UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The Gauchos have no plans on waiting another twelve years between NCAA Regional bids. UCSB went 35-25 last year and made their first postseason appearance since 2001.

UCSB returns almost all of their players from last year so expectations are sky high.

The Gauchos will get a great first test as they host #5 North Carolina State this Friday at 2 p.m. in their season-opener. The two teams play on Saturday and Sunday as well. The visiting Wolfpack made the College World Series last year.