May 5, 2009

UCSB Faces Pepperdine Before Hosting Long Beach State

May 5, 2009

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (23-19) at Pepperdine (25-19) at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium
Series record vs. the Waves - (52-58)
2008 season record vs. the Waves - (1-3)
Game available online through Gametracker

Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m.
UCSB (23-19, 6-9) vs. Long Beach State (23-20, 10-5) at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Series record vs. the 49ers - (64-78)
2008 season record vs. the 49ers - (1-2)
Saturday and Sunday's games broadcast live at kcsb.org
Games available online through Gametracker
Streaming video available through bigwest.tv

• Coming Up
UCSB will face Pepperdine on Wednesday before hosting a three-game Big West weekend series with Long Beach State. This weekend represents Diamond Days where fans can buy one ticket to baseball and receive free admission to softball. On Friday, it's Diabetes Awareness Day where UCSB will honor catcher Doug Hansen and the UCSB research team that created the artificial pancreas; on Saturday the first 100 paid fans will receive a free beach towel in the "Beat The Beach, Hit The Beach" promotion; and on Sunday the first 50 students will receive free Chipotle burritos and all moms will receive free admission and flowers as the Gauchos celebrate Mother's Day. Please click here to read more about Diamond Days.

• Gaucho Joe
Despite taking his first loss of the season last week, Joe Gardner still sits among some of the Big West conference's best pitchers. At 6-1 the junior is seventh in wins while his 3.91 ERA is 10th in the conference. Gardner's 63 strikeouts are tied for second in the Big West while opponents are batting just .266 against him, good for eighth in the league. His 73.2 innings pitched are seventh and the Fremont, Calif. native has gone at least six innings in all but two of his 11 starts this year (one was a planned "staff day"). UCSB is also 9-2 in games in which Gardner starts. Before last week's defeat, Gardner was the first pitcher since Michael Martin in 2004 to open a season 6-0.

• Captain E.O.
First baseman Eric Oliver leads the team with 39 RBI, tying him for eighth in the Big West. The senior has eight multi-RBI games this season, which is third on the team and his 16 multi-hit games this year top the Gauchos. Oliver has at least one hit in eight of his past nine games and is the only Gaucho to start all 42 games. Only four times this season has Oliver either failed to reach base, score a run or have an RBI. The Irvine, Calif. native also leads the team with a .407 average and .722 slugging percentage in conference play.

• V For Valaika
Matt Valaika, who leads the Gauchos with 10 multi-RBI games, has recorded a hit in 11 of his past 12 starts, batting .341 (15-for-44) in that time. The junior has eight RBI, three doubles, two home runs and a game-winning, walk-off single in that time. The junior is third on the team with his .315 average while his 33 RBI are third.

• Not Bubba ... It's Brian Gump
Senior Brian Gump has recorded at least one hit in 23 of his past 27 starts and just once in his 40 starts has he failed to reach base or record an RBI. Currently the Westminster, Calif. native is third in the Big West with 46 runs scored while his 19 stolen bases are also fourth in the conference. In Big West games, Gump is hitting .375 with a .448 on-base percentage.

• Sunday, Bloody Sunday
After opening the season 5-1 on Sundays, the Gauchos have not won on the Holy Day in their past six Sunday games, getting outscored 60-27. UCSB's most successful day of the week is Friday where they are 6-3. A rundown of the other days: 1-1 on Monday; 2-4 on Tuesday; 2-0 on Wednesday; 1-0 on Thursday; and 6-5 on Saturday.

• Monster Mashers
UCSB's .469 slugging percentage is second in the Big West. The Gauchos' 151 extra-base hits are also second in the conference to Cal Poly's 165. The Gauchos lead the conference in triples (16), second in home runs (41) and fourth in doubles (94).

• 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 11-4. When the Gauchos score first in any game, they are 15-3.

• What a Catch!
Junior catcher Marty Mullins is batting .380 in Big West games, second on the team to Eric Oliver's .407 mark. The Los Gatos, Calif. native has thrown out 17 of 40 would-be base-stealers this season and his grand slam on April 7 vs. Pepperdine finally went into the books when the teams completed their game on Monday, May 4.

• Get The Door, It's DeAlba
John DeAlba has hits in 15 of his past 19 games recording all 13 of his RBI in that span.

• Captain Cav-man
Infielder Ryan Cavan has a keen eye - his 27 walks rank third in the Big West and has helped boost his team-leading .447 on-base percentage, which is ninth in the conference. Cavan leads the Gauchos with his .343 batting average and his 15 multi-hit games ranks second on the squad. The Belmont, Calif. native has scored 12 runs in Big West play, fourth on the team.

• Annie, Get Your Gunnar
Junior Gunnar Terhune is batting .283 in Big West games, ranking fourth on the team. He has 13 RBI in the team's 15 conference games, second to Eric Oliver's 14. Terhune has also swiped four bases in conference games, second only to Brian Gump's six stolen bases.

• RPI Report
In the latest RPI report, Santa Barbara's Ratings Percentage Index - through April 26 - is 77.

• Run Amok
UCSB's 303 runs are fourth in the Big West and the team is averaging 7.2 runs per 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.

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