Gauchos Take On Cal Poly And Westmont Before Beginning Big West Conference Play.

March 18, 2002

The Record

The Gauchos are now 12-14 on the season. 5-6 at home, 5-3 on the road and 2-5 in neutral-site games. They are batting .292 as a team with a 6.07 team ERA.

The Schedule

* Sunday March 24, 3:00 p.m. - vs. Cal Poly at Bagget Stadium (San Luis Obispo)
* Tuesday March 26, 2:00 p.m. - vs. Westmont at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium

Tournament Troubles

The Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, which the Gauchos participated in was one they will want to forget. The Gauchos lost their first five games in the tourney until defeating Fordham in their last game to end up 1-5. The Gaucho pitching and hitting was not up their usual standards. The starting pitching was smacked around for 40 runs in 34 innings pitched while the offense struggled, scoring four or less runs in four of the six games and hit only nine extra base hits in the whole tourney, a 1.5 average comapared to their 3.55 season average before the Classic.

Cal Poly

The Mustangs are 13-17-1 on the season. They are coming off a two-game series split against Sacramento State in a non-conference match-up. Cal Poly won the opener 12-4 and lost the following game 18-3. The Mustangs are lead offensively by Bryan Gant (.400, 27 R, 19 RBI),Tony Alcantar (.372, 3 HR, 23 RBI), and Kyle Wilson (.333, 12 2B, 6 HR), and on the mound by Kevin Correia (5-2, 5.26). The Gauchos and Mustangs met earlier in the season in a non-conference game, with UCSB coming out on top 11-4. The Sunday game is also a non-conference game. UCSB leads the all-time series 73-30.

Thank Havens For Blair Havens

Blair Havens was one of the few Gauchos to have success at the Johnny Quik Classic. Inserted into the starting lineup on the third day, the junior left fielder from Los Alamitos, Calif. went right to work, going 9-for-12 over the week, scoring six runs while driving in three. Havens now leads the Gauchos with a .462 batting average. He has also scorched lefties this season, going 7-for-9 (.778) against them.

Super Soph

Matt Vasquez has been the Gauchos most consistent pitcher. The sophomore from Santa Barbara leads the Gaucho pitching staff in wins (4), ERA (2.55), strikeouts (30) and innings pitched (42.1). The 2001 Freshman All-American did not get the win in his last start, going six innings giving up one earned run in the no-decision, but got his first save of the season on Saturday when he pitched the last 1.1 innings to seal the Gauchos 4-3 win over Fordham. Opponents are hitting a paltry .203 against him this season.

What About Bob?

Bob Brontsema returns for his ninth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 228-222(.507). Brontsema is coming off his best coaching season at UCSB guiding the Gauchos to a 40-17 record, good for the best single season winning percentage (.702) at UCSB since 1986. The 40 wins were the most by a UCSB team since 1990. For his efforts, Brontsema was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Brontsema has posted three straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.

Gaucho Probable Starters

1B * Josh McCanne * Batting .357 (10-for-28) against lefties this season.
2B * Chris Malec * Freshman sensation batting .330 with six homer runs and 33 RBI.
SS * Dave Licht  * Batting .289 with 22 runs scored, 13 RBI and 2 HR on the season.
3B * Nate Sutton*Hit his first ever home run against Liberty,his only extra base hit in 91 AB.
LF * Blair Havens  * Started last four games going 8-11 with six runs scored.
CF * Andy Campanella  * Leads team with nine hit-by-pitches.
RF * Ryan Spilborghs * Batting average dropped 62 points to .388 after week in Fresno.
C * Ziemendorf/Rodriguez/ Vogt  * Ziemendorf has looked the best defensively.
DH * Matt Wilkerson * Batting .302, tied for team lead with eight home runs.
The Bottom Line: Hitting and Pitching Leaders (2002)

Batting Average: Havens .462, Spilborghs .388, Malec .330

ERA: Vasquez 2.55, Edrosolan 3.27, Thompson 3.57