Gauchos Host #8 Fullerton in Final Home Series of Season
• The Schedule
Friday, May 11, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. – **Senior Day**
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (30-14, 12-3)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the Titans – 35-97
Last series win – 2007 (5/4 - 5/6 @ CSUF – 2-1)
Last series loss – 2011 (4/15 - 4/17 @ CSUF – 0-3)
Last time out vs. the Titans – L, 5-4 @CSUF (4/17/11)
Streak – Lost 5
• 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.
• Double Duty
Freshman Greg Mahle was recognized as one of the best two-way players when he was named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List. Mahle is one of just 20 players to be so honored. The Westminster, Calif. native is hitting .322 with 25 RBI – both third on the team – and he has four saves and has struck out 39 hitters in 41.1 innings pitched with a 3.00 ERA in 13 relief appearances. Read more about Greg by clicking here.
• Vasquez Vanquishes Villains
Six-foot-six freshman left-hander Andrew Vasquez is one of just 51 pitchers in the nation been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Vasquez leads the Big West with a 1.71 ERA and his 86 strikeouts. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native is third in batting average against (.198), eighth in innings pitched (73.2) and third in wins (6). In just three of his 12 starts has Vasquez allowed more than one earned run.
• 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 .371 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, .515), on-base percentage (2nd, .446), hits (1st, 72), runs (2nd, 44), stolen bases (1st, 17), triples (1st, 7), total bases (2nd, 100) and walks (9th, 21).
• For It's 1, 2, 3 Strikes You're Out at the Old Ballgame
UCSB's pitching staff has struck out an astounding 361 batters this season, which already ranks the squad 6th in single-season school history. The record is 428 by the 1984 team. At their current pace, the Gauchos are due to strike out 449 batters this season and the team's 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings in the 24th-best mark in the country. Matt Vedo's 11.41 strikeouts per nine innings is 9th in the nation while Andrew Vasquez's 10.50 is 24th. Vasquez's 86 K's rank him 22nd overall and Vedo's 82 punchouts are 36th nationally.
• High Marks for Trinkwon
Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon leads the Big West with his .477 on-base percentage (35th in the nation) and his 38 walks (22nd in the nation) while ranking sixth with a .344 batting average, fourth with a .497 slugging percentage and eighth with 27 RBI.
• Pitch Around Them
Two Gauchos rank among the nation's toughest to strike out as Brett Vertigan strikes out just once every 13.9 at-bats (65th) and Greg Mahle once every 12.4 at-bats (89th).
UCSB Quick Fact
Lance Roenicke has recorded 14 sacrifice bunts this season, which has set a new single-season record at UCSB. The senior has already eclipsed the previous total of 13 that Brian Gump had in the 2006 season.
By the Numbers
1.13 – Average double plays turned by the Gauchos per game, ranking the team seventh in the nation. UCSB's 51 double plays this season are also seventh-best nationally.