RADIO ALERT: Both Friday and Saturday's games have been added to the broadcast schedule. Along with Sunday's finale, which was already scheduled to be broadcasted, the entire series will be covered on radio at UCSBgauchos.com. Links to the audio feeds can be found through the broadcast schedule and baseball team schedule pages.
• The Schedule
Friday, Mar. 15 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Sacramento State (10-6)
Saturday, Mar 16 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Sacramento State
Sunday, Mar 17 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Sacramento State
All-Time record vs. the Hornets: 27-22-2
All Games at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
• On the Rebound
UCSB's sweep at the hands of the Texas Longhorns represented the Gauchos first series
loss of the season. In 2012, the Gauchos rebounded well, winning four of the six series
they played after having lost a series the previous weekend. The last time the Gauchos
lost their first series so late in the year was 2009, when they won their first two series but
lost a three-game set at Cal State Northridge from Mar. 27-29.
• Digging for Gold
The current UCSB freshman class was ranked as the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation
by Baseball America, tops among all Big West schools. It was the first time the Gauchos
had appeared on the list in school history. It was also ranked No. 18 by Perfect Game, falling
just short of CSU Fullerton's No. 17 ranking among Big West schools. In all, there are
20 new faces on the 2013 squad, including 15 freshmen and five junior college transfers.
• Rank and File
The Gauchos' mid-week win over No. 17 Notre Dame on Tuesday gave them their first
victory over a ranked opponent this season, after having lost to No. 12 UCLA on Feb. 26.
UCSB went 2-5 against ranked opponents in 2012, taking a game each from No. 8 Cal
State Fullerton and No. 23 Oregon State. Later this year, the Gauchos face potentially
ranked opponents in Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal Poly, San Diego, and UCLA.
• Nesovic Steps Into Spotlight
Freshman designated hitter/RHP Robby Nesovic made the most of the first extensive
playing he has received this season, collecting 5 hits in 9 AB's over the last week, culminating
with a start in the cleanup spot vs. No. 17 Notre Dame. His best game came in the
series finale at Texas on Sunday, Mar. 10 when he drove in four runs while going 2-4. His
.421 batting average would lead the team if it qualified.
• Making Contact
The Gauchos are having little difficulty making contact with the ball so far in 2013, whiffing
just 78 times – the fewest among all Big West teams. Woody Woodward (7.8 ABs per K),
Luke Swenson (13.0 ABs per K), Tyler Kuresa (8.2 ABs per K) and Brandon Trinkwon (15.8
ABs per K) have all fanned out way below the league average of 5.59 at bats per strikeout.
• American Boys
Following their stellar 2012 seasons, a pair of Gauchos were selected as Preseason All-
Americans. In December, sophomore lefty Andrew Vasquez was named to the Second
Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after recording a 1.93 ERA
as a freshman, the fourth best full-season ERA in school history. Junior SS Brandon Trinkwon
was named to the Baseball America Second-Team after hitting .347 as a sophomore
and starting the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. Brandon was also noted as the top
defensive infielder in college baseball.
• Gauchos Over the Air
UCSB Athletics and the Santa Barbara News Press radio will broadcast a vast majority of
UCSB Baseball's games this season, with 30 games being carried over the air by AM 1290
and online through UCSBgauchos.com and another 17 games airing exclusively online.