UCSB Baseball Heads to Cal Poly for Final Big West Weekend

UCSB Baseball Heads to Cal Poly for Final Big West Weekend

• The Schedule
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (30-20, 10-8)
at Cal Poly's Baggett Stadium (1,734)
Overall record vs. the Mustangs – 86-58-1
Last series win – 2011 (4/8 - 4/10 @ UCSB – 2-1)
Last series loss – 2009 (4/24 - 4/26 @ UCSB – 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Mustangs – W, 6-5 @ UCSB (4/10/12)
Streak – Won 3

• 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 went 5-for-10 with three RBI vs. Fullerton and is hitting .333 (10th in the Big West) with 28 RBI. The lefty has four saves overall this year and a 1.93 ERA in conference action.

• 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 1.73 ERA and a .197 batting average against.  The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native is second in strikeouts (90) and in just three of his 13 starts has Vasquez allowed more than one earned run while going into the sixth inning in all but three of his starts.

• 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 is third in the Big West with a .366 batting average and ranks high in slugging percentage (2nd, .507), on-base percentage (3rd, .440), hits (2nd, 75), runs (2nd, 47), stolen bases (1st, 17), triples (1st, 7) and total bases (3rd, 104).

• For It's 1, 2, 3 Strikes You're Out at the Old Ballgame
UCSB's pitching staff has struck out an astounding 383 batters this season, which already ranks the squad 3rd in single-season school history. The record is 428 by the 1984 team. At their current pace, the Gauchos are due to strike out 447 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 8th in the nation while Andrew Vasquez's 10.38 is 27th. Vasquez's 90 K's rank him 30th overall and Vedo's 89 punchouts are 33rd nationally. Their strikeout totals each rank them in the single-season top-10 in school history.

• High Marks for Trinkwon
Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon continues to lead the Big West with his .479 on-base percentage (29th in the nation) and his 38 walks (29th in the nation) while ranking fifth with a .351 batting average, third with a .506 slugging percentage and eighth with 30 RBI.

• Nationally Ranked
Brett Vertigan ranks as one of the nation's toughest to strike out as he K's just once every 13.7 at-bats (63rd) ... as a team the Gauchos rank seventh in the nation with an average of 1.08 double plays turned per game.

By the Numbers
179 – Combined strikeouts of Andrew Vasquez and Matt Vedo, who are 34 away from breaking the all-time combined mark in UCSB history by teammates.

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.