April 8, 2010

UCSB Opens Big West Play at Cal Poly

April 8, 2010

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• The Schedule

Friday April 9, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday April 10, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday April 11, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (8-19, 1-2)
at Cal Poly's Baggett Stadium (1,734)
Series record vs. the Mustangs - 81-60-1
Last win - 2009 (6-5 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 4/24)
Last loss - 2009 (15-7 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 4/26)
Last series win - 2008 (4/25 - 4/27 @ Cal Poly; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2009 (4/24 - 4/26 vs. #12 Cal Poly; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Mustangs - L, 15-7 (4/26/09)
Streak - Lost 2
All three games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com - Click here to listen live.
Games available on Gametracker
Games streaming live online at BigWest.TV

Tuesday April 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine (14-12)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Waves - 55-60-3
Last win - 2009 (10-6 @ Pepperdine; 5/6)
Last loss - 2009 (8-6 vs. Pepperdine; 5/4)
Last series win - 2005 (2/4 - 2/6 vs. LMU; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2007 (3/24 - 3/26 @ Pepperdine; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Waves - W, 10-6 (5/6/09)
Streak - Won 1 Games available on Gametracker
Games streaming live online at BigWest.TV

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Series for Sustainability
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West Conference rivals jointly seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry goes hand-in-hand both the colors of sustainability (blue and green) and each schools colors (blue for UCSB and green for Cal Poly). Currently the Gauchos hold a 7-5 advantage through the 2009-10 season. Click here for more info.

• Some Facts About Sustainability
√ LED bulbs use 90% less electricity than traditional holiday bulbs. With their 20-year lifetimes, you don't have to replace LED light-strings as often as conventional ones. Burning 10 strands of lights with 100 lights per strand, eight hours per day for a month costs $175 for incandescent bulbs vs. about $1 for LED mini-bulbs. Incandescent lights give off as much as 90% of their energy as heat, leading to fire concerns. LEDs barely warm up.

√ Use cold water for hand washing. Every 10-degree drop in H2O temperature saves you 3%-5% on water heating costs. Most faucets spit out 2 gal per min while you're waiting for the water to warm up. With hand washing, the friction and the soap are what really get your hands clean. As far as water temp goes, you'd have to rinse your paws in boiling water to actually kill germs.

√ Every minute of every day, the U.S. loses two acres of agricultural land to development, up to 1.2 million acres per year.

√ Every year, the average American household will spend $17,000.00 on basics including food, clothing, body care, and other household items. And over the past 30 years, the waste produced in this country has almost tripled, from 88 million tons in 1960 to about 236 million tons in 2003.

√ More than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail arrives in American mailboxes each year that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.

• Gaucho Baseball On The Radio
New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. 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!

• 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.

• Kaput From Capito
Nick Capito's best performance as a Gaucho made him stand out in several areas. The junior left-hander tossed a complete game shutout last week at Sacramento State, allowing seven hits while striking out a career-high six batters. The Whittier native was awarded as a Big West Pitcher of the Week and became the first Gaucho with consecutive complete game victories since James Garcia did so in his All-American season in 2001. Capito, 4-2, has a 2.89 ERA which is fifth in the conference. His seven walks are second-fewest in the conference while his 14 earned runs allowed are tied for fourth-fewest in the Big West.

• Start Me Up
UCSB's strength this season has rested on the shoulders of its starting pitchers - Capito, Mario Hollands, Jesse Meaux and Nick Loredo. The foursome have combined to post a 4.00 ERA and as a staff, the Gauchos' starting pitchers are averaging just over 6.2 innings per start. In the team's 23 games, including Tuesday, a Gaucho starting pitcher has completed six innings in all but six games and only three times this season has a starter failed to reach the sixth inning, although Tuesday's game was a planned "staff day."

• Super Mario
Though he's lost his past two decisions, left-hander Mario Hollands remains one of the conference's elite pitchers. Hollands sports a 3.00 ERA, which is seventh in the conference and his 46 strikeouts rank third in the Big West. The El Cerrito, Calif. native is tied with Capito for fourth-fewest earned runs allowed in the Big West. Hollands' .245 batting average against ranks sixth in the conference.

• Hollands, Valaika Among Top in Nation
Senior shortstop Matt Valaika and junior pitcher Mario Hollands solidified their standing among the nation's elite when each were named to Player of the Year watch lists, courtesy of The College Baseball Foundation. Valaika, who led the Gauchos in batting average and slugging percentage last season, was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, an award that is given annually to the nation's best shortstop. Hollands, who has twice been named a Big West Pitcher of the Week, was named to The College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Click here to read more.

• Like the Musician, Our Beck Has Nothing But Hits
Beck Wheeler's .362 batting average leads the team as do his nine multi-hit games while his .536 slugging percentage is second on the team. Wheeler, who transferred from Orange Coast College, hit his first two Division 1 home runs last week at Sacramento State. The San Diego native has a seven-game hitting streak after already posting one of the same length earlier this year and has hit in nine of his past 10 games.

• Gunnar Shades
Senior centerfielder Gunnar Terhune isn't the prototypical leadoff hitter as he is tied for third on the team with 15 RBI and is tied for second in multi-RBI games with four. Terhune has the most three-hit games on the Gauchos (four) while his 17 runs scored are tied for second on the team. The San Diego native, who had three hits vs. LMU on Tuesday, sports a solid .381 on-base percentage.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Junior rightfielder Mark Haddow leads the team with 44 total bases and it's easy to see why - his name is scattered throughout UCSB's leaderboard. The San Diego native has the team's highest OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) at .951, leading the team in both on-base and slugging, individually. Haddow's 15 RBI is third on the team and his 17 runs scored are second while his six stolen bases are a team high.

• Viva Valaika
Matt Valaika enjoyed his first career two-homer game when he belted a pair against USF on Mar. 28 and has recorded consecutive three-hit games heading into the Cal Poly series. The senior is tied for the team lead - with Mark Haddow - with four homers and his five multi-RBI games are tied for the team lead. Valaika has driven in 19 runs and scored 20 runs, each of which is tops on the team. His .413 on-base percentage is second on the Gauchos to Haddow.

• Greg is Great
Junior right-hander Greg Davis pitched brilliantly in a spot start on Tuesday, tossing three perfect innings vs. LMU as part of a planned "staff day." The Huntington Beach native hasn't allowed a run in his past four outings (totaling six innings) while striking out seven batters and allowing just three hits without walking a batter.

• Brontsema Sets Wins Mark
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema passed Al Ferrer (1981-93) for the most victories ever by a Gaucho coach as he secured No. 446 following last Sunday's 11-6 win over USF. 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. In his career Brontsema is 447-440-2 and has led the Gauchos to at least 25 victories in 11 of his 16 previous seasons.

• 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. Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Sunday, Mar. 28 this season - is 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.

• UCSB Quick Fact
Although the Gauchos hold an 81-60-1 overall record (.574 winning percentage) against Cal Poly, from 2000-09, the Gauchos had just a 16-24 (.400) record against their Central Coast rivals.

• By the Numbers
128 - Number of games between times in which the Gauchos were shutout. Before losing 3-0 at Sacramento State on Saturday, the last shutout was May 25, 2008 at #9 UC Irvine.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Had 3 hits, run scored on Tues. vs LMU
10 Sean Williams 2B Has started all 23 games at 2B
22 Beck Wheeler DH Paces team with .362 batting average
25 Mark Haddow RF His .951 OPS is best on team
8 Matt Valaika SS Has posted consecutive 3-hit games
35 Trevor Whyte 1B Just 3 for last 19 (.158) over 6 games
26 Marty Mullins C Has 2 hits in last 18 AB's (.111)
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Hitting .360 since Mar. 20 (9 for 25)
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Tallied 5 RBI last weekend @ Sac State

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Fri 11 Mario Hollands 3rd in Big West in strikeouts, 7th in ERA
Sat 20 Nick Capito Reigning BW Pitcher of the Week
Sun 28 Jesse Meaux 8 ER last Sat. was most ever in start
Tues TBA TBA