UCSB Heads to Irvine; Will Be Featured on ESPN

UCSB Heads to Irvine; Will Be Featured on ESPN

• The Schedule
Friday, May 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. – on ESPNU
UC Santa Barbara (23-19, 9-6) at UC Irvine (24-17, 8-7)
at UC Irvine's Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark (2,900)
Overall record vs. the Anteaters – 36-37
Last series win – 1992 (4/29 - 4/31 @ UCSB – 2-1)
Last series loss – 2011 (5/13 - 5/15 @ UCSB – 0-3)
Last time out vs. the Anteaters – L, 4-2 @ UCSB (5/15/11)
Streak – Lost 3

• Sunday's Game at Irvine Televised
For the first time in over two decades, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team will be featured on television and will make its inaugural appearance on the ESPN family of networks this season.The Gauchos' game at UC Irvine on Sunday, May 6 will be televised on ESPNU with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. It will mark the first time since the 1990 season that UCSB has been featured on either a regional or national TV network. For more information, click here.

• Huddle Up!
All UC Santa Barbara baseball fans are invited to the latest Gaucho Baseball Huddle, which will take place on Saturday, May 5 immediately following the game at UC Irvine. For just $25, fans will receive a ticket to the 1 p.m. game at UC Irvine and entrance into the special postgame reception at Steelhead Brewery, located just off the Irvine campus. The event will feature Gaucho coaches and players in this exclusive postgame reception. For more information, click here.

• 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 Named to National Watch List
Six-foot-six freshman left-hander Andrew Vasquez has been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List – one of just 51 pitchers in the nation to be so honored. Vasquez leads the Big West in three important categories – with a 1.74 ER, a .188 batting average against and his 81 K's. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native  also ranks in the top-10 in innings pitched (67.1, 7th), wins (6, 2nd) and starts (11, 2nd).

• V is for Vertigan
Junior centerfielder Brett Vertigan is the only player to be ranked in the top-10 in as many categories as he currently is. He leads the Big West with a .377 batting average in an effort to become the first Gaucho since Bill Geivett in 1985 (.412) to lead the conference in batting. Vertigan also ranks high in slugging percentage (2nd, .519), on-base percentage (2nd, .450), hits (1st, 69), runs (1st, 44), stolen bases (1st, 17), triples (1st, 6) and total bases (2nd, 95) and walks (10th, 19).

• High Marks for Trinkwon
Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon ranks in the top-10 in the Big West in batting average (7th, .342), slugging percentage (4th, .500) and on-base percentage (1st, .478).

• Pitch Around Them
Two Gauchos rank among the nation's toughest to strike out as Brett Vertigan strikes out just once every 14.1 at-bats (63rd) and Greg Mahle once every 13.9 at-bats (69th). Brandon Trinkwon ranks 21st in the nation with his 36 walks.

• Set 'Em Up, Knock 'Em Down
UCSB's pitching staff has struck out an astounding 345 batters this season, which already ranks the squad 7th in single-season school history. The record is 428 by the 1984 team. At their current pace, the Gauchos are due to strike out 463 batters this season and the team's 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in the 21st-best mark in the country. Matt Vedo's 11.41 strikeouts per nine innings is 10th in the nation while Andrew Vasquez's 10.83 is 20th. Vasquez's 81 K's rank him 16th overall and Vedo's 79 are 26th nationally.

• Double Your Pleasure
UCSB has turned 47 double plays this season, ranking the team 11th in the nation.

• Rubber Soul
UCSB's pitching staff boasts a 3.68 ERA setting the team on pace for consecutive sub-4.00 ERA's for the first time in two decades as the 2011 team's 3.65 ERA was the program's lowest since a 3.24 clip in 1984.

UCSB Quick Fact
Brett Vertigan ranks not only as one of the best in the Big West, but in the nation, too. Entering this week, his .377 batting average is 66th, his 44 runs is 46th, his six triples are 9th, his 95 total bases are 84th and his 17 stolen bases are 72nd.

By the Numbers
5 – Wins needed by head coach Andrew Checketts – in 14 remaining games – to secure the most victories by a first-year coach in UCSB history. Al Ferrer's 27 wins in 1981 are the standard.