UCSB Hosts No. 12 Cal Poly in 3-Game Weekend Series

UCSB Hosts No. 12 Cal Poly in 3-Game Weekend Series

April 23, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (22-12, 5-4) vs. No. 12 Cal Poly (27-9, 8-4) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Mustangs - (84-46)
2008 season record vs. the Mustangs - (3-2)
Saturday's game broadcast live on KCSB 91.9 FM
Sunday's game broadcast live online at kcsb.org
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB hosts No. 12 Cal Poly for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday at 2 p.m. The Mustangs come in having won eight of their nine weekend series, including four sweeps, and at 27-9 they have already won more games than they did last year. Cal Poly has won 17 straight games at home, but is just 10-8 on the road. Ryan Lee carries a 26-game hitting streak into this weekend while Matt Jensen has a 23-game hitting streak.

• All Gaucho Reunion
The UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department is gearing up for the 2009 All Gaucho Reunion, scheduled on campus for Friday-Sunday, April 24-26. Among other events, athletics will hold an evening reception on Friday night and a breakfast on Saturday morning. The Gaucho baseball team will host No. 12 Cal Poly all three days. For more information on the All Gaucho Reunion, please click here.

• Faculty Free Fridays
Friday's face-off - like all Friday's at UCSB - is a Faculty Free Friday. All UCSB faculty and staff will be admitted free when they show their UCSB Employee ID Card. Faculty and staff are encouraged to frequently take advantage of Faculty Free Fridays, which are friendly and fun!

• Group Strength Ticket Plan

UCSB Athletics is pleased to announce the Group Strength ticketing program. In an effort to provide an alternative to higher cost events, groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets to UCSB Athletic events at significantly discounted prices.

The general admission tickets - available for all ticketed UCSB Athletic events this Spring - will start at just $1 for youth and $3 dollars for adults. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance by calling the UCSB ticket office at 893-3292 or by clicking here..

• Parking on Campus is Easy
Getting to UCSB baseball games is easy! From Highway 217, veer right at Steck Circle onto Mesa Road, and take a left onto Stadium Road. Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is on your left, and you can park at Lot 30 which is right outside the stadium. There are two kiosks that accept cash and credit card to pay for parking. Click here for maps and general directions.

• How They Rank
This season UCSB is 3-2 against ranked teams. On Feb. 24 the Gauchos defeated then-No. 9 ranked UCLA, 7-6, before splitting a pair of two-game series with then-No. 25 UC Riverside and then-No. 21 San Diego State. Last season UCSB was 4-10 against ranked teams.

• Cinco Packs
In Wednesday's 17-2 victory over Cal State Bakersfield, both Shane Carlson and Ryan Cavan set career-highs with five RBI each. Carlson, a senior from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., recorded his first home run in 12 games. In that stretch, Carlson had just one RBI. As for Cavan, the junior from Belmont, Calif. raised his team-best batting average to .360 by tying a season-best with four hits. Cavan also scored five runs and his five RBI give him 23 this year.

Probable Starting Lineup

Batting No. Name Pos. Yr. 2009 Notes
1. 5 Gunnar Terhune LF Jr. Hitting .333 as team's leadoff hitter
2. 16 Brian Gump CF Sr. Currently riding a 12-game hit streak
3. 21 Eric Oliver 1B Sr. Only player to start all 34 games
4. 4 Ryan Cavan 3B Jr. Team-high .360 avg., .464 OBP
5. 8 Matt Valaika 2B Jr. Nine hits in past 18 at-bats
6. 7 John DeAlba DH Sr. 8 of his 11 RBI have come in past 7 games
7. 26 Marty Mullins C Jr. .322 average is fouth on the team
8. 22 Shane Carlson SS Sr. Career-high 5 RBI on Wed. @ Bakersfield
9. 25 Mark Haddow RF So. Batting .313 in past 4 starts with 6 RBI

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday 18 Joe Gardner RHP Jr. Gauchos are 8-1 in his starts
Saturday 11 Mario Hollands LHP So. .268 batting avg. against is 10th in league
Sunday 23 Zach Samuels RHP Sr. 2 ER in 5.1 IP in start last Saturday

• Hey Joe
Friday's starter, Joe Gardner, is off to a 5-0 start this season, tying him for second in the Big West in victories. The junior's name is scattered throughout the conference's leaderboard - his 52 strikeouts are second, his 3.28 ERA is sixth, his 57.2 innings pitched are eighth, and his .265 batting average against is eighth. The Fremont, Calif. native is halfway to cracking the UCSB top-10 list for wins in a season.

• 12 Pack
Senior Brian Gump extended his hitting streak to a team-best 12 games with a hit on Tuesday at Bakersfield and is batting .396 (21-for-53) in that stretch. Gump has scored 15 of his team-high 41 runs - which ranks in the top five in the Big West - during the streak while driving in nine RBI. The Gauchos are 17-4 in games in which Gump scores a run. The Westminster, Calif. native has 17 stolen bases, tops on the team and within the top five in the Big West. Gump has also recorded hits in 19 of his past 20 starts and is third on the team with a .328 batting average.

• Get the Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba - second on the team with a .333 average - has a hit in 11 of his past 13 games and is batting .371 (13-for-35) in that time with 11 RBI.

• V for Valaika
Matt Valaika is 9-for-18 in his past five games, recording multi-hit games in three of those five games. The junior second baseman is second on the team with 12 multi-hit games this season. Valaika is tied with DeAlba for second on the team with his .333 batting average while his 28 RBI are tied for third on the squad and his 58 total bases are also fourth.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .301 batting average is in the top five in the Big West while the Gauchos' .486 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 132 extra-base hits are tied for first in the conference with this weekend's opponent, Cal Poly. The Gauchos are first in triples (14), tied for first in home runs (37), and rank in the top five in the Big West in doubles (81).

• RPI Report
In the latest RPI report, Santa Barbara's Ratings Percentage Index - through April 19 - is 76. Cal Poly's is 34.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded 18 RBI in his past 14 games and is in the top five in the Big West with 35 RBI. Oliver, whose RBI single resulted in the Gauchos' walk-off win last Friday, has had a hit in 12 of his past 16 games and is batting .338 (22-for-65) in that stretch with 17 runs scored. Only four times this season - in 34 games - has Oliver either failed to reach base, score a run or have an RBI. The Irvine, Calif. native is also one of the toughest to strike out in the nation. His 18.9 at-bats per strikeout ranks 17th in the country.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Gunnar Terhune has recorded at least one hit in 18 of his past 22 games, raising his average 125 points in that stretch. Since taking over as the team's leadoff hitter, Terhune is batting .333 (18-for-54) with 11 runs scored and five RBI in 13 games.

• What a Relief
Junior Mike Ford pitched in relief last week for the first time this season and was stellar. In 6.1 innings, Ford allowed one hit, struck out four and walked just one batter. Ford has not pitched more than once in relief since his freshman season in 2007 when he appeared in four games out of the bullpen.

• Super Mario
Sophomore left-hander Mario Hollands (4-2, 4.28 ERA) is holding batters to a .268 average against, which is 10th in the Big West. The El Cerrito, Calif. native has pitched into the sixth inning in all but one of his starts - when he was taken out after being hit with a line drive.

• Sak It To Me
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium has provided a nice home field advantage for the Gauchos. Following up a 24-6 record at home last year UCSB has started this season 11-5 in the friendly confines.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple formula that when you score first, you win. When UCSB scores in the first inning, they are 10-3. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 14-3.

• UCSB Quick Fact
The Gauchos are undefeated when scoring nine or more runs in a game. UCSB is 9-0 when scoring 10 or more runs - and have scored 20 or more twice - and 4-0 when scoring nine runs in a game.

• The Bob Brontsema File
The 2009 season marks the 28th year of Head Coach Bob Brontsema's involvement with the UC Santa Barbara baseball program. With two years as a player, 10 as an assistant coach and now entering his 16th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 830 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in over 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Entering this year, Brontsema ranks second in career wins, 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 16 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, he currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and No. 1 in overall wins. In career conference wins, only five individuals throughout the history of the Big West surpass Brontsema.

• Gauchos Give
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.