Gauchos and Mustangs Resume Blue-Green Rivalry at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
• The Schedule
Friday, Apr. 5 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Cal Poly (20-6, 3-0)
Saturday, Apr. 6 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Cal Poly
Sunday, Apr. 7 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Cal Poly
All-Time Record vs. the Mustangs: 88-63-1
Tuesday, Apr. 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Pepperdine
All-Time record vs. the Waves: 57-63-3
• The Gaucho Huddle
When UCSB Baseball heads to the University of San Diego for a night game on Apr. 16, UCSB Athletics and the Gaucho Fund will host a "Gaucho Huddle," welcoming UCSB fans to come together and cheer on the Gauchos. The event will consist of a pre-game reception, held on the USD campus at Fowler Park. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the reception will include food, beverages, and the chance to meet other UCSB diehards. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Andy Graham, Assistant Director of the Gaucho Fund, at email@example.com or at 805-893-3722.
• Two For the Money
The Gauchos have been one of the best teams in the conference at converting double
play balls, as UCSB has recorded a Big West best 23 twin killings. First baseman Tyler
Kuresa has been on the receiving end of 20 of those double plays, while Brandon Trinkwon
(15) and Parker Miles (9) have been the most frequent double-play partners up
the middle. Conversely, UCSB has hit into just seven double plays, fewest in the Big West.
Jackson Morrow and Trinkwon have hit into two apiece, but the rest of the lineup has
combined to hit into just three.
• Keep Your Head Up
Entering the weekend, the Gauchos ranked second in the Big West Conference in both
hit by pitches (50) and hit batters (29). UCSB ranks eighth in the nation in HBPs, 18
behind national leaders Delaware St., who have been plunked 68 times. Woody Woodward's
conference-leading nine hit by pitches places him 34th nationally, while Andrew
Vasquez has kept opposing lineups on alert with a team-high five hit batters.
• Slick Fielding
With just one error in their last five games, including a four game errorless streak in
Hawai'i, the Gauchos have improved their team fielding percentage to .977, third in the
Big West and 17th nationally (the Big West boasts the third and fourth best fielding percentages
in UCI and Hawai'i). Trinkwon (two errors in 152 chances), Kuresa (three errors
253 chances) and Jackson Morrow (no errors in 182 chances) have been the defensive
backbone so far for UCSB.
• Home Cooking
So far in 2013, the Gauchos have fared considerably better at home (.667 winning percentage)
than on the road (.333 winning percentage). Strangely enough, UCSB's +.333
differential at home is only fifth best in the conference, as UC Riverside (.683 differential),
Long Beach State (+.444), UC Irvine (+.368), and Pacific (+.418) have all struggled on
the road as well. The stark contrast for the Gauchos has been the pitching, as UCSB has
compiled a 5.63 ERA on the road compared to a 3.24 ERA at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
UCSB has hit .272 in 15 home games compared to just .234 in 12 away contests.
• Preseason Publicity
Following their stellar 2012 seasons, a pair of Gauchos were selected as Preseason All-
Americans. In December, sophomore LHP Andrew Vasquez was named to the Second
Team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while junior shortstop
Brandon Trinkwon was named to the Baseball America Second-Team. Brandon was also
noted as the top defensive infielder in college baseball. In addition, 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 and the first time the Gauchos had appeared on the list
in school history. Perfect Game also pegged the recruiting class as No. 18 in the country.
• 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. All
three games of the Cal Poly series can be heard on AM 1290 and on UCSBgauchos.com.