Gauchos Welcome Back Top Players for Alumni Weekend

Jan. 25, 2011

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team will welcome back a large contingent of its famous former players this coming weekend in the Gauchos' annual alumni weekend.

Scheduled to return to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 29 will be Major League Baseball stars Skip Schumaker (St. Louis Cardinals), Ryan Spilborghs (Colorado Rockies) and Chris Valaika (Cincinnati Reds) along with top minor leaguers Virgil Vasquez (Los Angeles Angels), Justin Lehr (Cincinnati Reds), Joe Gardner (Cleveland Indians) Andy Graham (Colorado Rockies), Chuck Huggins (Toronto Blue Jays) and many more.

To celebrate the Gauchos' alums, fans are invited to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium starting at 10 a.m. for Fan Fest. For just $5, fans can get autographs from their famous former UCSB players, see the pros take part in a home run derby and then watch as the 2011 Gaucho squad plays a scrimmage in preparation for the upcoming season.

The Fan Fest will also feature the 1986, 1996 and 2001 UCSB baseball teams that were some of the most successful in school history. Numerous players from those squads will be on hand for a ceremony highlighting their accomplishments.

Gerry Fall, the voice of the Gauchos this season, will emcee the event with exclusive on-field interviews for the fans and broadcasting all the action from the home run derby. UCSB will have 25 games broadcast on AM 1290 this season.

Also expected to be at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium will be professional players Brian Gump (Philadelphia Phillies), Mario Hollands (Philadelphia Phillies), Mike Zuanich (Colorado Rockies) and Patrick Rose (Independent League). Joining them will be Michael Martin, who is second all-time in UCSB history in wins, and Justin Segal, the Gauchos' all-time leader in appearances and second in saves.

Season tickets are now on sale for one low price!

The best seats at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium will again be reserved for season-ticket holders and any fan purchasing tickets now will receive the new UCSB Sunday hats with each season ticket purchased. The Gaucho Sunday hats, brand new this season, are white with a blue brim and have the UCSB logo in blue with gold outline. Adult prices are just $75 and youth prices are $50 - that's a 75 percent savings over the single-game ticket price!

Also, for the fan who cannot make it to every Friday game or weekday affair, UCSB Athletics is offering a weekend only plan for just $50, which is a 60 percent savings over the single-game price! UCSB staff and faculty can purchase a season seat for $37.50.

Call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to purchase today.

To see the entire 2011 baseball schedule, please click here.

The weekend festivities begin on Friday night with UCSB's dinner, "A Night With an Angel" featuring Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Only a small amount of seats remain for the exclusive event, so please contact Christina Baglas at (805) 893-5372 or by email at christina.baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu.