  12-6	31-16
UC Irvine		           10-5	29-20
Cal Poly		            11-7	26-24-1
Long Beach State	      9-6	28-17
UC Riverside		         7-8	27-21
Pacific			             5-10	24-21-1
UC Santa Barbara	      3-12	17-29
Sacramento State	      0-15	18-28

More Gaucho News And Notes

* Aftrer missing two months due to a back injury, junior James Dayley made his return to the Gaucho pitching staff in the UC RIverside series. The Paul, Idaho, native pitched in two of the games, going 3.1 innings total allowing no runs while striking out four. Prior to his injury, Dayley had six starts, going 1-2 in those games.

* According to Boyd's World, a collegiate baseball publication, the Gauchos have the 11th toughest schedule in the nation.

* Ryan Spilborghs is the lone returning starter from2001 on the field for the Gauchos. UCSB had nine players drafted off last years 40-17 team.

* Gaucho freshman Chris Malec and Matt Wilkerson were teammate last year as seniors at Santa Margarita High School. The gruesome twosome were coached by Tip Lefebvre, brother of former Dodger and major league manager Jim Lefebvre.

* The Gauchos scored 12 runs in the fifth inning against Creighton, in a 23-10 win on Feb. 23. UCSB also had 25 hits in that game.

* Josh McCanne hit a walk-off grandslam with two outs in the ninth, in the Gauchos 8-4 victory over Loyola Marymount, for their first win of the season on February 1.

* Ryan Spilborghs had a 35-game hitting streak in 2001. Earlier in 2002, Spilborghs had a 12-game streak. Spilborghs leads the Big-West with 39 runs scored.

* In 2001, James Garcia became the first Gaucho to win 10 games since Santa Clara pitching coach Tom Myers did so for UCSB in 1991. Despite Garcia's 6.39 ERA, opposing hitters are batting just .230 against him this year,

* Nine Gauchos were drafted off the 2001 team. Jared Schumaker (5th, St. Louis), Jim Bullard (9th, Chicago, AL), Jamie Gonzales (12th, Detroit), Dave Molidor (14th, Cincinnati), Tyler Von Schell (15th, San Francisco), Rylie Ogle (N.Y. Mets),Jeff Bannon (18th, Cincinnati), Chad Peshke (33rd, Cleveland) and Jed Stringham (36th, Detroit).

* Oakland Athletic Barry Zito pitched his freshman season at UCSB before transfering to Pierce JC and then finishing at USC. Current Texas Ranger second baseman, Mike Young, was a teammate of Zito's at UCSB in 1997.