Gauchos Face Pair of Top-25 Teams This Week

May 10, 2011

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• The Schedule
Wednesday May 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at No. 13/20/18 UCLA (27-16)
at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,250)
Overall record vs. the Bruins - 34-54
Last series win - 2005 (4/15 - 4/17 @ UCSB; 2-1)
Last series loss - 1980 (2/6 @ UCSB; 0-2)
Last time out vs. the Bruins - L, 6-2 (5/18/10 @ #10 UCLA)
Streak - Lost 3
Game broadcast live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here
Live stats available by clicking here

Friday May 13 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday May 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 22/18/19 UC Irvine (31-13, 10-5)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Anteaters - 36-34
Last series win - 1992 (4/29 - 4/31 @ UCSB; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2010 (5/14 - 5/16 @ UCI; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Anteaters - W, 2-1 (5/16/10 @ #27 UCI)
Streak - Won 1
All 3 games broadcast live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here
Live stats available via 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
Tues ... RHP Nick Loredo ... 3-2, 4.03 ERA ... (4/26) 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (ND) Fri ... RHP Greg Davis ... 4-4, 3.03 ERA ... (5/6) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (L) Sat ... TBA Sun ... TBA

• POW ... Again
Junior Matt Vedo was named the Big West's Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete game, allowing four hits, an unearned run and striking out a career-best nine hitters on Sunday at Cal State Northridge. Vedo earned his second conference POW, becoming the second Gaucho in as many seasons to win the award twice. Last year Mario Hollands was the Big West Pitcher of the Week for the weeks of Mar. 1 and Mar. 15.

• Big Willy Style
Four weeks ago, Sean Williams' batting average was .387. It dipped to .326 until his current eight-game hitting streak (14-for-31, .452) boosted it back to .352. That mark stands as the third-best clip in the Big West. Williams is aiming to be the first Gaucho to lead the conference in batting since Bill Geivett did so with a .412 average in 1985.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Senior Mark Haddow's name is all over the conference's leaderboard: his .340 batting average is 10th; his .542 slugging percentage is 1st; his .412 on-base percentage is 8th; his 30 runs scored are 10th; his 35 RBI are 3rd; his five home runs are 2nd; his four triples lead the conference; his 83 total bases are 3rd; and his 13 stolen bases are 4th. Haddow is the only conference player ranked in the top-10 in those categories.

By the Numbers

.221 - Batting average allowed by senior LHP Nick Capito, ranking as the fifth-lowest mark in the Big West.

UCSB Quick Fact
Last season UCSB's pitching staff combined for eight complete games. Following Matthew Vedo's complete game on Sunday, this year's staff has totaled four.

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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