Gauchos Open 7-Game Road Trip at San Jose on Saturday

Feb. 25, 2010

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• The Schedule
Doubleheader
Saturday, February 27, 2010; Game 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Game 2 will follow approx. 30 minutes after
Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at San Jose State (1-1)
at SJSU's Blethen Field
Series record vs. the Spartans - 36-46
Last win - 2009 (7-6; 4/17)
Last loss - 2009 (4-2; 4/19)
Last series win - 2005 (UCSB 2-1)
Last series loss - 2009 (SJ, 2-1)
Last time out vs. the Spartans - L, 4-2 (4/19/09)
Saturday's game broadcast online at sjsuspartans.com
Sunday's game broadcast online at ksjs.org

Tuesday, February 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount (0-5)
at LMU's George C. Page Stadium (1,200)
Series record vs. the Lions - 66-61-1
Last win - 2009 (10-3; 3/8)
Last loss - 2008 (6-3; 3/1)
Last series win - 2009 (UCSB, 4-0)
Last series loss - 2006 (LMU, 2-1)
Last time out vs. the Lions - W, 10-3 (3/8/09)

• Get Your Season Seats!
Baseball season tickets are now on sale with prices starting at just $50! And with every purchase, fans will get a UCSB hat, just like the new ones the team is wearing this season. Purchase your tickets today by clicking here.

• Look Like the Gauchos!
Earlier this year UCSB revealed a new look and the baseball team is sporting some new logos and uniforms on the field. Be sure to come to the baseball team's home games to outfit yourself in the new gear! Click here to take a look at the new logos and uniforms the Gauchos are wearing. All new gear is available for purchase at UCSB home baseball games.

• Let's Talk Some Gauchos
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.

• Start Me Up
UC Santa Barbara opened its season with a jolt, defeating Westmont, 18-4 on Tuesday. Junior first baseman Trevor Whyte led the charge with three hits and three RBI in his Gaucho debut while six UCSB players enjoyed multi-hit games. Jesse Meaux pitched seven solid innings, striking out a career-high seven. Lance Roenicke and Marty Mullins both homered for the Gauchos.

• Tons of Runs
By racking up 18 runs on 20 hits, it marked the most hits and runs by UCSB since March 27 of last season when the Gauchos defeated Cal State Northridge, 21-12, on 21 hits. The 18 runs were the most scored by UCSB at home since May 21, 2006 in a 20-5 win over UC Davis.

• Career Day
While Meaux set a new career-high with his seven strikeouts, several other Gauchos achieved new personal bests on Tuesday. Matt Valaika scored five runs - one shy of the school record set by Bryan LaCour vs. New Mexico State in 1997 - while Shane Arslan's two hits were more than he had in all of 2009. Meanwhile, Roenicke's home run and two RBI counted as firsts for the outfielder in both categories.

• Brontsema Closing In
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema is closing in on the school's all-time wins record and needs just 10 more victories to pass Al Ferrer for the most ever by a Gaucho coach. Already the school's record-holder for most Division I victories, Brontsema, who is the Big West's active wins leader, could obtain the record in the second game of the March 13 doubleheader vs. Northern Illinois, which is the Gauchos' 11th scheduled game in 2010.

• Road Trippin'
Beginning this weekend at San Jose State, UCSB will play its next seven games away from Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. This marks UCSB's longest road trip since playing seven straight road contests on two different occasions in the 2006 season. Last year the Gauchos played seven straight games away from home, but a weekend series vs. Long Beach State counted as a "home" series despite being played at Cal State Fullerton. The series was moved due to the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.

• Who's On First?
Between the draft and graduation, UCSB lost much of its returning starters from 2009. Of the projected starters on Tuesday, just Valaika, Mullins, Gunnar Terhune and Mark Haddow were regulars last season. Santa Barbara lost 36 home runs (53 percent of its 2009 total), 224 RBI (or nearly 61 percent) and 245 runs scored (or 56 percent).

• Viva Valaika
Senior Matt Valaika, who was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds but returned to the Gauchos, hit .343 with a .545 slugging percentage - both of which led UCSB last season. The Valencia, Calif. native led UCSB with 13 multi-RBI games and is Santa Barbara's leading returner in at-bats, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI and total bases. Valaika was named an All-Big West honorable mention for his performance.

• Super Mario
Friday's projected starter Mario Hollands was a freshman All-American selection and the Big West's Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2008, but don't let his 6-6 mark and 4.74 ERA in 2009 fool you. The 6-foot-5 southpaw was putting together another superb year before taking a line drive during an April 10 game at UC Davis. After being removed from that contest, Hollands was 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA through seven starts. After returning, the El Cerrito native went 2-4 with a 5.80 ERA. In the six games following his injury, Hollands allowed more hits (46 to 44), more earned runs (26 to 21) and struck out fewer batters (32 to 17).

• Built Ford Tough
Right-hander Mike Ford returns for his senior season, already in some UCSB top-10 career marks and with others in his sights. Ford, a 2007 All-American, is 10th in school history in strikeouts with 175 (trailing Michael Martin, 2003-08, by seven). The Scottsdale, Ariz. native needs six wins for 10th all-time in career victories, three more starts to crack the top-10 list and needs to throw just 25 innings to break into the top-10 in that category.

• Handing Out Some Hardware
Following successful summer league campaigns, some Gauchos were given high marks. Hollands was named the 55th best prospect in the elite Cape Cod League by Perfect Game Crosschecker after going 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Outfielder Mark Haddow hit .309 with five home runs, six doubles, 20 runs, and seven stolen bases in the Jayhawk League and was ranked the No. 2 prospect to come out of the league by PG Crosschecker. Meanwhile, Gelinas went 2-2 with a 1.96 ERA in 16 games in the California Collegiate League and was labeled the No. 1 prospect in the CCL by Baseball America.

• Worth Noting
In 16 seasons under Brontsema, the Gauchos have reached 25 wins 11 times.

• More Honors
Recently Perfect Game Crosschecker named several Gauchos as ones to watch this upcoming season. Gelinas was listed as the 19th top prospect in California and Hollands was named the No. 27 top prospect in the state. Right-hander Jesse Meaux came in at 71 while Haddow was 75th. Valaika was touted as No. 102 and Ford was listed at No. 116. Outfielder Lance Roenicke was also listed at No. 137. Others noted by the website were right-handed pitcher Greg Davis, outfielder Derek Eligio, pitcher Nick Loredo and catcher Bryce Tafelski.

• UCSB Tabbed for Sixth
In a recent poll amongst Big West coaches, the Gauchos were tabbed for sixth place in the ultra-competitive league this season. UCSB received 36 votes, just 12 behind fifth-place UC Riverside. Santa Barbara opens conference play on April 9 with a three-game series at Cal Poly.

•The Bob Brontsema File

The 2010 season marks the 29th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement in the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 17th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 856 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Entering this year, Brontsema ranks second in career wins (just 10 wins shy of equaling the record), third in overall career winning percentage and third in career conference winning percentage. He also holds the record for most Division I wins in school history. His 17 years as Gaucho head coach give him the second longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, behind Dave Gorrie with 18 years.

The dean of Big West coaches, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and number one in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema. The Big West Conference is consistently ranked as one of the toughest baseball conferences in the country.

Brontsema has managed six former Gauchos who are currently playing in the Major Leagues (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Pittsburgh's Virgil Vasquez, Texas' Michael Young and San Francisco's Barry Zito) and his 2009 squad tied a school record by having nine players drafted. Fifty-three of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 69 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Led team with 4 triples last season
10 Sean Williams 2B Scored two runs in UCSB debut on Tues.
8 Matt Valaika SS Led Gauchos in batting and slug pct. in 09
25 Mark Haddow RF Finished second on 09 team with 10 SB
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Had 3 RBI on Tuesday vs. Westmont
35 Trevor Whyte 1B 3 hits, 3 RBI vs. Westmont on Tuesday
26 Marty Mullins C Threw out 42% of baserunners in 2009
27 Shane Arslan DH Career-high 2 hits on Tuesday
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Went 2-for-3 with run & RBI on Tuesday

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Fri 11 Mario Hollands Lefty went 6-6 with 4.74 ERA last yr
Sat 23 Nick Loredo JC transfer will make UCSB debut
Sun 20 Nick Capito 12-2, 2.70 ERA in 2009 @ Santa Ana JC
Tues 28 Jesse Meaux Pitched 7 inn on Tuesday with 7 K's