April 27, 2009

Gauchos Host Bakersfield Before Facing No. 5 Fullerton

April 27, 2009

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (23-14) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (8-29) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - (3-0)
2008 season record vs. the Roadrunners - (N/A)
Game broadcast live online at kcsb.org
Game available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (23-14, 6-6) at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (29-11, 9-6) at CSUF's Goodwin Field
Series record vs. the Titans - (34-86)
2008 season record vs. the Titans - (1-2)
Saturday's game broadcast live on KCSB 91.9 FM
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, a team the Gauchos are 3-0 against this season, outscoring the Roadrunners 35-9 in those contests. UCSB will then face No. 5 Cal State Fullerton this weekend at Goodwin Field. The last time the Gauchos played at Fullerton in 2007, they won the series, two games to one.

• 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.

• Hey Joe
It has been five years since the Gauchos have had a pitcher open a season 6-0 as Joe Gardner has done this year. The junior is tied for fourth in the Big West in victories while his 3.51 ERA is seventh in the conference. Gardner's 60 strikeouts are second in the Big West after the Fremont, Calif. native tossed his first career complete game last Friday vs. Cal Poly while striking out eight. Opponents are hitting just .260 off Gardner, which is ninth in the Big West, while his 66.2 innings pitched are tied for seventh in the conference. UCSB is also 9-1 in games in which Gardner starts. The last UCSB pitcher to start a season 6-0 was Michael Martin, who did it in 2004. Martin is second all-time in victories at UCSB.

• Run, Gump, Run
Although senior Brian Gump had his 14-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, he has still recorded at least one hit in 21 of his past 23 starts and is second on the team with his .331 batting average. During his 14-game streak, Gump hit .400 (24-for-60) with 18 runs scored. Currently the Westminster, Calif. native is third in the Big West with 45 runs scored and the Gauchos are 18-6 in games in which he scores a run. Gump's 19 stolen bases are third in the Big West. In his 35 starts this season, Gump has failed to reach base just once, although he tallied an RBI with a sac fly in that contest.

• How They Rank
This season UCSB is 4-4 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 weekend, UCSB won one game of a three-game series vs. No. 12 Cal Poly. Last season UCSB was 4-10 against ranked teams.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver has recorded an RBI in five straight games and has tallied 21 RBI in his past 17 games. His team-leading 38 RBI are tied for third in the Big West and the senior has recorded at least one hit in 15 of his past 19 games, including five straight. In those 19 games, Oliver is hitting .364 (28-for-77) with 18 runs scored. Only four times this season - in 37 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.

• Sunday, Bloody Sunday
After opening the season 5-1 on Sundays, the Gauchos have not won on the Holy Day in their past five Sunday games, getting outscored 45-24. UCSB's most successful day of the week is Friday where they are 6-2. A rundown of the other days: 1-1 on Monday; 2-2 on Tuesday; 2-0 on Wednesday; 1-0 on Thursday; and 6-4 on Saturday.

• V for Valaika
Over his past eight games, in which he has hits in all of them, Matt Valaika is 12-for-30 (.400) with six RBI, two doubles, a home run and a game-winning, walk-off single. The junior is third on the team with his .326 batting average while his 31 RBI are also third.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Gunnar Terhune has recorded at least one hit in 21 of his past 25 games - including seven straight. Since taking over as the team's leadoff hitter, Terhune is batting .318 (21-for-66) with 12 runs scored, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 16 games.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .301 batting average is fifth in the Big West while the Gauchos' .480 slugging percentage is second. UCSB's 140 extra-base hits are first in the conference with the Gauchos leading in triples (14) and second in home runs (39) and doubles (87).

• What a Relief
Since moving to the bullpen, junior Mike Ford has been stellar. In 8.1 relief innings spanning four appearances, the Scottsdale, Ariz. native has allowed just three hits while striking out four. The four relief appearances ties his career-high, also done during his freshman season in 2007.

• Sugar Shane
Despite being the Gauchos' returning RBI leader from the 2008 team, senior Shane Carlson recorded a career-high five RBI last Wednesday vs. Bakersfield (as did teammate Ryan Cavan). Last week Carlson raised his average 29 points by going 7-for-15 with six runs and seven RBI.

• Get The Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba has hits in 12 of his past 14 games, hitting .333 (13-for-39) with 10 RBI in that span. DeAlba is hitting .323 this season, fourth on the team.

• 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.

• BE Great
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.