Fresno State dropped its first meeting with UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 28.
March 13, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State heads down to play UC Santa Barbara Tuesday, March 13 at 3 p.m. This is the second meeting of the two teams this year. The 'Dogs fell at home to the Gauchos (Feb. 28).
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Fresno State Game Notes
RIVAL HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL
UC Santa Barbara is currently a member of the Big West Conference. The two programs have been meeting since 1951 and the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 48-33. Fresno State fell 7-1 at home when the teams met earlier this year. Senior Patrick Hutcheson and junior Austin Wynns went 1-for-3 in the game. Junior Daniel Moultrie came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning and came around to score the shutout ending run after getting walked.
BULLDOGS AGAINST THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Fresno State is 444-274 all-time against current Big West Conference members.
GOING OVER THE GAUCHOS
First year head coach Andrew Checketts has led UCSB to a 7-8 record. The Gauchos dropped their series with Nevada 2-1 last weekend after being defeated by CSU Bakersfield (7-6) last Tuesday. UCSB's offense is led by Brett Vertigan. The junior outfielder leads the team with 31 hits this season including six doubles, three triples and 12 RBI. Freshman lefty Andrew Vasquez has been their ace on the mound. He leads the team with a 1.46 ERA and has a 2-1 record after four starts.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
SHUT IT DOWN
Seniors Patrick Hutcheson and Kenneth Wise had big weekend's against San Francisco (March 8-11). The pair combined for 13 hits, five RBI, four runs, two doubles and two home runs. Hutcheson had multiple hits in three of the four games and Wise finished with a .786 slugging pct.
Junior Justin Haley
has been on fire on the mound and was named WAC Pitcher of the Week (March 12). The 6-5, 225-pound righty held San Francisco scoreless (March 8) for 7.0 innings in his first start of the season. He struck out a career-high nine batters, walking just two while averaging less than four batters faced per inning. He also shut down No. 1 Stanford (March 2) when he came in to relieve starter Tyler Linehan
. He gave up no runs, no hits and no walks after striking out three in 3.1 innings pitched. The performance earned him his first win of the season.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Frenso State is undefeated (3-0) under the Friday night lights at Beiden Field. Tyler Linehan defeated Butler (Feb. 17, 3-0) and San Francisco (March 9, 6-2). Justin Haley earned the 7-4 win over No. 1 Stanford (March 2), his first of the year. The 'Dogs are 2-1 in series openers this year.
IT'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL
With a 591-403-1 overall record, head coach Mike Batesole is just nine wins away from reaching 600 for his career, and will coach his 1,000th game Sunday, March 18 against CSU Bakersfield. He has amassed over 300 wins at Fresno State in nine seasons at the helm and is 169-102 overall in Western Athletic Conference play.
HOME SWEET HOME
Fresno State will play 36 games in Beiden Field this season, the most since 2007. The Bulldogs play host to 19 of their 20 games in March, starting with No. 1 Stanford (March 2) and ending with New Mexico (March 31). The 'Dogs played over 55 percent of their contests in 2011 at home and won 84 percent of them, boasting a 26-5 record, their best home record in over a decade.
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