April 15, 2014

Checketts, Tate, McLaughlin, Nielsen to Appear on Tonight's Talk'n Gauchos

Head coach Andrew Checketts and closer Dillon Tate from the UCSB baseball team will be joined by head coach Rick McLaughlin and junior outside hitter Weston Nielsen of the men's volleyball team as the featured guests on this week's Talk'n Gauchos radio show, which will air live on AM 1290 KZSB from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday night.  

As always, the show will broadcast live from the Beachside Bar Café on beautiful Goleta Beach and will be hosted by The Voice of the Gauchos, Gerry Fall.

An online audio simulcast of the program can be found on UCSB's listen live page.

Checketts and the baseball team are currently ranked No. 14 in the nation, their seventh consecutive week amongst the top-25. The Gauchos are coming off of a series win against Cal State Fullerton, their first series win at home over the Titans since the 1985 season. This weekend, they will travel to Long Beach State for a three-game set beginning on Thursday night.

Tate, UCSB's sophomore closer, is having a spectacular season at the back of the bullpen. With eight saves, he is one away from tying the program's freshman record. The flamethrower has accrued a 0.92 ERA this year 25 strikeouts in just 19.2 innings pitched.

After sweeping Cal Baptist and upsetting MPSF regular season champs BYU last week, McLaughlin and the men's volleyball team secured the fourth seed in the MPSF Tournament to earn the program's first postseason home match since the 2007 season. The Gauchos will welcome fifth-seeded UCLA to Rob Gym this Saturday night in the MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals. Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-893-UCSB.

Nielsen was a key figure in UCSB's two wins last season, striking 30 kills on an astounding .542 hitting percentage. For his efforts, he was named the MPSF Player of the Week.

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