Feb. 20, 2001
This Week In Gaucho Baseball (TWIGB)
Wednesday, February 21, 2 pm - vs. Westmont
Friday, Febuary 23, 2 pm - at Loyola Marymount
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 23-24, 1 pm - at Loyola Marymount
Win Big, Lose Little
With seven games in the book, the Gauchos can say that when they win, they win big. UCSB's three wins have come by an average margin of eight runs. However, three of its four losses have come by the narrowest of margins, or just one run. San Jose State, UCLA and Santa Clara have all edged UCSB by one run apiece.
Despite what may have been printed to the contrary, the power supply to the UCSB offense is working just fine. In fact, Gaucho wattage has been way up from last season. After just seven games, UCSB hitters have already racked up 19 doubles, three triples and 11 homers. That's 2.7 doubles-per-game and 1.6 homers-per-game, up from last year's 1.9 and 0.9 averages, respectively. Leading power men have been Tyler Von Schell, with four doubles and three homers, Jeff Bannon, with five doubles, and Jed Stringham, with one double and five long balls in 20 at-bats.
The Ultimate Recovery Machine
Junior left fielder Andy Campanella has been getting it done since recovering from a pre-season shoulder injury. In two starts vs. Santa Clara, the Toluca Lake native went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and 2-for-3 with four ribbies. He is hitting .714 (5-for-7) on the year and slugging .857. Campanella's father is an actor and can be heard doing BMW radio commercials.
You Know How To Spell It
UCSB relievers showed baseball fans everywhere what relief really was last weekend vs. Santa Clara. In three games, Jeremy Sugarman, Jamie Gonzales and Matt Moran combined to scatter seven hits over 10.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run in the process. They also fanned 11 men while walking only four. Sugarman threw five innings over two appearances, striking out three, Gonzales threw three shutout innings Saturday and Moran fanned five in 2.2 scoreless innings Sunday.
Brontsema In Charge
Bob Brontsema returns for his eighth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 179-195 (.479). UCSB's best record under Brontsema came in 1996, when it went 32-20 overall and 14-7 in Big West games, good for an NCAA Regionals appearance. With his 28-25 finish in 2000, Brontsema has posted two straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.
Gaucho Baseball: Who's Next?
It's not the California Lottery, but it's still pretty darn exciting. UCSB will host cross-town rival Westmont Wednesday before traveling to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount in a three-game weekend series. Westmont is 5-5 after being swept in a doubleheader at Point Loma Saturday. Kevin McFadden leads the team hitting .464. Jamie Gonzales (0-0, 4.15) will get the start for UCSB Wednesday. LMU is 8-5 after taking one of three games from visiting Cal last weekend. Tommy Perez leads the Lions with a .462 average and four homers, he also has ten RBI. LMU boasts a team ERA of 5.14. Chris Gray (1-1, 0.59) and Joshua Whitesell (2-0, 3.75) have been its most effective pitchers.
The Bottom Line: Gaucho Hitting and Pitching Leaders
Campanella .714, Molidor .455, Von Schell .448, Bannon .444, Schumaker .429, Stringham .350, Ogle 3.18, Sugarman 3.38, Gonzales 4.15, Garcia 5.50.