Gauchos Close Out Year at UCLA, UC Davis; AM 1290 to Carry All Four Games

Cameron Newell (Photo by Vince Agapito)

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• UCLA Game Added to AM 1290 Broadcast Schedule
Tuesday's matchup at UCLA has been picked up by AM 1290 and will be broadcasted live, starting with a pregame show at 5:30 p.m. Gerry Fall – the Voice of the Gauchos – will have the call, with Kevin Cannon providing color commentary. All three games of the UC Davis series will feature on AM 1290 as well. UCSB Athletics and the Santa Barbara News-Press radio have teamed up to broadcast a majority of UCSB baseball's games this season, with 32 games being carried over the air by AM 1290 and online through UCSBgauchos.com and another 17 games airing exclusively online.

• The Schedule
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. at No. 8 UCLA (37-15)
All-time record vs. the Bruins: 35-55
Thursday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. at UC Davis (19-34, 5-19)
Friday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m. at UC Davis
Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. at UC Davis
All-Time Record vs. the Aggies: 11-13

• RPI Report
Despite taking two of three from Pacific over the weekend, UCSB saw itself slip a bit in the RPI rankings. After entering last weekend in the top-50, the Gauchos enter this week ranked at No. 58 in the RPI. Among Big West teams, UCSB is third in the RPI behind Cal State Fullerton (No. 7) and Cal Poly (No. 23).

• Pettibone the Workhorse
Sophomore right-hander Austin Pettibone has been racking up the innings for the Gauchos, leading the conference with 102 innings pitched. He is UCSB's first 100-inning pitcher since Michael Martin in 2005. The Gauchos' Friday ace has thrown 100+ pitches in eight of his 14 starts, while his lowest pitch count (79) actually came in a complete game shutout. He has pitched into the sixth inning in every start, while reaching the seventh in all but two starts.  

• Going Streaking
With last weekend's series win over Pacific, the Gauchos have now won five 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 8-2 record over their last ten games represents UCSB's best performance over a ten-game stretch this season.

• Quality Control
Playing five games in seven days, each of UCSB's starters did the bullpen a favor by pitching deep into the game. Five different starters combined to throw five quality starts over the week, as Domenic Mazza (6 IP, 3 ER), Justin Jacome (6.1 IP, 1 ER), Austin Pettibone (8 IP, 1 ER), Robby Nesovic (6.1 IP, 3 ER), and Andrew Vasquez (7.1 IP, 0 ER) led the team to a 4-1 slate.

• UCSB Against Ranked Opponents
The Gauchos have gone 7-7 this season against ranked opponents, the highlights coming in series wins over conference-mates No. 19 UC Irvine and No. 17 Cal Poly and a 2-0 road shutout of No. 4 Cal State Fullerton. In their Feb. 26 matchup this season, the Bruins handed UCSB a nine-run loss, their largest margin of loss this season, but the Gauchos will field a much different lineup this time around while throwing Justin Jacome, who has been UCSB's Saturday starter for the majority of the season.

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