Final Baseball Home Series This Weekend Against Sacramento State
May 15, 2002
* May 17 vs. Sacramento State
L- Thompson (2-3, 5.42) vs. R- Groeger (6-7, 4.62) 2:00 p.m.
* May 18 vs. Sacramento State
R- Posthumus (5-1, 5.23) vs. R- Marzion (2-6, 4.22) 1:00 p.m.
* May 19 vs. Sacramento State
R- Vasquez (5-8, 4.97) vs. R- Turner (0-3, 7.50) 12:00 p.m.
Gauchos On The Air
KCSB 91.9 FM will carry four more Gaucho baseball games for live broadcast.
May 17 vs. Sacramento State May 24-26 vs. Cal Poly
Broadcast times will begin five minutes before game times.
The UC Santa Barbara (19-30, 5-13 BWC) baseball team is coming off their best Big West Conference series of the season, winning the final two games of the series against Pacific. The Gauchos would lose the opening game 5-4 after blowing a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning. However, UCSB would rebound with a vengeance in game two on Saturday, racking out 22 hits, in a 18-2 pounding of the Tigers. After taking the loss on Friday in relief, Matt Vasquez shut down the UOP offense in six-of his final seven-innings pitched, to win 9-3 on Sunday. The series win by the Gauchos was their first conference series win of the season.
Keep Away From The Stingers
Sacramento State (19-31, 1-17 BWC), coached by John Smith (24th year, 694-646), is coming off a 1-2 weekend against UC Irvine. The Hornets won their first Big West Conference game on Friday, defeating the Anteaters, 4-2, behind a complete-game performance by Jeff Groeger. Offensively, the Tigers are batting .260 as a team, led by the Big West's home run leader, Chris Kinsey (.314, 16 HR, 53 RBI) and Mario Celillo (.283, 15 2B, 4 HR, 26 RBI). The pitching staff has an ERA of 6.20, led by Groeger (6-7, 4.62, 66 K, 97.1 IP), Kinsey (3-4, 6.85,50 K, 71 IP) and Kevin Marzion (2-6, 4.22 32 K, 64 IP). The All-time series between UCSB and Sacramento State is tied at 17-17.
Gaucho Probable Starters
1B * Josh McCanne * Had six runs and six RBI, in 6-for-12 performance against Pacific. 2B * Chris Malec * Went 3-for-14 with two doubles, three runs and five RBI against UOP. SS * Dave Licht * Went 3-for-6 with three RBI on Saturday against the Tigers. 3B * Nate Sutton * Went 7-for13 with four runs and four RBI last weekend. LF * Blair Havens * Missed hitting for the cycle on Sunday by a homer. CF * Ryan Spilborghs * Looking to improve upon 2-for-12 weekend in Stockton. RF * Matt Wilkerson * Had four hits and scored five runs against Pacific. C * Taylor Vogt * Went 5-for-11 with a double, three runs and three RBI against UOP. DH * Matt Stevens * 7-for-12 (.583) vs. right-handed pitching this year. LHP * Sean Thompson * Pitched 8.2 innings with a season-high 8 k's in no-decision vs. UOP. RHP * Eric Posthumus * Pitched complete game five hitter vs. UOP to improve to 5-1 on season. RHP * Matt Vasquez * Won for the first time in nine starts last Sunday for his 5th win of year.
What About Bob?
Bob Brontsema is in his ninth season as Gaucho skipper. He owns a career record of 235-238 (.498). Brontsema is coming off his best coaching season at UCSB guiding the Gauchos to a 40-17 record, good for the best single season winning percentage (.702) at UCSB since 1986. The 40 wins were the most by a UCSB team since 1990. For his efforts, Brontsema was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Brontsema has posted three straight over-.500 campaigns, the school's first such achievement since 1992.
What a difference a week makes. After being held to only nine runs on 21 hits against UC Riverside two weekends ago, the Gaucho bats came to life, pounding out 44 hits and scoring 31 runs last weekend against Pacific. In game two alone, the Gauchos teed off on the Tiger pitching staff for 22 hits, which was one hit more than they had in the whole Riverside series. Four batters-Blair Havens (7-for-13), Josh McCanne (6-for-12), Nate Sutton (6-for-13), and Dave Licht (5-for-13), had five or more hits in the series.
Now That's How Your Supposed To Pitch
The Gaucho pitching staff also shined bright against Pacific, having their best series of the season. Aside from the error-aided four run disaster in the ninth inning of game one, and a three run first inning in game three, the pitching staff was pretty much untouchable. In the 25.2 other innings, the Gauchos only gave up three runs. Over the weekend they gave up only 10 runs. That figure becomes all the more impressive if you take into account that only five of those runs were earned, giving the Gauchos a 1.69 ERA over the weekend.
The Gaucho starting pitchers had a fantastic weekend, giving up only five earned runs in 24.2 innings, good for a 1.82 ERA. In game one, starter Sean Thompson pitched 8.2 innings, giving up only one earned run while striking a Gaucho season-high eight batters, in the no-decision. Thompson held Pacific scoreless in seven of those innings. In game two, freshman Eric Posthumus threw a complete-game five hitter, allowing only two runs to win his fifth game of the season. In that game, Posthumus held UOP scoreless in eight of those innings. In game three, Matt Vasquez gave up three runs in the first, but was able to battle back, holding the Tigers scoreless for the final six innings he pitched. The win by Vasquez was his fifth of the season, tying him for the team-lead with Posthumus, and was his first win in nine starts.
Senior Day On Sunday
Sunday will be the final games at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for seven seniors-Andy Campanella(Toluca Lake, Calif.), James Garcia (Torrance, Calif.), Dave Licht (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Matt Moran (Chico, Calif.), Rob More (Torrance, Calif.), R.J. Smith (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Jeremy Sugarman (Malibu, Calif.). Prior to the game, the seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony in appreciation of their contributions to the Gaucho baseball program.
Juniors Josh McCanne and Blair Havens went a combined 13-for-27 with ten runs, ten RBI, three doubles, a triple and a home run, over the weekend against Pacific. McCanne spearheaded the 18-2 win on Saturday with his best game of the season, a 4-for-6 five RBI, and three run performance, which included his fifth homer of the season. Havens had multiple hits in all three games, including a triple in the sixth inning of game three, which scored McCanne to give the Gauchos a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish against UOP.
Don't Rub It
The Gauchos lead the Big West Conference with 88 hit-by-pitches in 49 games this season. Firstbaseman Josh McCanne leads the Gaucho bean patrol with 17 dottings on the season, which shattered the old mark of 14, set by Greg Braunwalder in 1982. Center fielder Andy Campanella has 15 on the season, and has 24 for his career, breaking the career record of 23, held by Bryan LaCour (97-99). Secondbaseman Chris Malec also had 15, which is fifth all -time for freshman in the Big West.
Stellar Santa Barbarian
Junior Ryan Spilborghs is the wheel that makes the Gauchos turn. The lone offensive starter from the 2001 team, is also the most dangerous hitter in the UCSB lineup. "Spilly," as he is known to teammates, coaches and friends, leads the Gauchos and is among the leaders in the Big West, in several offensive categories. Despite being carefully pitched to, the Santa Barbara High School product is still batting .347 with 13 home runs. Spilly also leads the team with 52 runs, 53 RBI, five triples, 35 walks, a .638 slugging percentage, and a .455 on-base percentage. Spilborghs is third in the Big West in total bases (125), and is second in runs scored and RBI. Base runners should also be warned, Spilborghs also has a pretty good arm, as evidenced by five assists from the outfield, including seven in his previous year. Spilborghs also leads the Gauchos with 21 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games.
2001 Gauchos In The Pro's
The Gauchos had 10 players off their 2001 squad sign proffesional contracts. Of those, here is an update of how some of them are doing so far in 2002. Former lefty starterJim Bullard (9th rd, Chicago White Sox) is 3-3 with 2.03 ERA in seven starts for the Winston Salem Warthogs in the Carolina League (High A). Bullard has 31 strikouts in 44.1 innings and has yet to give up a home run. Former shortstop Jeff Bannon (18th rd, Cincinatti) is curently batting .310 with 39 hits, seven doubles and 24 runs in 33 games with the Stockton Ports, in the California League (High A). Four year starter at second base and all-time UCSB hits leader, Chad Peshke (33rd rd, Cleveland), is batting .289 with 14 RBI, four doubles and two home runs in 24 games played, for the Colombus Red Stixx in the South Athlantic League (High A). Former first baseman and UCSB single-season home run record holder, Tyler Von Schell (15th rd, San Francisco), is batting .229 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 17 runs scored in 34 games with the Hagerstown Suns, also in the South Atlantic League (High A).
Offense By Grade
Seniors: .264 (98-371) 6 HR 78 R 53 RBI Junior : .271 (178-656) 20 HR 140 R 121 RBI Sophomore: .290 (84-290) 2 HR 56 R 48 RBI Freshman: .311 (134-431) 23 HR 82 R 107 RBI
Pitching By Grade
Seniors: 43 G 12 GS 104.1 IP 87 ER 75 K 7.50 ERA 4-8 W-L Junior : 53 G 15 GS 145 IP 97 ER 103 K 6.02 ERA 5-10 Sophomore: 28 G 15 GS 106.1 IP 63 ER 72 K 5.33 ERA 5-10 Freshman: 38 G 7 GS 76.1 IP 49 ER 55 K 5.78 ERA 5-2
Final Home Series
The Gauchos will conclude their season next weekend with three games in San Luis Obispo against central-coast rivals, Cal Poly.
Big West Standings (5/13/02)
Conf. Overall Cal State Northridge 16-5 36-15 Cal State Fullerton 14-7 34-17 UC Irvine 12-6 31-22 Cal Poly 11-7 26-27-1 Long Beach State 9-6 28-17 UC Riverside 8-10 28-23 Pacific 6-12 25-23-1 UC Santa Barbara 5-13 19-30 Sacramento State 1-17 19-31
More Gaucho News'n Notes
* Aftrer missing two months due to a back injury, junior James Dayley made his return to the Gaucho pitching staff in the UC Riverside series. The Paul, Idaho, native pitched in two of the games, going 3.1 innings total allowing no runs while striking out four. Prior to his injury, Dayley had six starts, going 1-2 in those games.
* According to Boyd's World, a collegiate baseball publication, the Gauchos have the 11th toughest schedule in the nation.
* Ryan Spilborghs is the lone returning starter from 2001 on the field for the Gauchos. UCSB had nine players drafted off last years 40-17 team.
* Gaucho freshman Chris Malec and Matt Wilkerson were teammate last year as seniors at Santa Margarita High School. The two were coached by Tip Lefebvre, brother of former Dodger and major league manager Jim Lefebvre.
* The Gauchos scored 12 runs in the fifth inning against Creighton, in a 23-10 win on Feb. 23. UCSB also had 25 hits in that game.
* Josh McCanne hit a walk-off grandslam with two outs in the ninth, in the Gauchos 8-4 victory over Loyola Marymount, for their first win of the season on February 1.
* Ryan Spilborghs had a 35-game hitting streak in 2001. Earlier in 2002, Spilborghs had a 12-game streak. Spilborghs leads the Big-West with 39 runs scored.
* In 2001, James Garcia became the first Gaucho to win 10 games since Santa Clara pitching coach Tom Myers did so for UCSB in 1991. Despite Garcia's 6.39 ERA, opposing hitters are batting just .230 against him this year,
* Nine Gauchos were drafted off the 2001 team. Jared Schumaker (5th, St. Louis), Jim Bullard (9th, Chicago, AL), Jamie Gonzales (12th, Detroit), Dave Molidor (14th, Cincinnati), Tyler Von Schell (15th, San Francisco), Rylie Ogle (N.Y. Mets),Jeff Bannon (18th, Cincinnati), Chad Peshke (33rd, Cleveland) and Jed Stringham (36th, Detroit).
* Oakland Athletic Barry Zito pitched his freshman season at UCSB before transfering to Pierce JC and then finishing at USC. Current Texas Ranger second baseman, Mike Young, was a teammate of Zito's at UCSB in 1997.