Sept. 8, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Senior Gaucho returnees Matt Emerick and Andrew Schoneberger helped the Santa Maria Indians to a record of 23-22 over the summer. Emerick, the Gauchos' starting centerfielder and occasional leadoff hitter last season, finished summer ball hitting .354 in 82 at bats, including four doubles and seven stolen bases. Schoneberger had an excellent summer on the mound for the Indians, finding time not only as a reliever but also as a spot starter while posting an ERA in the low twos.
Junior hurlers Brian Tracy and Justin Segal both took the mound this summer for the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate League's Rockville Express. Rockville finished with a record of 19-20, earning third place in the standings. Segal made 19 relief appearances and finished the season with a 2-2 record while sporting an ERA of 1.88 and 24 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched. Segal also earned an all-star bid, facing three hitters and striking out one en route to becoming the game's winning pitcher. Tracy started seven games for Rockville, ending the season with a 2-4 record and an ERA of 6.30 in 30 innings pitched. Andy Graham, another returning Gaucho junior, found work on the hill for the Cape Cod League's Orleans Cardinals this summer. Graham helped the Cardinals win the Cape Cod League's championship by starting one playoff game and pitching 7.1 scoreless innings while striking out seven. Graham's success wasn't just evident during the postseason, completing the 2005 summer ball season with a record of 4-2 while sporting an ERA of 1.41 and 45 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched.
Sophomore Alden Carrithers stayed in Santa Barbara to play his summer baseball, finding time on the Santa Barbara Foresters. The Foresters (51-12) finished second at the 2005 NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Carrithers played in 27 games, batting .265 with an on-base percentage of .446 and posting a perfect 12-12 in the stolen base department. Two future Gauchos also decided to get acquainted with Caesar Uyesaka stadium and elected to play for the Foresters. Mario Lewis, a native of Santa Ynez, will join the Gauchos after two outstanding years at Butte College. In the Forester uniform, Lewis batted .287 with 13 doubles, two homeruns, 32 RBI and a .404 slugging percentage. Matt Anderson, a catcher out of Consumnes River College near Sacramento, will bring a strong bat and backstop to the Gaucho squad. In 21 games played for the Foresters, Anderson batted .308 with 11 RBI. Jeff Braun, a 6-foot-5 lefty out of Los Angeles' Pierce College spent his summer days pitching for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (15-28) of the Alaska Baseball League. Braun completed his summer season with a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 3.93 in 50.1 innings pitched.
The Gauchos are scheduled to open the 2006 regular season on February 10 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium against San Jose State.