UCSB Finishes Up Home Schedule With Pacific

Marc Venning (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Marc Venning (Photo by Vince Agapito)

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• The Schedule
Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Pacific (13-34, 5-16)
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. vs. Pacific
Sunday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Pacific
All-Time Record vs. the TIgers: 72-33
All games at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium

• Fan Parking Advisory
For Sunday's home finale, Stadium Road will be closed to accommodate the Extravaganza Music Festival taking place at Harder Stadium. Baseball fans wanting to park at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium will be able to do so, but must enter Stadium Road through El Colegio Road, not Mesa Road, and alert the attendants that you wish to park by the field.   

• RPI Report
After going 4-1 in five games over the last week, UCSB made a big jump in the RPI rankings for a third consecutive week. Entering last weekend's CSUN series ranked 71st, the Gauchos now find themselves at No. 47 in the rankings heading into their home finale with Pacific. Among Big West teams, UCSB is third in the RPI behind Cal State Fullerton (No. 8) and Cal Poly (No. 29).

• Home Cooking
Based on their performance at home this season, the Gauchos will be sorry to say farewell to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium after this weekend's series. Currently 5-0-1in home series, UCSB can go undefeated in all home series for an entire season for the first time in program history with a win over Pacific. Freshmen Robby Nesovic (.401 batting average, .481 on-base percentage) and Dylan Hecht (0.49 ERA, 27 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched) in particular have amped up their performances at home.  

• Getting Hot at the Right Time
With last weekend's series win over Cal State Northridge, the Gauchos have now won four consecutive series. That is the first time that has happened since 2001, when UCSB claimed six straight series between Apr. 6 and May 13. Also, their 6-1 record over their last seven games represents UCSB's best performance over a seven-game stretch this season.

• Taming the Tigers
Though UCSB has generally had Pacific's number historically, the Gauchos have turned up the heat on the Tigers in recent years, winning eight of the last nine contests between the two teams, including series sweeps in 2012 and 2010. Pacific has really struggled on the road this year, going just 3-19 away from home.

• Winning Big and Winning Small
The Gauchos have had walk-off wins in each of their last two home games, but the winning hits could not have been more disparate. On May 5 against then-No. 19 UCI, Joey Epperson ended a "Big West Field Player of the Week" performance with an exclamation point, hitting a walk-off homer off closer Race Parmenter, the first walk-off roundtripper by a Gaucho this season. Then on Monday against Washington State, Cameron Newell surprised everyone with a two-out, walk-off drag bunt single that plated Ryan Clark to rescue a 7-6 victory for the Gauchos. UCSB has excelled in close games this year, sporting a 9-3 record in one-run contests.

• Gauchos Over the Air
UCSB Athletics and the Santa Barbara News-Press radio will broadcast a 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 Pacific series can be heard on AM 1290 and on UCSBgauchos.com.