September 26, 2006

2007 UCSB Schedule Highlighted by 13 Games Against 2006 NCAA Qualifiers

Sept. 26, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Beginning with a three-game series against an always tough Western Athletic Conference opponent in San Jose State, the UC Santa Barbara baseball team's 2007 schedule looks to be a strong one once again, highlighted by 13 games against 2006 NCAA qualifiers and 24 games (21 counting toward UCSB's conference record) against fellow members of the competitive Big West Conference.

The 55-game schedule will feature 31 games slated to be played at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos will begin their season on February 9 on the road against San Jose State. After the series with the Spartans, UCSB will return home to host another WAC opponent and a 2006 NCAA qualifier, Hawai'i, for a three-game series starting on February 16. UCSB will then host Westmont for one game on February 20 before welcoming perennial powerhouse Cal to Caesar Uyesaka from February 23-25 to complete the season's first month.

UCSB will head to Beaumont, Texas for the first of two trips to the Lone Star State from March 2-4 to take on Lamar, St. John's and Kansas State. After the trip, UCSB will return to Santa Barbara for a ten-game home stand, its longest of the season. In those ten games from March 6-24, UCSB will host Pepperdine on the 6th and 24th, Cal State Northridge for three starting on the 9th, a two-game series with Minnesota beginning on the 13th and a three-game set with Loyola Marymount from the 16th through the 18th. After the ten-game home stand, UCSB will travel to Malibu, Calif. to square-off against Pepperdine for the third and fourth times on March 25 and 26.

An important three-game road set against a strong TCU squad on March 30-April 1 should prove to be a good mid-season test of the Gauchos. Santa Barbara will then open Big West play on the road when they take on UC Riverside from April 5-7.

UCSB will then return home for its Big West Conference home opener against Pacific on April 13. After the three-game set with the Tigers, the Gauchos will host Westmont for the final time on April 17 and then a three-game conference series with UC Irvine starting on April 20.

UCSB hits the road once again starting on April 27 as it visits Cal State Northridge for a three-game conference series before traveling to four-time National Champion Cal State Fullerton for three games starting on May 4. The schedule does not get much easier for UCSB, as it hosts perennial powerhouse Long Beach State for three games starting on May 11.

The Gauchos hop in the bus for the final regular season road trip starting on May 16 as they visit USC for one game and then UC Davis for a three-game non-conference series from May 18-20. UCSB will then return home to close out the 2007 regular season when it hosts USC for one game on May 23 and a three-game conference series against Southern Coast rival Cal Poly from May 25-27.

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