UCSB Opens 2013 Home Slate with Gaucho Classic I

Keilani Jennings (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Keilani Jennings (Photo by Tony Mastres)

• The Schedule
Gaucho Classic I
Live Stats • Audio Broadcasts

Friday, February 15, 2013 at Campus Diamond
UC Santa Barbara (5-0) vs. No. 7/8 Missouri (0-0), 8:30 am
All-time series record vs. Tigers: 0-1
Last time vs. Tigers: L, 3-1 (Mar. 3, 2001)

UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego (1-1), 3 pm
All-time series record vs. Toreros: 11-5
Last time vs. Toreros: L, 5-1 (Feb. 26, 2012) 

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Campus Diamond
UC Santa Barbara vs. Fresno State (6-1), 9 am
All-time series record vs. Bulldogs: 12-55
Last time vs. Bulldogs: L, 2-1 (Mar. 27, 2012) 

UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 7/8 Missouri, 9 am

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Campus Diamond
UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego, 1 pm

• Gauchos Open At Home
After capturing the tournament title at the season-opening Mardi Gras Classic last weekend at Louisiana Monroe, UC Santa Barbara softball will open its 2013 home slate with the Gaucho Classic I this weekend at Campus Diamond. The three-day tournament features 10 games to be played between the Gauchos, No. 7/8 Missouri, Fresno State and San Diego.  

• For The Record
UCSB enters this weekend with a 5-0 record, marking its best start to a season since it went 6-0 in 2011.  

• We're Going Streaking
The Gauchos have won 12 consecutive games dating back to an April 29, 2012 road win at UC Davis. This win streak marks the longest in UCSB program history. 

• Wisdom Already Garnering Accolades
Just one week into the season, sophomore Shelby Wisdom is already racking up honors. The pitcher/utility player was named the Mardi Gras Classic MVP, garnered Big West Player of the Week accolades and was named College Sports Madness' Big West Softball Player of the Week. Wisdom hit safely in all five tournament games and batted .389 with three runs scored and seven RBI. She posted three multi-RBI games, including in Thursday's season-opening 6-0 win against Grambling State.  Wisdom went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and scored the game-winning run. The designated player returned on Friday to drive in two more runs in a 7-1 victory against Wichita State and a single run in a 6-1 triumph over Louisiana-Monroe.  Wisdom picked up a hit to start out play in Saturday's 5-0 shutout of Northwestern State and concluded the tournament with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in a pair of runs on her first homer of the year in a 6-3 win against Mississippi Valley State. Wisdom also excelled in the circle as UC Santa Barbara's ace pitcher. She threw 17.1 innings of scoreless ball, posting a 3-0 record with 20 strikeouts.

• The Galicinao File
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her sixth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, has coached the Gauchos to a 128-140 cumulative record for a .478 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982. Galicinao has coached three players to All-Region honors, two players to Big West Field Player of the Year accolades, two Big West Freshmen Pitchers of the Year and 27 All-Big West Conference selections. Last season, she was named the Big West Coach of the Year for the second time; she was named Co-Coach of the Year in 2008, her first season at the helm of the program.  

• Leading The Way
After one week of competition, the Gauchos are leading the Big West teams in a multitude of statistical categories. Offensively, UCSB leads the conference in runs (30), hits (50), RBI (24), triples (3), total bases (68), at-bats (139), sacrifice flies (3) and is tied for first in on-base percentage (.418). The Gauchos are second in batting (.361) and slugging percentage (.525).  

• Top-10 List 
While UCSB is leading the conference as a team, the Gauchos have multiple players scattered among the league's statistical top-10 lists. UCSB has at minimum three players ranked in batting average, slugging, on-base percentage, runs, hits, RBI, triples and total bases. Freshman Arianna Palomares leads the league with nine hits, Shelby Wisdom is tops with seven RBI and Keilani Jennings has a league-best 13 total bases to her name. 

• Hit Parade
Three Gauchos hit safely through last weekend's five season-opening games: Shelby Wisdom, Keilani Jennings and Lauren Boser. Wisdom extended her hit streak to 11 consecutive games dating back to last season while Jennings has had a hit in each of her last six appearances.