Gauchos Play at LMU on Tuesday, at Stanford This Weekend

Gauchos Play at LMU on Tuesday, at Stanford This Weekend

March 1, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount (1-6)
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)

Friday March 5, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday March 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at No. 24/27 Stanford (4-3)
at Stanford's Klein Field at Sunken Diamond (4,000)
Series record vs. the Cardinal - 19-28
Last win - 1997 (10-8, 2/22)
Last loss - 1997 (12-7, 2/23)
Last series win - 1997 (UCSB, 2-1; @ Stanford)
Last series loss - 1995 (@ Stanford, 2-1)
Last time out vs. the Cardinal - L, 12-7 (2/23/97)

• Get Your Season Seats!
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• 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.

• Super Mario
UC Santa Barbara junior Mario Hollands started his season well by allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings with four strikeouts vs. San Jose State in the first game of last Saturday's doubleheader, a 7-0 Gaucho victory. The left-handed Hollands was rewarded with a Big West Pitcher of the Week award - his second in as many seasons - and continued his success in his season debuts. Last year the El Cerrito, Calif. native opened his season by blanking Cal State Bakersfield over eight innings with six strikeouts and in 2008 the southpaw opened his collegiate career by striking out eight Marist players in six scoreless innings.

• Leading the Way
UCSB's pitching staff leads the Big West with its 2.88 ERA. The Gauchos' opponents are batting a Big West-low .246 and that has to be attributed to the starting pitching. Including Hollands' performance, junior transfers Nick Loredo (San Jose CC) and Nick Capito (Santa Ana JC) pitched well last weekend, combining to allow just 12 hits and five earned runs in 13.2 innings pitched.

• Sluggin' Shane
Senior Shane Arslan had quite the opening week of baseball, going 5-for-13 with three of those hits going for extra bases. The Burlingame, Calif. native doubled in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, then blasted two home runs in the nightcap. Arlsan leads the team with five RBI while his on-base percentage is .467 and his slugging percentage is .923, which leads the Big West. His two-homer game was the first by a Gaucho since both Brian Gump and Mark Haddow each hit a pair last May 23 vs. No. 1 UC Irvine.

• Brontsema Closing In
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema is closing in on the school's all-time wins record and needs just nine more victories to pass Al Ferrer for the most ever by a Gaucho coach. Brontsema is already the school's record-holder for the most Division I victories and he is the Big West's active wins leader.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Hitting just .143 to start season
10 Sean Williams 2B .714 slugg pct. is 5th in the Big West
8 Matt Valaika SS Leads team with six runs scored
25 Mark Haddow RF 10 total bases tied for 2nd on team
33 Ryan Tregoning LF 4 RBI are tied for 2nd on team
35 Trevor Whyte 1B 3 hits, 3 RBI vs. Westmont last Tuesday
26 Marty Mullins C Threw out 42% of baserunners in 2009
27 Shane Arslan DH Leads team with 2 HR, 5 RBI
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Hitting .444, 5th in the Big West

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Tues 28 Jesse Meaux Pitched 7 inn last Tuesday with 7 K's
Fri 11 Mario Hollands 8 scoreless IP in debut; BW P of Week
Sat 23 Nick Loredo Allowed 5 hits in 6.1 IP in UCSB debut
Sun 20 Nick Capito Allowed 1 ER in 7.1 inn on Sunday

UCSB Quick Fact
Mario Hollands has opened each of his three seasons in a UCSB uniform by pitching a shutout - in 2008 he threw 6 scoreless innings vs. Marist; last season it was 8 zeroes vs. CS Bakersfield; and this season he blanked San Jose State for 8 innings.

• Ryan Can Rake
While it's a small sample size, sophomore Ryan Palermo has shown thus far in his Gaucho career that he swings a mean stick. Last year the third baseman had six hits in 12 at-bats and through three games this year the Redwood City, Calif. native is hitting .444 (4-for-9), a mark that ranks third in the conference.Three of Palermo's four hits this season are doubles.

• Clean Up Crew
The Gauchos 2-3-4 hitters of Sean Williams, Matt Valaika and Mark Haddow have combined to hit .298 (14 of 47) with 11 runs scored, three doubles, two triples (both by Williams), two home runs and eight RBI. Valaika and Haddow have also stolen two bases apiece.

• Road Trippin'
Beginning last weekend at San Jose State, UCSB is in the midst of playing seven straight 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.

• 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.

• Viva Valaika
Matt Valaika, who was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds but returned to the Gauchos for his senior season, hit .343 with a .545 slugging percentage - both of which led UCSB last season. The Valencia, Calif. native currently leads the Gauchos with his six runs scored. Last season he 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 last year.

• Who's On First?
Between the draft and graduation, UCSB lost much of its returning starters from 2009. 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).

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

• 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.

• 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.

•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.