April 29, 2010

UCSB Hosts Three-Game Series With UC Riverside Beginning Friday

April 29, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday April 30, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday May 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. UC Riverside (21-13, 5-4)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Highlanders - 62-70
Last win - 2009 (11-9 vs. LBSU; 5/10)
Last loss - 2008 (10-8 @ #26 LBSU; 5/10)
Last series win - 2009 (5/9 - 5/10 vs LBSU; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2008 (5/8 - 5/10 @ #26 LBSU; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Highlanders - W, 11-9 (5/10/09)
Streak - Won 4
Saturday's and Sunday's games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com - click here to listen
All three games available via Gametracker
All three games streaming live online at

Tuesday May 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Bakersfield (18-20)
at CSUB's Hardt Field (500)
Series record vs. the Roadrunners - 3-1
Last win - 2009 (17-2 @ CSUB; 4/21)
Last loss - 2009 (8-6 vs. CSUB; 4/28)
Last series win - N/A
Last series loss - N/A
Last time out vs. the Roadrunners - L, 8-6 vs. CSUB (4/28/09)
Streak - Lost 1

• Gaucho Baseball On The Radio
New this season, UCSB baseball games will be broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com. Steve Wendt will handle the play-by-play duties with every Big West weekend series scheduled to air live on the radio and streaming live online.
Click here for more information and a schedule of baseball games on the air!

• Look Like the Gauchos!
Earlier this year UCSB revealed a new look and the baseball team is sporting some new logos and uniforms on the field. Be sure to come to the baseball team's home games to outfit yourself in the new gear! Click here to take a look at the new logos and uniforms the Gauchos are wearing. All new gear is available for purchase at UCSB home baseball games.

• Meaux-ing Them Down
Not long after throwing his first career complete game (April 11 at Cal Poly), junior right-hander Jesse Meaux had another brilliant outing. On Sunday, Meaux threw eight innings allowing seven hits and one run against Long Beach State in a 4-1 victory, helping UCSB snap a five-game losing streak. While lefty Mario Hollands has drawn a great deal of attention this season - and for good reason - Meaux has been just as impressive. The Glendale, Calif. native leads the team in wins (he is 6-2) and his 4.24 ERA is best among UCSB starters. Meaux is also tied for the team lead with two saves and leads the Gauchos with 63.2 innings pitched this year.

• U-C-S-B Spells Relief
For only the third time this season the UCSB bullpen went at least three innings and didn't allow a run after tossing eight shutout innings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over USC. The previous times - four innings on April 10 at Cal Poly and three innings on March 26 vs. USF - the bullpen only combined for just seven scoreless frames. Matthew Brady, Sam Phippen, Connor Whalen and Nick Loredo each pitched two scoreless innings vs. USC with Whalen earning his first career victory and Loredo nabbing his first career save.

• The 'Pen is Mightier
Tuesday was just the latest example of how strong the Gauchos' bullpen can be. Over the course of the season, UCSB is 15-5 when leading after the sixth, 17-2 when leading after seven innings and 18-1 when leading after eight.

• Having a Whalen of a Time
Whalen, a junior left-hander, came to UCSB from nearby Santa Barbara City College and has a 1.86 ERA in 13 appearances this season. Whalen has not allowed a run in his past seven outings (5 IP).

• See Sean Swing
Junior Sean Williams, who has started all 35 games hitting second and playing at second base, has hits in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .351 (20-for-57) in that stretch. Williams is tied with Valaika with 13 multi-hit games and nine of those have come in April. The Costa Mesa, Calif. native leads the team with 58 total bases and has a .377 on-base percentage.

• Viva Valaika
Senior shortstop Matt Valaika leads the Gauchos with his 27 RBI and leads all regulars with his .408 on-base percentage while batting a team-best .324 in Big West games. The Valencia, Calif. native is tied for the team lead with 13 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games. Valaika has knocked in 12 of his RBI in 16 April games while batting .302 in the month.

• Tre-mendous!
Senior outfielder Ryan Tregoning has a hit in nine of his last 10 games and is batting .333 in that span (12 of 36). The San Jose, Calif. native has nine RBI in those 10 games, including the game-winning home run in the seventh inning on Tuesday. Tregoning has scored eight runs in that stretch.

• Hooray for Hollands
Despite allowing 10 runs on 15 hits in 3.1 innings last Friday at Long Beach State - his poorest start ever - junior left-hander Mario Hollands remains one of the top pitchers in the Big West. His 56 strikeouts rank fourth in the conference. Hollands also needs to pitch 25.1 more innings to tie Steve Connolly (1984-87) for 10th all-time. Hollands also needs to strike out 16 more batters to tie teammate Mike Ford for 10th all-time in career K's at UCSB.

• Whyte Out
First baseman Trevor Whyte, who transferred to UCSB from Saddleback JC, leads all UCSB regulars with his .315 batting average while his 25 RBI are second on the team. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native is 6 for his last 17 (.353) with four RBI spanning five games. Whyte's .402 on-base percentage is also third on the Gauchos.

• Gunnar Shades
Senior centerfielder Gunnar Terhune has hits in seven of his last eight games - and 14 of his past 17. Over his last eight games the San Diego native has recorded four multi-hit games and is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with seven runs scored and four RBI, which includes his two home runs of the season. In his last 17 games Terhune is batting .324 (23-for-71). Terhune is tied with Valaika for the team lead with seven multi-RBI games and his 28 runs scored lead the team.

• Great Scott, Marty!
Catcher Marty Mullins leads the Gauchos with his .897 OPS and he has hits in nine of his past 10 games with an at-bat, hitting .394 (13-for-33) over that time with eight RBI.

• Did You Know?
Right-handed pitcher Sam Phippen is the only Division I player in the nation to play for both his school's men's basketball team and its baseball team.

• UCSB Quick Fact
Mario Hollands' 16 strikeouts vs. Northern Illinois on March 12 are tied for the second-most strikeouts in a single-game this season in the NCAA. UT-Arlington's Jason Mitchell K'd 18 against Missouri State on February 26.

• By the Numbers
2.91 - Walks per nine innings that UCSB pitchers allow. The team is ranked 21st in the nation for fewest walks per game.

• Hollands, Valaika Among Top in Nation
Senior shortstop Matt Valaika and junior pitcher Mario Hollands solidified their standing among the nation's elite when each were named to Player of the Year watch lists, courtesy of The College Baseball Foundation. Valaika, who led the Gauchos in batting average and slugging percentage last season, was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, an award that is given annually to the nation's best shortstop. Hollands, who has twice been named a Big West Pitcher of the Week, was named to The College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Click here to read more.

• Brontsema Sets Wins Mark
UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema passed Al Ferrer (1981-93) for the most victories ever by a Gaucho coach as he secured No. 446 following a Sunday, March 28, 11-6 win over USF. Brontsema is already the school's record-holder for the most Division I victories and he is the Big West's active wins leader.

• The Bob Brontsema File
The 2010 season marks the 29th 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 17th season at the helm, Brontsema has been involved in 856 Gaucho victories, far more than anyone in UCSB baseball history. In fact, he has participated in 60 percent of all UCSB victories in school history. Brontsema has UCSB's most career wins - achieved on Sunday, Mar. 28 this season - 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 17 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, Brontsema currently ranks first in Big West career wins amongst active Big West coaches and number one 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 six former Gauchos who are currently playing in the Major Leagues (Cincinnati's Justin Lehr, St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Pittsburgh's 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-three of Brontsema's athletes have earned All-Big West honors and 10 of his Gauchos have been named All-Americans. Of the 69 athletes under Brontsema's tutelage selected into the professional ranks, only seven had been drafted before entering UCSB.

Probable Starting Lineup

No. Name Pos Quick Notes
5 Gunnar Terhune CF Leads team with 28 runs, 9 stolen bases
10 Sean Williams 2B Has 9 multi-hit games in 16 April contests
8 Matt Valaika SS Leads team with .324 avg in BW play
35 Trevor Whyte 1B His .315 avg is best amongst regulars
26 Marty Mullins C 2nd on team in both slugging and OBP
25 Mark Haddow RF Has started all but one game this season
33 Ryan Tregoning LF Has driven in 9 RBI in his past 10 games
27 Beck Wheeler DH Minor slump lately: 2-18 in BW games
17 Ryan Palermo 3B Batting just .224 in 107 ABs this year

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Fri 11 Mario Hollands Ranks 4th in Big West in total strikeouts
Sat 20 Nick Capito Was P-ing well at LB until struck by ball
Sun 28 Jesse Meaux His 6 wins, 4.24 ERA lead starters
Tues 34 Greg Davis After 1 ER in 16.1 IP, has 8 ER in 1.1 IP