April 19, 2012

UCSB Baseball Heads to Pacific for 3 Games

• The Schedule
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific (11-24, 1-5)
at Pacific's Klein Family Field (2,500)
Overall record vs. the Tigers – 69-33
Last series win – 2011 (5/27 - 5/29 @ UCSB – 2-1)
Last series loss – 2006 (4/13 - 4/15 @ UOP – 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Tigers – L, 8-5 @ UCSB (5/29/11)
Streak – Lost 1

• On the Radio
All of UCSB's Big West Conference games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara and live online by clicking here. Included in the broadcast schedule is a majority of the rest of the Gauchos' schedule, which will be broadcast exclusively live online. To see a full schedule of Gaucho baseball on the air, click here.


• Vasquez Vanquishes Villains
Six-foot-six freshman left-hander Andrew Vasquez leads all Big West pitchers with a 1.66 ERA and his .191 batting average against is third. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native's 66 strikeouts are second only to teammate Matt Vedo's 70. Vasquez has pitched into the sixth inning in all but one of his starts and has struck out at least six hitters in all but one of his outings. Vasquez's 54.1 innings pitched are ninth-most in the Big West.

• V is for Vertigan
Entering this week, there is no player in the Big West who ranks in the top-five of as many categories as junior Brett Vertigan does. He is third in batting average (.368), second in slugging (.523), fifth in on-base percentage (.434), first in runs scored (36), first in hits (57), first in triples (6), first in total bases (81) and second in stolen bases (11).

• Rags to Riches
Although he has reached base in all but three games this season, Lance Roenicke has started to heat up with the weather. After going 4-for-31 and seeing his batting average sink 77 points, the senior from Chino Hills, Calif. has gone 13 for his last 34 to boost his average back to .321. Roenicke is tied for the Big West lead with 12 doubles and he has five multi-hit games in his last eight.

• Doing It All
Freshman Greg Mahle has been a big hit as he has a team-high 22 RBI (fourth in the Big West) and his .347 batting average is third on the squad (and top-10 in the Big West). Mahle, who hails from Westminster, Calif., has reached base in 30 of his 33 games, too.  The southpaw has also become the Gauchos' closer with four saves and seven games finished.

• High Marks for Trinkwon
Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon ranks in the top five in the Big West in batting average (.352), slugging percentage (.512) and on-base percentage (.478). His 29 walks are the best mark amongst conference players.

UCSB Quick Fact
Both Matt Vedo (70) and Andrew Vasquez (66) are on pace to break into the school's top-10 in single-season strikeouts. There has been just one time in history that teammates have struck out more than this duo – 1997 when Barry Zito (123) and Bryan Noyes (89) did it.

By the Numbers
6 – Number of double plays the Gauchos have hit into this season, easily the lowest mark amongst Big West teams. The next closest mark is 12 by UC Riverside.

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