May 5, 2010

UCSB Hosts Cal State Northridge for 3 Games This Weekend

May 5, 2010

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• The Schedule

Friday May 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday May 8, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday May 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Northridge (22-19, 4-8)
at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Series record vs. the Matadors - 66-50-3
Last win - 2009 (21-12 @ CSUN; 3/27)
Last loss - 2009 (3-2 @ CSUN; 3/29)
Last series win - 2008 (3/28 - 3/30 vs. CSUN; 3-0)
Last series loss - 2009 (3/27 - 3/29 @ CSUN; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Matadors - L, 3-2 @ CSUN (3/29/09)
Streak - Lost 2
Saturday's and Sunday's games broadcast on AM 1490 and streaming live online at UCSBgauchos.com - click here to listen!

Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine (13-23)
at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium (1,800)
Series record vs. the Waves - 56-60-3
Last win - 2010 (15-10 vs. Pepperdine; 4/13)
Last loss - 2009 (8-6 vs. Pepperdine; 5/4)
Last series win - 2005 (2/4 - 2/6 vs. Pepperdine; 2-1)
Last series loss - 2007 (3/24 - 3/26 @ Pepperdine; 1-2)
Last time out vs. the Waves - W, 15-10 (4/13/10)
Streak - Won 2

• Weekend Special at Caesar Uyesaka!
This weekend, the price of one ticket will get you into two events. The UCSB softball team will host Pacific on Saturday and Sunday and one purchased ticket will get fans into both events. Also, since Sunday is Mother's Day, all mothers who attend the baseball game will receive a free teddy bear and will get half-off any women's merchandise at The Gauchos Shop! Click here to shop online!

• 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.

• U-C-S-B Spells Relief
Despite losing its past three games, the UC Santa Barbara bullpen has been a bright spot. Over the past 26.1 innings pitched by the relief corps, the Gauchos have allowed just four earned runs for a 1.37 ERA. The bullpen has pitched in 24.1 of a possible 35 innings spanning four of the team's past five games (not including Mario Hollands' complete game last Friday). Over the course of the season, UCSB is 16-5 when leading after the sixth, 18-2 when leading after seven innings and 19-1 when leading after eight innings.

• Hooray for Hollands
Hollands bounced back in a big way last Friday vs. UC Riverside following his previous start at Long Beach State (10 runs, 15 hits in 3.1 innings). The junior left-hander pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on seven hits without walking a batter. It was Hollands' third complete game this season, which ties him for the most in the Big West and marks the most by a Gaucho starter since Mike Ford had four in 2008. Hollands' 3.99 ERA is ninth in the Big West and his 61 strikeouts are third. The El Cerrito, Calif. native needs 16.1 innings to tie Steve Connolly (1984-87) for 10th in UCSB history and Hollands needs 11 more strikeouts to tie Ford for 10th all-time in career K's at UCSB.

• He Puts The "Hot" In The Hot Corner
Sophomore third baseman Ryan Palermo has hits in five of his past six games - including four straight - which has raised his batting average 30 points. Over these half-dozen games, Palermo is batting .400 (8-for-20) with five RBI.

• Finishing What They Start
With Mario Hollands' complete game on Friday, the Gaucho pitching staff has now thrown six complete games this season. That number is the most in the Big West and it's the most by a UCSB pitching staff since the 2008 team combined for six. The last team with more than that was the 2001 team which finished the year with eight complete games.

• V is for Valaika
Shortstop Matt Valaika leads the Gauchos with his 28 RBI and has a team-best .401 on-base percentage. His .449 slugging percentage is best among current starters and his 62 total bases are tied for the most on the squad. The Valencia, Calif. native is also tied for the team lead with 14 multi-hit games this season. Valaika also ranks among the top three on the team in every statistical offensive category.

• Trevor is Terrific
Junior Trevor Whyte leads the team with his .321 average and it's an even better .357 in conference play. Whyte, who has played in every game this season, is second on the team with 27 RBI, second with his 61 total bases and is 11 for his last 30 (.367) with six RBI spanning his past nine games. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif. boasts a .399 on-base percentage which only trails Valaika on the team.

• See Sean Swing
Junior Sean Williams, who didn't start for the first time all season on Tuesday at Bakersfield, has been one of the steadiest Gauchos this season. Williams is tied with Valaika with 14 multi-hit games and nine of those came in April. The Costa Mesa, Calif. native leads the team with his 20 walks - ranking sixth in the Big West.

• Gunnar Shades
Since seeing his batting average drop to .130 on March 6, senior Gunnar Terhune has been terrific. The centerfielder is 41-for-124 (.331) since then and has hits in 10 of his past 12 games. Terhune is the team's leader with eight multi-RBI games, despite batting leadoff in all but two of the team's games this season. His 28 runs lead the team and he is tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases.

• Marky Mark and a Bunch of Hits
Though his six-game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday, Mark Haddow was 9-for-21 (.429) in that stretch. The San Diego native is tied for the team lead in total bases and stolen bases, even though he hasn't had an extra base hit since doubling on April 11 at Cal Poly.

• The Lowdown on Loredo
Junior pitcher Nick Loredo has been good since moving to the bullpen, posting a 4.71 ERA over his last six outings - all in relief. The transfer from San Jose CC has walked just one batter in his last 15.1 innings pitched while striking out seven.

• Here's the Story of a Man Named Brady
Right-handed reliever Matthew Brady, a walk-on, has been superb in his relief outings lately allowing just one earned run in his past 8.2 innings pitched, spanning four appearances. Brady has given up just five hits in that time.

• 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
.264 - Gauchos' batting average in 2005, the last UCSB team to finish with the lowest team batting average in the Big West. Currently the Gauchos are last in the conference in average.

• 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 Has a hit in 15 of his past 18 games
10 Sean Williams 2B 2-17 in past 6 games dropping avg 21 points
8 Matt Valaika SS 14 multi-hit games - tied for most on team
35 Trevor Whyte 1B Has 4 extra base hits in last 6 games
25 Mark Haddow RF 2nd on team with 4 HR but last was 3/28
27 Beck Wheeler DH Had first multi-hit game on Tues since 4/10
24 Bryce Tafelski C In past 4 games - all starts - is 3-18 w/ 8 K's
17 Ryan Palermo 3B His 8 doubles are a team high
3 Lance Roenicke LF Has 5 extra base hits in 40 AB's this year

Probable Starting Pitchers

Day No. Name Quick Notes
Fri 11 Mario Hollands 3 SHO this year is 1st in Big West
Sat 20 Nick Capito Is 0-2 with 15.07 ERA in 4 BW starts
Sun 28 Jesse Meaux His 6 wins are tied for 4th in BW
Tues 34 Greg Davis 6 K's in 4 IP last Tues. vs. Bakersfield

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