UCSB Closes Out 2014 Regular Season at UC Davis

Austin Pettibone (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Austin Pettibone (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• The Schedule
Thursday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at UC Davis (23-28, 7-14)
Friday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. at UCD
Saturday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. at UCD
All-Time Record vs. Aggies: 14-13
2013 series: UCSB swept 3-0
UC Davis Streak/Last 10: Won 2/5-5

• UCSB Baseball on the Radio
All three games of the UC Davis series will be broadcasted live over the air on AM 1290 – Santa Barbara News-Press Radio – and online at UCSBgauchos.com. Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos, will have the call for all UCSB Baseball broadcasts this season. For links to all UCSBgauchos.com broadcasts, click here.

• Probable Starters
Thurday: LHP Justin Jacome (7-2, 2.74 ERA) vs. RHP Spencer Koopmans (4-2, 2.92 ERA)
Friday: RHP Austin Pettibone (4-1, 2.79 ERA) vs. RHP Harry Stanwyck (3-7, 5.45 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Shane Bieber (2-4, 3.86 ERA) vs. RHP Evan Wolf (4-5, 4.23 ERA)

• Series Win Over USF Gives Clinches Program Record
Winning their series against USF last weekend, the Gauchos finished the 2014 regular season with a 22-5-1 record in non-conference games (.815 winning percentage), the best non-league record in program history. The mark previously belonged to the 1984 team that went 31-10 in non-conference tilts for a .756 winning percentage.

• 30-Win Club
With Friday's win, UCSB clinched its second consecutive 30-win season. This is a first for the program since the 1991-92 seasons. Andrew Checketts is just the second head coach in program history to lead the Gauchos to consecutive 30-win seasons (Al Ferrer is the other, having picked up 30+ wins every year from 1982-87 and 1990-92).

• Mucho Mahle
If you've been to a UCSB baseball game over the past three seasons, there's a pretty good chance that you've seen Greg Mahle pitch. The oft-used lefty notched his Big West-leading 30th appearance of the season on Sunday, becoming just the second Gaucho ever to have multiple 30+ appearance seasons (Justin Segal – 2006 and 2007). Mahle now has 81 pitching appearances in his UCSB career, tied with Dan Yokubaitis (1980-83) for second-most in program history behind Segal's 108.

• Resurgent Pettibone Hurls Second Consecutive Gem
Following his four-hit shutout of Cal State Northridge on May 10, junior righty Austin Pettibone one-upped himself by throwing another shutout at USF last Saturday, striking out a career-high 10 batters in the process and shattering his previous high-mark of six. For the second straight week, Pettibone had just one batter reach scoring position, as USF's Cody Snider stole second in the third after reaching on a walk. The victory gave him 22 for his career, tying Jeff Chancer (1969-71) for third-most in program history. A win in the season's final weekend will give him the most wins ever by a Gaucho pitcher over a three-year period.

• Seeing Double
In Saturday's 6-0 win at USF, Pettibone became the first pitcher in program history to throw complete game shutouts in back-to-back appearances. He became just the eighth UCSB pitcher to have two shutouts in one season overall as well. With four shutouts in his Gaucho career, Pettibone is tied for second-most in program history, trailing only Brad Kinney, who had five over the 1983-84 seasons.

• Hit (by Pitch) and Run
Barring a minor miracle over the season's final weekend, UCSB will end 2014 as the Big West's leader in both stolen bases and hit batsmen. The Gauchos have maintained sizable leads over their conference-mates in both stats all year (second-place UCR has 66 stolen bases while UCI has 69 HBPs). With 93 hit batsmen this year, UCSB has clinched consecutive 90+ HBP seasons for the first time in program history, and the team is just four behind last year's program-record figure of 97 HBPs. The Gauchos' 82 stolen bases are the most for the program since the 1991 season (144). Nationwide, UCSB ranks 11th in hit batsmen and 30th in swiped bags.

• RPI Report
After winning its series against San Francisco, UCSB jumped six spots to No. 57 in the official NCAA RPI. Last year, UCSB occupied the same spot (No. 57) before receiving an at-large bid into the NCAA Tourney.

• Three Gauchos Land on National Watch Lists
Peter Maris (Brooks Wallace Award, top collegiate SS) and Dillon Tate (NCBWA Stopper of the Year, top collegiate reliever) were both added to watch lists for national awards late in April, joining Joey Epperson (Golden Spikes Award, top collegiate player) as Gauchos under consideration for NCAA honors.