Gauchos Travel to No. 7 Fullerton for Weekend Series

April 13, 2011

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• The Schedule

Friday April 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m
Saturday April 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday April 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at #7 Cal State Fullerton (23-9, 5-1)
at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field (3,500)
Overall record vs. the Titans: 35-94
Last series win: 2007 (5/4 - 5/6 @ CSUF; 2-1)
Last series loss: 2010 (4/16 - 4/18 @ UCSB; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Titans: L, 6-1 @ UCSB; 4/18/10
Streak: Lost 2
All three games broadcast live on AM 1290 and online by clicking here
Live stats available via Gametracker

• Listen Up!
All UCSB baseball games will be broadcast live online - click here for the schedule! Beginning on Friday, all Big West games will be broadcast live on AM 1290 in Santa Barbara. The remainder of UCSB baseball games - including midweek contests - will continue to stream live online. Our broadcast page will have all gameday information.

Projected Starters

Day Pitcher 2011 Season Last start
Fri RHP Jesse Meaux 2-3, 4.36 ERA 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (L)
Sat RHP Greg Davis 3-1, 3.38 ERA 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (ND)
Sun RHP Matt Vedo 3-4, 4.84 ERA 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (ND)

• Tuesday Recap
In his first career start, LHP Zak Edgington was brilliant, allowing just five baserunners in eight-plus innings on Tuesday, however a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning sunk the Gauchos as Cal State Northridge won a non-conference game, 3-2. Edgington was pitching in place of senior RHP Nick Loredo who missed the game with a broken jaw. However, Loredo is expected back for this weekend's series at Fullerton.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Senior Mark Haddow has hits in 12 of his past 14 games and is batting .377 in that stretch (20-for-53) with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Haddow entered the week fourth in the Big West in batting average and was pacing the conference with his .600 slugging percentage while his .446 on-base percentage was fourth among conference players. His 23 RBI are second in the conference and his 10 stolen bases are third-most. Over his last two weekends, Haddow is 12-for-23 with eight RBI.

• Wallace Watch
Junior Joe Wallace has begun to emerge from a season-long slump. Over his last 13 games, he has 16 hits in 49 at-bats (.327) with eight RBI and seven doubles. That stretch has raised his average from .159 to its current .247.

• Slick Nicks
Seniors Nick Capito and Nick Loredo have meant a ton to the Gauchos. Capito has allowed just two earned runs in his past 15.0 innings pitched while Loredo has recorded two saves in his last three outings and has struck out a career-high 26 batters. In his five starts, Loredo is 3-1 with a 4.62 ERA.

• Gimme Some Meaux
Senior RHP Jesse Meaux, Friday night's starter, has had difficulty lately pitching deep into games. In just three of his seven starts has he pitched at least 7.0 innings whereas in 2010 Meaux pitched into the seventh inning in 10 of his 14 starts. In Meaux's last three starts he has averaged just under 5.1 innings per outing.

By the Numbers
13, 10
Multi-hit games by the Gauchos' top two hitters, Sean Williams and Mark Haddow, respectively.

UCSB Quick Fact
Both Sean Williams and Mark Haddow are ranked in the top-10 in the Big West in batting average (.352 and .347). Should either of them win the conference's batting title, it would be the first by a Gaucho since Bill Geivett in 1985 with a .412 average.

The Bob Brontsema File
The 2011 season is the 30th 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 18th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 880 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Mar. 28, 2010 - 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 18 years as Gaucho head coach tie him for the longest tenure in UCSB baseball history, with Dave Gorrie (1960-77). The dean of Big West coaches, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and first 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 seven former Gauchos who are currently in the Major Leagues or have major league experience (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr & Chris Valaika, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Los Angeles Angels' 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-five of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 72 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.

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