April 12, 2012

UCSB Returns to the Road to Face Riverside

April 14 Weekly Release

• The Schedule
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Amy S. Harrison Field
UC Santa Barbara (18-25, 3-3) at UC Riverside (18-20, 1-5), 1 & 3 pm
All-time series record vs. Highlanders: 34-4
Last time vs. Riverside: L, 11-8 (April 17, 2011)
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside, 12 pm 
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• This Week in Gaucho Softball
Coming off of a doubleheader sweep of Cal State Bakersfield in its final non-conference games of the 2012 regular season, UC Santa Barbara resumes Big West Conference play this weekend at UC Riverside. The teams will play in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday (game time moved back from original noon start) and the three-game series will wrap-up with a single game on Sunday at noon.

• Weekend Rewind
The Gauchos played their first Big West road series last weekend against Cal State Fullerton. The Titans captured the series win after topping the Gauchos, 2-1, in game one and then 5-4 in Sunday's rubber game. The Gauchos won game two, 5-4. The last time UCSB played in a conference series in which all three games were decided by one run was during its 2007 series against Cal Poly. 

• Handling The Highlanders
UC Riverside has posted an 18-20 overall record and is 1-5 in league play. The Highlanders were swept last weekend by Pacific and went 1-2 the previous weekend against UC Davis. UC Riverside has only won one series against the Gauchos – in 2010 – and has never swept them. UCSB won last year's series two games to one.

• Taking On The Best
The Gauchos have played 11 games against teams in the ESPN.com/USA 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 games. The tough schedule is reflected in the Gauchos' ranking as No. 105 among all NCAA Division I programs in the NCAA's Rating Percentage Index. 

• The Wild, Wild (Big) West
After two weeks of league play, UCSB currently is in fifth place in the Big West standings. UC Davis leads the conference with its 5-1 mark and Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and Pacific are tied for second at 4-2. The Gauchos are alone in fifth at an even 3-3. Cal State Northridge follows at 2-4 and Cal Poly and UC Riverside bring up the rear at 1-5. Five conference series remain (15 games) on the 2012 slate.  

• Some Much Needed Wisdom
Freshman pitcher Shelby Wisdom has had a great start to Big West play. She has posted a 0.92 ERA in league games and a 3-2 record. For the season, she leads the league in innings pitched (170.2), strikeouts looking (39), wins (13), appearances (35) and games started (22). She is third among Big West players in ERA (2.71) and fifth with an opponent batting average of .256. Her 158 strikeouts already rank as the most in a single season by a Gaucho since 2007 when Jennifer Davis had 216. She currently holds a record of 13-12 and combined with Andriana Collins, she has helped lead the Gauchos to a conference best 0.88 ERA in Big West games.  

• Speedy Soria
Junior Jessica Soria extended her hitting streak to a season-best 11 games in the second contest against Fullerton before it was snapped in Sunday's series finale. The junior has reached base safely in 13 of the last 14 games. She leads the Big West in stolen bases (17) and is fourth in hits (41).  

• Hitting Her Stride
Wisdom is not the only freshman that is tearing it up in league play. Jenessa Jeppesen currently leads the team in Big West games with her .313 batting average, five hits, two home runs, five RBI and 11 total bases. 

• Moving On Up 
Junior Keilani Jennings is making her mark in the UCSB career record book. She is eighth in doubles (27), seventh in home runs (18) and has cracked the top-10 in RBI, now ranking 10th with 71. Jennings leads the Gauchos in doubles (8), RBI (14), walks (21) and is tied with Soria for the team lead in total bases (43). The junior has drawn at least one walk in eight of the last 10 games and has reached first base safely in 13 of the last 14 games. 

• DePompa And Circumstance
Senior Lainey DePompa is amidst her second four-game hitting streak of the season. The catcher leads the Gauchos and is sixth in the Big West with six sacrifice bunts. Additionally, she leads the conference in chances (268), putouts (235) and runners caught stealing (14). 

• Take A Pilpil
Sophomore Kathryn Pilpil has been extremely effective at getting on-base. The second baseman has reached safely in 12 of the last 14 games, a span in which she has tallied eight hits and 13 of her 18 walks. She is second on the team in hits (32) and walks (18) and third in runs (16) and batting (.276). 

• Catching Fire
Senior Brooke Putich broke a seven-game slump on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with two RBI against the Titans. Her hot hitting continued on Tuesday during the twin bill with Bakersfield. For the day, she was 4-for-7 with a run, a triple and two RBI. Putich has had five games this season with two hits, including the last three. 

• 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 116-137 record for a .459 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982. 

• Next Up: Taking On The Tigers
UCSB will return home next weekend to face Pacific in a Big West Conference series at Campus Diamond. The three-game series will open with a noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 and conclude with a noon game on Sunday. To purchase tickets, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or buy online here