• The Schedule
Friday May 20 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday May 21, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 22, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis (16-30, 8-10)
at UC Davis' Dobbins Baseball Complex
Overall record vs. the Aggies - 7-11
Last series win - 2009 (4/9 - 4/11 @ UCD; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2010 (5/21 - 5/23 @ UCSB; 0-3)
Last time out vs. the Aggies - L, 9-8 (10 inn) (5/23/10 vs. UCD)
Streak - Lost 4
All 3 games broadcast live on AM 1290 and online at UCSBgauchos.com
• Projected Starters
Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start Fri RHP Greg Davis 4-4, 3.03 ERA (5/13) 5.0 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (L) Sat RHP Matt Vedo 4-6, 5.40 ERA (5/14) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K (L) Sun LHP Nick Capito 4-3, 3.42 ERA (5/7) 7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (L)
• Hammerin' Haddow
Senior Mark Haddow's name is all over the conference's leaderboard: his .351 batting average is 5th; his .560 slugging percentage is 1st; his .423 on-base percentage is 6th; his 34 runs scored are 10th; his 36 RBI are 4th; his 6 home runs are 2nd; his four triples are 2nd; his 94 total bases are 2nd; and his 14 stolen bases are tied for 3rd. Haddow is the only conference player ranked in the top-10 in those categories.
• Center of Attention
Leadoff hitter Derek Eligio is currently riding a career-high tying seven-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .407 (11-for-27) with nine runs scored. The senior centerfielder has hits in 10 of his last 11 games and is batting .300 with nine runs scored and six RBI in Big West play.
• Where There's a Williams, There's a Way
Sean Williams enters the week with a .331 batting average. He ranks second on the team in that stat, as well as runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases and slugging percentage. Among players with at least 100 at bats, Williams is easily the team's leader in batting average with runners in scoring position. The senior second baseman is 27-for-73 in those situations, a nifty .370. Mark Haddow is second at .352. On the other hand, Williams hasn't experienced the same success when he comes to the plate with nobody on. In those situations he has 30 hits in 99 at bats, .303.
• The Lowdown on ERA
It's been a long time since UCSB had 11 pitchers with earned run averages below 4.00. Granted, three of the pitchers have hurled 6.0 innings or less, but it's still an impressive feat. Leading the way for the Gauchos has been a particularly stingy relief corp. Senior Bryce Uhrig, a Santa Barbara native, leads the team in appearances with 28 and sports an outstanding 2.15 ERA. Senior lefty Nick Capito, who has made three starts to go along with his 17 relief appearances, has thrown 52.2 innings and has a solid 3.42 ERA. As a team, UCSB's ERA sits at 3.86 overall, a figure that ranks sixth in the Big West Conference.
• The 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 73 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only eight had been drafted before entering UCSB.