Gauchos Head to Fullerton as Big West Play Continues

Jessica Soria (Photo by Randall Lamb)
Jessica Soria (Photo by Randall Lamb)

April 5 Weekly Release

• The Schedule
Friday, April 6, 2012 at Anderson Family Field
UC Santa Barbara (15-23, 2-1) at Cal State Fullerton (14-17, 2-1), 4 & 6 pm
All-time series record vs. Titans: 10-96
Last time vs. Fullerton: L, 3-2 (April 2, 2011)
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Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Anderson Family Field
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton, 12 pm
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Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Campus Diamond
UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal State Bakersfield (8-26), 1:30 & 3:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Roadrunners: 17-9
Last time vs. Bakersfield: W, 11-1 (April 13, 2011)
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• This Week in Gaucho Softball
UC Santa Barbara will continue Big West Conference action this week when it travels to Cal State Fullerton for a three game series on Friday and Saturday. The Gauchos will return home for a doubleheader against Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, which will mark their final pair of nonconference games this season.

• Weekend Rewind
The Gauchos got out to a strong start in conference play as they won two of three games against visiting Long Beach State last weekend. After edging the 49ers, 5-4, in game one, the Gauchos fell, 3-0, in the second game. UCSB was able to come from behind in game three and seal the series victory with a 3-1 win. 

• Battling The Big West
Last weekend marked the first time since the 2009 season that the Gauchos opened Big West play with a series win and just the second series win against the 49ers for head coach Brie Galicinao, who is in her fifth year leading the program. After one week of league play, UCSB is in a four-way tie for first place with Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and Cal State Northridge. 

• Figuring Out Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton is coming off of a series win over Cal Poly. The team has gone 14-17 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Gauchos will be looking to secure their first series win against the Titans since 2008 and just their third all-time. UCSB has never swept a series against Fullerton. The Titans won last year's series two games to one and all three games were decided by just one run.

• Taking On The Best
The Gauchos have played 11 games against teams in the Softball and NFCA Top-25 polls and have played another four games against teams that were receiving votes at the time of the contest. UCSB has gone 2-9 in these contests. The tough schedule is reflected in the Gauchos' ranking as No. 101 among all NCAA Division I programs in the NCAA's Rating Percentage Index. 

• Some Much Needed Wisdom
Freshman pitcher Shelby Wisdom had an excellent week in the circle for the Gauchos. She appeared in five of UCSB's six games and recorded a 3-1 record with a 0.43 ERA. In the series against the 49ers, she pitched all but 1.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out 19. She posted a career-best 12 strikeouts in the series opener. She has improved to 10-10 on the year with a 3.01 ERA. Her 137 strikeouts already rank as the most in a single season by a Gaucho since 2007 when Jennifer Davis had 216. Wisdom leads all Big West pitchers in innings pitched (144.1), appearances (30) and batters struck out looking (36). She is second in strikeouts and wins. 

• Attack Of The Mak
Sophomore McKenzie Kane extended her hitting streak to a career-best 14 games before it was snapped in game two against the 49ers. The streak marked the longest by a Gaucho since current assistant coach Christine Ramos went 14 straight games with a hit in 2009. Kane leads the team with a .314 batting average and 16 runs scored. Her 32 hits rank ninth in the Big West. 

• Speedy Soria
While Kane's streak may have ended, junior Jessica Soria has extended her current hitting streak to nine games. This is her second nine-game streak this season. The center fielder leads the Gauchos with 38 hits, which ranks fourth in the league. She is also tops on the team, and in the league, with 16 stolen bases. 

• Moving On Up 
Junior Keilani Jennings is making her mark in the UCSB career record book. She is tied for eighth in doubles (26), tied for seventh in home runs (17) and needs two more RBI (68) to crack the top-10.  Jennings led the Gauchos during their conference-opening series, batting .500 (3-for-6) during the weekend. She also tallied a run and two walks. 

• The Galicinao File
Now in her fifth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, head coach Brie Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 113-135 record for a .456 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982. 

• Big Start To The Big West
As previously mentioned, Shelby Wisdom's pitching helped lead the Gauchos to last weekend's conference wins over Long Beach State. Wisdom and fellow hurler Andriana Collins teamed up to post a 0.67 ERA during the weekend, which topped all other league teams. Their two earned runs and five walks were also the fewest allowed. The stellar pitching compensated for a lackluster Gaucho offense, which posted a league-low .182 batting average, 12 hits and 15 total bases. UCSB did lead the league with 11 walks, five of which were earned by Kathryn Pilipil.

• Running Down The Roadrunners
Cal State Bakersfield will face Loyola Marymount in four games this weekend before traveling to Santa Barbara on Tuesday. The Roadrunners currently carry an 8-26 record. The Gauchos defeated the Roadrunners in a twin bill last year in Bakersfield

• Next Up: Handling The Highlanders
After Tuesday's brief return to Campus Diamond to host Cal State Bakersfield, the Gauchos will once again hit the road for Big West play. The weekend of April 14 and 15, UCSB will visit UC Riverside for a three-game set beginning on Saturday with a noon doubleheader.