Gauchos Set to Battle League-Leader Pacific

Allison Taylor (By Tony Mastres)

April 21 Weekly Release

• The Schedule

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Campus Diamond
UC Santa Barbara (21-25, 6-3) vs. Pacific (28-14, 7-2), 12 & 2 pm
All-time series record vs. Tigers: 38-64
Last time vs. Pacific: L, 9-2 (May 7, 2011)
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
UC Santa Barbara at Pacific, 12 pm
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• This Week in Gaucho Softball
UC Santa Barbara will look to extend its five-game winning streak this weekend as it returns to the friendly confines of Campus Diamond to host Pacific in a Big West Conference series. The Tigers currently lead the league with their 7-2 record while UCSB, Long Beach State and UC Davis are all currently tied for second with 6-3 marks.  

• Weekend Rewind
The Gauchos are coming off of a three-game sweep of UC Riverside last weekend. The sweep is UCSB's first this season and marked the Gauchos second Big West series win. UCSB won game one, 11-1, marking a season-high in runs. The Gauchos then went on to capture game two, 6-3, and game three, 3-1. 

• For The Record
UCSB carries a 21-25 overall record into this weekend's games. The Gauchos have won five straight, tying their previous season-best win streak, which ran from February 23-26. UCSB has posted an 11-5 record within the friendly confines of Campus Diamond this year and has won its last three home games.  

• Pouncing On Pacific
Pacific enters this weekend with a 28-14 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the Big West. The Tigers have swept their last two conference series against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, respectively. Pacific has won its last six games against the Gauchos, sweeping both the 2010 and 2011 series. UCSB won the series in 2009, 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. 98 among all NCAA Division I programs in the NCAA's Rating Percentage Index. 

• Wisdom Garners Weekly Honors After Five Wins
Freshman pitcher Shelby Wisdom garnered Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week and College Sport Madness Softball Big West Player of the Week honors after an outstanding week in the circle for the Gauchos. The Elk Grove, Calif. native led UCSB to five consecutive wins last week, including a doubleheader sweep of Cal State Bakersfield and a conference series sweep of UC Riverside. Wisdom tossed a total of 28 innings during the week and three complete games. She compiled a 1.00 ERA across her five games, allowed just five runs (four earned) on 18 hits, and struck out 33 batters. The five-game winning streak is her longest of the season. At the plate, Wisdom batted .333 with a team-best five runs coupled with four RBI. She posted a career-best three hits in the opener against the Highlanders to go along with three RBI and a home run. 

• Gaining A Little More Wisdom
Wisdom carries a 16-12 record into this weekend and is just two wins shy of tying the school record for single season pitcher victories. Her 183 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 (190.2), strikeouts, strikeouts looking (49), wins, appearances (38) and starts (25). She is third in season ERA (2.53) and is second with her 0.97 ERA in Big West games. 

• DePompa And Circumstance
Senior Lainey DePompa is amidst the longest hitting streak of her career at seven games. During last week's five games, she led the Gauchos. DePompa had a team-best six hits, 10 total bases and four RBI. She was the only Gaucho to register a hit in every game and she drove in the game-winning run against Bakersfield in game one. Her home run in the series finale against the Highlanders proved to be the game-winning run. She currently leads the team with five home runs, which ranks  fifth among league leaders. DePompa leads the conference in chances (295) and putouts (261).  

• Speedy Soria
Jessica Soria leads the Gauchos in hits (45), which ranks third in the Big West. The quick outfielder is tops among all conference players with 18 stolen bases, which ranks her ninth on the UCSB single season list. Soria has reached base safely in 16 of the last 17 games.  

• 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 72. Jennings leads the Gauchos in doubles (8) and walks (23), which is third in league. The junior has drawn at least one walk in nine of the last 13 games and has reached first base safely in 16 of the last 17 games. 

• Take A Pilpil
Sophomore Kathryn Pilpil has been extremely effective at getting on-base, posting a team-leading .374 on-base percentage. The second baseman has reached safely in 16 of the last 17 games, a span in which she has tallied 11 hits and 15 of her 20 walks. She is tied for first on the team in runs (19) with Soria and is second on the team in hits (35) and walks.

• Catching Fire
Senior Brooke Putich put together a four-game streak in which she tallied two hits per game. It was snapped in game two against UC Riverside. During the final two games of the series, she walked three times, posted an RBI, a stolen base and scored a run. 

• 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 119-137 record for a .464 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982. 

• Next Up: Taking On The Tigers
After this weekend's series, UCSB will travel to UC Davis the weekend of April 28-29 to face the Aggies in a three-game series. The series is slated for a noon start on Saturday. The Gauchos will play their final home series the following weekend – May 5-6 – against rival Cal Poly. 

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