Baseball Team Hosts No. 3 UCLA on Tuesday, USF This Weekend

Baseball Team Hosts No. 3 UCLA on Tuesday, USF This Weekend

March 22, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday March 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 3 UCLA (16-0)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Bruins - 34-52
Last win - 2009 (7-6; 2/24)
Last loss - 2009 (5-3; 3/10)
Last series win - 2005 (4/15 - 4/17; vs. UCLA, 2-1)
Last series loss - 1980 (2/16; vs. UCLA, 0-2)
Last time out vs. the Bruins - L, 5-3 (@ UCLA, 3/10/09)
All games available on Gametracker
Game streaming online at BigWest.TV

Friday March 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 27, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday March 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. University of San Francisco (11-10)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Dons - 10-4
Last win - 1989 (3-1; 3/5)
Last loss - 1968 (10-7 vs. USF)
Last series win - 1989 (3/3 - 3/5, vs. USF; 3-0)
Last series loss - 1967 (vs. USF; 0-2)
Last time out vs. the Dons - W, 3-1 (3/5/1989)
Saturday & Sunday's games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming online at
All games available on Gametracker
Game streaming online at BigWest.TV

• Gaucho Baseball On The Radio
New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at beginning with the Saturday, Mar. 27 game vs. USF. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play duties with every Big West weekend series scheduled to air live on the radio and streaming live online. Click here for more information and a schedule of baseball games on the air!

• 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.

• King of K's
Over his past two games, junior Mario Hollands has struck out 29 batters in 15 innings, after punching out 13 New Mexico State hitters in six frames last week. Hollands' strikeout totals the past two weeks is the most by a UCSB pitcher since Barry Zito struck out 30 batters in consecutive starts in April, 1997. Hollands tied the school record with 16 strikeouts vs. Northern Illinois last week - a mark Zito also holds along with Walt Rehm, who established the mark in 1970 - and was honored with five weekly awards. Hollands ranks third in the Big West with his 1.93 ERA, his 36 strikeouts and his .186 batting average against. The El Cerrito, Calif. native is averaging 1.3 K's per inning.

• Whyte Out
First baseman Trevor Whyte, who transferred to UCSB from Saddleback JC, drove in seven runs last weekend while going 6-for-13. Whyte is batting .356 - second only to Beck Wheeler's .410 - and leads the team with four multi-RBI games. He is second on the Gauchos with six multi-hit games. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native paces the team with his 16 RBI and his .441 on-base percentage is second.

• Gimme Some Meaux
Tuesday's probable starter, Jesse Meaux, has been nearly as good this year as Hollands. He is second on the team with his 2.35 ERA - which is sixth in the Big West - and the Glendale, Calif. native's ERA in games started is 1.71. Meaux leads the team with his 3-0 record. The three victories equals his total from last season and is one away from his previous career total entering 2010. In seven career decisions, Meaux is unbeaten.

• Turn Two for Brontsema
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema might be able to celebrate this weekend vs. San Francisco. Brontsema is closing in on the school's all-time wins record and needs just two more victories to pass Al Ferrer (1981-93) 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 with 176 career conference victories.

• Making His Mark
Junior rightfielder Mark Haddow leads the team with 34 total bases and is second on the team with 19 hits. Of those, Haddow is the only player with at least one double, one triple and one home run (in fact he has two doubles, two triples and three homers). The native of San Diego has hits in 13 of 15 games this season - including six straight - and is second on the team with 13 RBI. Haddow, who had four runs and four RBI last weekend, is slugging .576 this season, second on the team.

• Great Scott, Marty!
Senior catcher Marty Mullins leads UCSB with his 1.062 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and is batting .350 while tied for the team lead with three home runs. Mullins, a Big West Honorable Mention pick last season, is hitting .433 since opening the season just 1-for-10.

• Wheeling and Dealing
Beck Wheeler leads the team with seven multi-hit games and is hitting a team-best .410. Wheeler, who transferred from Orange Coast College, has a .970 OPS, which is tied for third on the Gauchos.

• Mashin' Matt
Matt Valaika has been perhaps the most productive member of the Gauchos this season. He has at least one RBI in eight of his 13 games played and is third on the squad with 12 RBI. His 15 runs scored also pace the team and he is batting an even .300. Valaika, who returned for his senior season after being chosen by the Cincinnati Reds last year, has a .435 on-base percentage, third on the team.

• Rolling 300's
As a team UCSB is batting .307 and is averaging 7.5 runs per game. The Gauchos have five regulars - Haddow, Mullins, Valaika, Wheeler and Whyte - all hitting over .300.

• Built Ford Tough
Senior right-hander Mike Ford is 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 179 (trailing Michael Martin, 2003-08, by three). 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 19.1 innings to break into the top-10 in that category.

• See You at CU
With six wins in eight home games this year, don't think that UCSB doesn't love playing in the friendly confines of Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Over the past two seasons, and including the eight home dates this year, the Gauchos are 42-19 at home for a .689 winning percentage.

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

• UCSB Quick Fact
UCSB has recorded double-digit hits in 10 of its 15 games this season, including four straight and in seven of its past eight contests.

• By the Numbers
+ 2.0 - Differential in average runs per game by the Gauchos. UCSB averages 7.5 runs per game while opponents average just 5.5.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Has gone 12-29 (.414) in past 8 games
10 Sean Williams 2B Leads team with 8 extra base hits
8 Matt Valaika SS 15 runs scored leads team, 12 RBI is third
25 Mark Haddow RF Slugging pct. of .576 is second on team
35 Trevor Whyte 1B 12 hits in 28 AB's over past 2 weekends
22 Beck Wheeler DH Leads team with .410 batting average
26 Marty Mullins C Leads team in slugging pct. and OBP
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Has scored 7 runs in 10 games played
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Tied for team lead with 5 doubles

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Tues 28 Jesse Meaux In 3 starts is 3-0 with 1.71 ERA
Sat 11 Mario Hollands Has 29 K's in past 2 starts totaling 15 IP
Sat 23 Nick Loredo Allowed 10 ER in 6 IP in last start
Sun 20 Nick Capito 2-2 with 4.21 ERA in 4 starts

•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.