Baseball Team Among Top Recruiting Squads in Nation

Oct. 14, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the fourth season in a row, UC Santa Barbara's baseball team has been mentioned as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, courtesy of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The Gauchos come in as the 61st best recruiting class as ranked by the publication, yet another strong indication of a successful upcoming 2011 season.

UCSB returns three of its four starting infielders in Trevor Whyte, Sean Williams and Ryan Palermo while Mark Haddow, Ben Edelstein, Derek Eligio and Lance Roenicke all return in the outfield.

Right-hander Jesse Meaux, who turned down an opportunity to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies after being drafted in June, also returns to anchor the pitching staff. Lefty Kevin Gelinas, who has been drafted two straight years, right-hander Greg Davis and starters Nick Capito and Nick Loredo also return.

"We are excited about the group of athletes that have arrived at UCSB," said Associate Head Coach Tom Myers, who also serves as UCSB's recruiting coordinator. "Their hard work and skill set should make our program compete for a Big West title for years to come."

The Gauchos open their season with a three-game homestand on Friday, Feb. 18 vs. LaSalle University and also host such teams as Nevada, USC, Sacramento State, Pepperdine and Big West foes Long Beach State and UC Irvine at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

UCSB will also travel to face Washington State, Oregon State, Rice, Cal and Cal State Fullerton.

For ticket information, please call (805) 893-UCSB. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Gaucho Fund, launched as part of the Dare to Be Great strategic plan, is UCSB Athletics' annual giving program to provide vital funding support for scholarships, academic success and leadership development for Gaucho student-athletes. The Gaucho Fund is the anchor to the Dare to Be Great campaign.

GKids is the official kids club of UCSB Athletics. Members receive a free GKids t-shirt, free admittance to tons of Gaucho games, opportunities to be ball boys and girls at games, a special birthday greeting from Olie (the GKids mascot) and much, much more! For more information on GKids, or to become a member, please click here.