UCSB Aims to Build on Momentum, Hosts Long Beach State for Three Beginning Thursday

UCSB Aims to Build on Momentum, Hosts Long Beach State for Three Beginning Thursday

April 20, 2011

• The Schedule
Thursday April 21, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday April 22, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday April 23, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Beach State (18-16, 5-4)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Overall record vs. the 49ers - 71-80
Last series win - 2009 (5/9 - 5/10 @ Fullerton; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2010 (4/23 - 4/25 @ LBSU; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the 49ers - W, 4-1 @ LBSU; 4/25/10
Streak - Won 1
Game broadcast live on AM 1290 and online at UCSBgauchos.com
Games available on Gametracker

• Ticket Available
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

• Projected Starters

Day	Pitcher	        2011 Season	Last start	
Fri RHP Jesse Meaux 2-4, 3.91 ERA 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (L)
Sat RHP Greg Davis 3-2, 3.61 ERA 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (ND)
Sun RHP Matt Vedo 3-4, 4.56 ERA 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (ND)

• One Is No Longer The Loneliest Number
Before Tuesday, UCSB had dropped four straight games, all by a single run. The 1984 team had four losses in a seven-game span come by one run, going 2-4-1 in that time. On Tuesday against Pepperdine, a one-run game didn't look too bad. The Gauchos tied the Waves at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth and in the 15th inning they won the it on a dramatic walk-off home run by Mark Haddow, his fourth of the year. The contest, which was verging on 7:00 p.m., was also probably on the verge of being called due to darkness, but after four straight one-run disappointments, UCSB turned the tables and ended its losing streak.

• A Long Day's Journey Into Dusk
UCSB's 15-inning game against Pepperdine on Tuesday was the longest game in Caesar Uyesaka Stadium history and equaled the longest in school history. Previously, the Gauchos played a 15-inning game against USC on Feb. 20, 1990.

• We're Number One!
UCSB has played 13 one-run games in 2011. In fact, the Gauchos have played six consecutive one-run contests going 2-4 over that span. On the season, they have gone 5-8 in one run games.

• Hammerin' Haddow
Senior Mark Haddow has hits in 15 of his past 18 games and is batting .380 in that stretch (27-for-71) with 10 extra-base hits and 18 RBI. Haddow began the week 10th in the Big West in batting average and after a 4-for-6 performance against Pepperdine on Tuesday, he is now hitting .353. He is also leading the conference in slugging percentage at .586 while his .437 on-base percentage ranks in the top-10. His 25 RBI are fourth in the conference and his 12 stolen bases are tied for second. Over his last three weekends, Haddow is 15-for-35 (.428) with nine RBI.

• Haddow Looks To Triple-Up
Triples needed by Mark Haddow, to rank in the Big West's career Top-10 list in the category. Haddow is currently tied for fifth in UCSB history.

• That's Plenty Of Bull
UCSB's bullpen was stellar in its 3-2 15-inning win over Pepperdine on Tuesday. No fewer than seven Gaucho relievers combined to hurl 10.2 shutout innings against the Waves, allowing just six hits. Senior Nick Capito led the relief parade by going the last 4.1 innings and allowing just three hits and no walks. He has now allowed just two earned runs in his past 19.1 innings of work, a 0.93 ERA.

• Century Club
With one strikeout this week, Jesse Meaux will reach 100 career K's at UCSB.

• Wallace Watch
Junior Joe Wallace has begun to emerge from a season-long slump. Over his last 17 games, he has 20 hits in 67 at-bats (.299) with 10 RBI and seven doubles. That stretch has raised his average from .159 to its current .247.

• The 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 881 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 73 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only eight had been drafted before entering UCSB.