Gauchos Head to Sac State for Season Opening Series, Host Cal in Monday Night Home Opener

Rodney Boone
Rodney Boone

The Schedule
Sacramento State
Friday, February 14 at 5 p.m. at John Smith Field
Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at John Smith Field
Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at John Smith Field
All-time record vs. the Hornets: 31-25-2

Cal
Monday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
All-time record vs. the Golden Bears: 10-17-1

Projected Starting Pitchers vs Sac State
Friday Game 1: LHP Rodney Boone vs RHP Parker Brahms
Saturday Game 2: LHP Zachary Torra vs RHP Scott Randall
Sunday Game 3: RHP Michael McGreevy vs RHP Travis Adams 

Gauchos on the Air
All three games at John Smith Field in our state's capital will be live streamed courtesy of WAC Digital Network. In addition Kevin Cannon, the program's Assistant Director of Operations, will be providing an audio only broadcast for all three matchups.

When the Gauchos take Caesar Uyesaka Stadium for Monday's home opener against Cal, you can catch all the action on BigWest.TV as Gerry Fall will be joined on the stream by all-time winningest UCSB Baseball coach Bob Brontsema.

Regional Rematch
The last game the Gauchos played took place on June 1st in the NCAA Regional hosted by Stanford. It saw UCSB matched up with the very same Sac State Hornets that it will see three times to open up the 2020 season. The Hornets took an early 4-0 lead that the Gauchos answered with four runs of their own, but Sacramento State would get two more in the bottom of the 8th to take it 6-4. 

Opening Day
UCSB is 5-3 on Opening Day under head coach Andrew Checketts, including taking five of its last six. Last season, the Gauchos began their historical 2019 campaign with a 7-2 win over Loyola Marymount.

Sliding into Home
The Gauchos have a very favorable schedule this year that features 31 games held at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. This includes a seven-game home stint from March 10th, to March 22nd. In all the UCSB will play 12 of its 16 March matchups at home.

Let There Be Light
Monday's home opener with the Golden Bears will be the debut of the new stadium lights installed at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium this past summer, and the first ever night game hosted at UCSB. The Gauchos have scheduled a total of 23 night games this season on their home turf.

Big West Preseason Poll
Despite losing several key players to the MLB after a historical 2019 season, the Gauchos were still tabbed to finish in the top half of the conference in the 2020 Big West Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. UCSB came in at 4th place in the nine-team conference collecting 55 points and one first-place vote.

Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
UCSB came in as the 27th ranked team in the 2020 Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Pre-Season Poll, announced in December of 2019. They trailed only 26th ranked Cal State Fullerton making the Gauchos the second-highest ranked Big West team.

Pitching Pair Garners Preseason All-American Status
Sophomore southpaw Rodney Boone and sophomore right-hander Michael McGreevy were named to the 2020 Preseason All-American Third Team by Collegiate Baseball, announced in December of 2019. 

Boone, the reigning Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, figures to be the ace of the staff as a sophomore following an exceptional debut campaign that saw the lefty go 8-0 in 14 starts with a 2.78 ERA as the Sunday starter. With 80 strikeouts in 81.0 innings pitched, the Orange, Calif. native held hitters to a .204 batting average and earned a host of postseason accolades. In addition to being a Second Team All-Big West selection, Boone was selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and Baseball America.

Following suit with a bevy of postseason accolades after a fantastic freshman campaign was sophomore McGreevy, who joins Boone as a Third Team Preseason All-American. The First Team All-Big West selection and Freshman All-American was one of the most reliable arms in the bullpen for UCSB, making a team-high 29 appearances while leading the Gauchos with a 1.94 ERA. Batters hit just .234 against him and he recorded 53 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched, picking up six saves along the way with a 5-1 record.