Gauchos Conclude Successful Summer League Seasons

Sept. 14, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After completing last season, senior reliever Justin Segal found innings on the rubber for the Chatham A's of the always-competitive Cape Cod League. Segal, who was the Gaucho closer last season, amassed a 1-1 record for the A's in seventeen appearances and 21.1 IP, surrendering only fifteen hits and ten walks while striking out thirteen batters to post an astounding 0.84 ERA. After leading the team in games finished for the Gauchos in 2006, the submariner did much of the same for Chatham with a team-high ten games finished on the year. Senior returnees Mario Lewis, Jeff Braun and Justin Aspegren elected to stay in Santa Barbara to play summer ball for the 2006 NBC World Series Champion Santa Barbara Foresters. Lewis, the Gauchos' everyday right fielder last year, finished with a .262 batting average and five stolen bases on the summer. The left-handed Braun went 3-0 in six starts and toted a 1.56 ERA in 34.2 IP. In addition, the Valencia, Calif. native tallied eighteen strikeouts and held opponents to a .205 batting average against. Aspegren accumulated a 1-1 record in seven appearances (two starts) and 18.1 IP. Over those innings, the Napa, Calif. native posted an impressive 1.47 ERA and seventeen strikeouts while allowing opponents to bat a measly .194 at the plate.

Senior right-hander Bryan Fleming found work on the hill for the Maxim Yankees of the West Coast Summer League. Fleming, one of last season's four starters, appeared in ten games for Maxim, posting a 4-1 record and a 5.51 ERA in 47.1 IP while striking out thirty-nine batters. Seniors Robbie Blauer and Matt Anderson, junior infielder Patrick Rose and sophomore infielder Shane Carlson all managed to stay together this summer, finding time on the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League. After outstanding seasons for the Paddlers, Blauer, Carlson and Rose all were awarded All-Star bids. Sophomores Chris McMurray and Anthony Martin also spent their summer days on the shores of Hawaii, playing for the Kauai Menehunes and Waikiki Surfers, respectively. McMurray, who stepped in as one of the Gauchos' starting catchers last season, earned an All-Star bid after a tremendous showing for the Menehunes.

Sophomore Matt Wade appeared in only three games for the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley League, but in his 7.2 innings of work, the right-hander accumulated a 1-0 record while sporting a 3.52 ERA with eight strikeouts and only four walks. Fellow sophomores Brian Gump and Austin Hogans along with freshmen Alex Graham and Pat Scardino all had outstanding seasons playing for the Monterey Bay Sox of the California Collegiate League.

Freshman backstop Cody Dee and junior LHP Kyle Brown worked together this summer, both landing a spot on the roster for Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Dee finished with a .250 batting average and five doubles on the summer. Brown, a transfer from Golden West College, amassed a 1-0 record for Rockville in eight appearances and 37.2 IP, surrendering only nine walks while striking out nineteen batters and holding opponents to a .194 batting average against to post a 2.15 ERA.

Future Gaucho Chris Fox, a junior transfer from El Camino Junior College, found time on the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaska Baseball League. In thirty-three games played, Fox batted .316 (36-144) with nineteen runs scored, three doubles, three stolen bases and thirteen RBI.