Clark Makes History with All-Region SelectionSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kristen Clark continues to reel in postseason hardware, as the freshman was named All-Pacific Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.
Gauchos Split Doubleheader, Wisdom Sets All-Time Wins RecordOn an eventful day at Campus Diamond, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State split the doubleheader setting up a showdown for the Big West title on Saturday afternoon. For UCSB they will be playing for the chance at their first ever title. Shelby Wisdom picked up a win in the second game of the day, giving her 63 for her career breaking the Gauchos all-time record.
UCSB's Kind of WisdomBrie Galicinao claims that when she first saw a pink-haired sophomore at Elk Grove High School, she knew she needed her on the roster.
UCSB Takes On Long Beach State for Big West CrownLast weekend, UCSB pulled off a sweep at UC Riverside and tied Long Beach State for first place in the Big West with a 13-5 record. The Gauchos made it look easy against the Highlanders, as Shelby Wisdom limited them to just four runs through the series, highlighted by a 3-0 shutout in game two. Offensively, UCSB saw three of its players hit .600 or better over the weekend, as Kathryn Pilpil led the team with a .625 mark (M. Moore, Wisdom both hit .600).
Moore and Wisdom Pick Up Player of the Week AwardsSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara’s battery combination of pitcher Shelby Wisdom and catcher MeShalon Moore each picked up weekly awards on Monday after a dominant 3-0 sweep at UC Riverside. Wisdom was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Player of the Week, while Moore was selected as the Big West Field Player of the Week.
Gauchos Top Hawai'i 6-4, Clark Breaks Single Season Hits RecordUC Santa Barbara picked up their 30th win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Hawai'i in what was a historic game for freshman left fielder Kristen Clark. Coming into the game with 72 hits on the season, Clark would need four hits to pass current UCSB assistant coach Christine Ramos record of 75. Sure enough, Clark went 4-for-4 and her RBI single in the sixth inning gave her the record with hit number 76.
UCSB Returns Home to Host Hawai’iLast week, UCSB won its third consecutive conference series and second as the road team. After UC Davis dealt the Gauchos a decisive 5-2 loss in game one, UCSB responded with consecutive wins behind two outstanding pitching performances from Shelby Wisdom. The junior allowed just two earned runs in the second game and tossed a four-hit shutout in Saturday’s rubber game. Freshman Stacy Cavazos scored the game winning run to clinch the series, as Arianna Palomares drove her in on a sacrifice fly.
Palomares's Sacrifice Fly Lifts UCSB Over Davis 1-0DAVIS, Calif. – Arianna Palomares’s sixth inning sacrifice fly was all UC Santa Barbara needed to clinch the series victory at UC Davis. The 1-0 game featured a pitcher’s duel between Shelby Wisdom and Dana Cruse who both put in complete game efforts.
Gauchos Split Opener at UC DavisIn the first game of a three game series at Big West foe UC Davis (15-25), UC Santa Barbara (26-17) was unable to produce much offensively, missing numerous scoring chances while falling 5-2. The loss ended a five game winning streak for the Gauchos, all in conference play.
UCSB Takes Five Game Winning Streak to DavisLast week, UCSB made a jump in the conference standings after pulling off a series sweep at Cal State Northridge. Now with a 6-3 record, UCSB broke out of a three-way tie for fourth place last week and has elevated to the number two spot, as Long Beach State reamins atop the Big West at 9-0. The Gauchos have now taken four straight series victories from CSUN with two sweeps. UCSB has picked up five straight wins.
Gauchos Complete Series Sweep of MatadorsUC Santa Barbara took care of business for the third straight game against Cal Stat Northridge, defeating them 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Gauchos improve their overall record to 26-16 and 6-3 in conference play.
UCSB Looks to Climb Big West Standings at NorthridgeLast week, UCSB wrapped up its nonconference schedule with visits to No. 3 Oregon and Oregon State. The Gauchos dropped all three contests and were dealt a 14-1 loss in their conference home opener against Cal Poly, but the team bounced back with back-to-back wins to end the weekend. In clinching the series victory over the Mustangs, UCSB looked to Shelby Wisdom in the circle who allowed Cal Poly just one run in the final two games. With a 3-3 Big West record, the Gauchos find themselves in a three-way tie for fourth place with Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly.
Gauchos Come Up Empty in Doubleheader Against OregonAfter kicking off Big West play this past weekend, UC Santa Barbara (21-13) fell in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader at No. 16 Oregon (31-4), losing 2-1 in extra innings. After the best start in school history, the Gauchos have now lost six of their last seven games.
UCSB Makes Oregon Road Swing, Hosts Cal Poly in Big West Home OpenerLast week, UCSB faced a loaded slate of road games with No. 1 UCLA and Cal State Fullerton in its Big West opening series. The Bruins downed the Gauchos convincinlgy in both games of their doubleheader as UCSB was held to a combined two runs. Against the Titans, Santa Barbara took the series opener with a 6-1 victory, but Fullerton took the series in winning the following two games. The Gauchos are now tied for fifth in the conference with Cal State Northridge.
UCSB Fall Short in High Scoring Bout with FullertonFULLERTON, Calif. – In a game that featured 18 runs and three grand slams, UC Santa Barbara fell short in the series rubber game with Cal State Fullerton, as the Titans outpaced the Gauchos on offense with an 11-7 victory. It was the highest scoring game the Gauchos have played in this season.
Gauchos Split First Conference Games with FullertonIn their first two Big West conference games of the season, UC Santa Barbara (21-11) split their doubleheader against Cal State Fullerton (20-13-1), winning the first game 6-1 and falling in the second 10-0 in five innings.
UCSB Faces UCLA, Opens Big West Play at FullertonIn their final tournament of the season, the Gauchos finished with a 2-2 record over the weekend at the University of San Diego. UCSB swept the first day of the tournament with a pair of one-run victories against San Jose State and the Toreros. However, both teams evened the score on Sunday to put UCSB on a season-high two-game losing streak. Despite the losses, the Gauchos are still off to one of their best starts in program history at 20-8. The last time the team had as good a record through its first 28 games was in 2007, which was the last time UCSB competed in an NCAA Regional.
UCSB Drops Final Two Games of USD Tournament IISAN DIEGO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara drops both games in the final day of the USD Tournament II with losses to San Jose State and host San Diego. Despite Sunday’s games, the Gauchos are off to one of their best starts in program history at 20-8. The team had an identical record through its first 28 games of the 2007 season, which was also the last time the Gauchos competed in an NCAA Regional.
Gauchos Open USD Tournament II With Two VictoriesUC Santa Barbara (19-6) made use of another dominant pitching performance by Shelby Wisdom and a two run bomb by Emily Brucelas to defeat USD (14-13) by a score of 2-1 in the first game of the USD Tournament II. The Gauchos have now won eight of their last nine games.
UCSB Heads to San Diego for USD Tournament IILast week, UCSB wrapped up its nonconference home schedule with the Gaucho Classic II. Santa Barbara outscored its first three opponents 27-5 and mercy ruled both Utah State and Portland State. Kathryn Pilpil led the Gauchos with both a .545 batting average and six runs. Behind her first triple of the season, Pilipil also led the team with a .909 slugging percentage.
Gauchos Fail to Sweep Gaucho Classic, Fall to DartmouthSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On the final day of the second Gaucho Classic, UC Santa Barbara (18-6) came up short for the first time in their last eight games, losing to Dartmouth (6-8) 9-2. The Gauchos had won their previous three games in the Classic.
UCSB Returns Home to Host Gaucho Classic IILast week, the Gauchos swept the competition at the Nevada Classic in picking up four wins. The Gauchos downed Nevada twice and scored 15 runs against the host team over the weekend., including a season-high nine-run performance in their second meeting. Against the Red Hawks, UCSB pulled off a pair of narrow two-run victories behind great starts in the circle from Andriana Collins. Santa Barbara has now won six of its past seven games.