April 28, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With Sunday's thrilling come-from-behind win at Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara head baseball coach Bob Brontsema earned his 400th career victory at the school. Now in his 15th season at the helm of the program, Brontsema's Gauchos have thus far posted a solid 29-13 record and sit in a tie for second place in the ultra-competitive Big West Conference.
UCSB topped Big West opponent Cal Poly 5-3 Sunday with the help of a ninth-inning grand slam by outfielder Brian Gump. The Gauchos took two of three games from the Mustangs over the weekend.
"I would equate the win with what Brian Gump said about his game-winning grand slam; I couldn't have done it without everyone else," Brontsema said.
Brontsema currently owns a lifetime 400-392 (.505) record at UCSB.
"Just like you need runners on base to score runs, you need a quality team around you to get wins," Brontsema stated.
Quick to defer his milestone victory, Brontsema praised the network around him during his 15-years with the program.
"You really need three things to accomplish something like this; good players, good assistant coaches, and support from your administration."
With all but two games coming against Big West opponents for the rest of the season, Brontsema hopes to see the team's success continue. Following a Wednesday non-conference tilt against Pepperdine at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, the Gauchos host first place Cal State Fullerton for a three-game match-up starting Friday. The series should set the stage for an exciting sprint to the finish.