10 Matt Vasquez
10 Matt Vasquez
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
High School: Santa Barbara H.S.
Position: RHP
Honors: 2V
Will start the season as the Gaucho's Friday starter.

Led the Gauchos in starts (16), innings pitched (99.1), and strikeouts (69)...Started the season by winning four of his first five starts, but only won one game after that, finishing the season with a mark of 5-10...Surrendered only two runs in 10 inning performance against national powerhouse Cal State Fullerton on April 19...Had a season high seven strikeouts in seven innings of work in win over San Jose State on Feb. 17.

Fresh out of Santa Barbara High School Vasquez enjoyed a standout freshman campaign culminating with a Freshman All-American Selection...Was the mid-week starter for the Gauchos getting nine starts in 16 games pitched...Posted a 5-4 record to go with 3.95 ERA which was second lowest total for a starter and third overall for the Gauchos...Showed exceptional control for a freshman walking only 19 batters in 68.1 innings pitched while striking out 49 batters...Most impressive start came against Long Beach St. where Vasquez held the 49ers to three hits and one earned run in seven innings in a 5-4 win.

High School
Played for coach Fred Warrecker at Santa Barbara High School...Two-time Channel League Most Valuable Player and All-CIF choice...Named to All-State team following his senior season...Played both third base and pitcher...Member of an 11-0 Channel League Champion Dons team...Had a two-year combined record of 23-3 as a pitcher...Hit .406 with 39 RBI, 34 runs and eight home runs as a junior...Went 11-2 his junior season, with a 1.87 ERA and 58 Ks...Batted .440 as a senior, scoring 33 runs in 75 at bats...Dished out a remarkable 121 strikeouts en route to a 12-1 record and 2.08 ERA as a pitcher his senior season.

Born June 7, 1982 in Santa Barbara, CA...Lists Business Economics as a possible major...A's, Cardinals and Lakers fan...Favorite athletes are Ozzie Smith and Sandy Koufax....Enjoys watching Gladiator, and The Thomas Crown Affair...Favorite TV shows are MTV Cribs and PTI...Drafted in the seventh round of the 2000 draft by the Cincinnati Reds...Most memorable sports moment was getting the start at Notre Dame in the NCAA regionals...Favorite aspect of Santa Barbara are the people and the location...Has a younger brother...Son of Virgil and Linda Vasquez.