UCSB Heads to UC Davis for a Showdown Between Two Big West Leaders
• The Schedule
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at La Rue Field
UC Santa Barbara (23-26, 8-4) vs. UC Davis (18-25, 8-4), 12 & 2 pm
All-time series record vs. Aggies: 17-5
Last time vs. UC Davis: W, 2-0 (May 14, 2011)
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at La Rue Field
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis, 12 pm
• This Week in Gaucho Softball
UC Santa Barbara enters this weekend in a four-way tie for first-place in the Big West Conference standings. The Gauchos, this week's opponent UC Davis, Pacific, and Long Beach State are deadlocked with 8-4 league marks. UCSB will play its three-game league series against UC Davis on Saturday and Sunday at La Rue Field as both teams battle to stay atop the conference leaderboard.
• Weekend Rewind
The Gauchos snapped a six-game losing streak to Pacific last weekend as UCSB captured a Big West series two games to one. Santa Barbara used an extra inning to defeat the Tigers, 2-1, in game one before falling, 6-2, in Saturday's second game. The Gauchos were on fire in the rubber game and posted their first mercy win of the season, 11-2. Nine of the Gauchos' season-high-tying 11 runs came in the third inning.
• For The Record
The Gauchos carry a 23-26 overall record into this weekend's series with the Aggies. UCSB extended its win streak to a season-best six games on Saturday before it was snapped in game two with the Tigers. UCSB has won nine of its 12 games during the month of April.
• A Little About The Aggies
UC Davis enters this weekend's series with an 18-25 overall record and an 8-4 Big West mark. The Aggies have posted series wins over UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly. Their lone series loss came to fellow first-place occupant Long Beach State. UC Davis has been led by pitcher Justine Vela, who has posted a 7-1 record in league games and a 0.40 ERA. UCSB has won its last three series against the Aggies, including a sweep of the 2011 series. Three of the last six games between the teams have extended into extra innings.
• Benefiting From Some Wisdom
There is no doubt that freshman pitcher Shelby Wisdom is having a huge rookie year. Last weekend, the hurler tied the UCSB record for single season pitcher's victories with her 18th. She is now in the elite company of Krista Cobb, Jennifer Davis and Sandy Ortigies and with nine more games on the Gauchos' slate this year, it is very likely that she will become the outright single season wins leader. Wisdom currently ranks 44th nationally in wins and is 30th in strikeouts. Her 192 strikeouts rank seventh in the UCSB single season records book. Among Big West players, she is currently first this season in innings pitched (210.2), strikeouts looking (52), appearances (41), wins and starts (28). She ranks second in strikeouts, fourth in ERA (2.56) and fifth in opponent's batting average (.257). In Big West games, Wisdom has posted an impressive 8-3 record – leading all league players in conference wins – and has compiled a 1.44 ERA. Her bat has also led the way as she has compiled a .385 average in Big West play to go along with a team-leading 10 hits, 11 RBI, .654 slugging percentage, and a .467 on-base percentage.
• DePompa And Circumstance
Senior Lainey DePompa is amidst the longest hitting streak of her career at 10 games and during that span, she has posted seven of her team-leading 20 RBI. The senior is currently batting .313 across Big West games, which is tied for second on the team with Keilani Jennings. For the season, she leads all conference players in chances (310), putouts (272) and runners caught stealing (16). Additionally, she is second in sacrifice flies (3), sixth in home runs (5) and ninth in total bases (55). She also leads the Gauchos in slugging (.417) and sacrifice hits (7).
• Moving On Up
Junior Keilani Jennings is making her mark in the UCSB career record book. She is eighth in doubles (28), tied for fifth in home runs (19) and has cracked the top-10 in RBI, now ranking 10th with 76. Jennings leads the Gauchos in doubles (9) and walks (23), ranking third in both categories in the Big West standings. The junior has reached first base safely in 18 of the last 20 games.
• Speedy Soria
Jessica Soria leads the Gauchos in hits (46), which ranks fourth 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, just one shy of moving into eighth. Soria has reached 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 .376 on-base percentage. The second baseman has reached safely in 19 of the last 20 games, a span in which she has tallied 12 hits and 17 of her 22 walks. She is tied for first on the team in runs (21) with Soria and tied for second in hits (36). Her 22 walks rank second among the Gauchos and fourth in the league.
• Mercy Me!
Sunday's 11-2 win marked the Gauchos' first mercy win of the season and the first since they defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 11-1, on April 13, 2011. UCSB's nine-run third inning was its first since a 2010 victory over Idaho State in which the Gauchos tallied nine runs in the first inning of an eventual 11-1 victory.
• 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 121-138 record for a .467 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982.
• 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. 92 among all NCAA Division I programs in the NCAA's Rating Percentage Index. UCSB has the second-best RPI in the Big West behind Pacific, which is ranked 87th.
• Next Up: The Final Homestand
Following this week's trip to UC Davis, the Gauchos will return home for their final 2012 series at Campus Diamond against Central Coast rival, Cal Poly. The May 5-6 series will be the last in Santa Barbara for seniors Lainey DePompa, Krista Cobb, Jenny Liepman, Brooke Putich and Allison Taylor. The group will be honored prior to Sunday's series closer.