On 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.
Last 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).
SANTA 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.
UC 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.
Last 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.
DAVIS, 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.
In 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.
Last 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.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kristen Clark was named a Top 25 Finalist for the National Freshman of the Year award it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. She is the first ever Gaucho to capture this honor.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kathryn Pilpil was named the Big West Field Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos with a .600 batting average, five runs, and three RBI in the team’s sweep of Cal State Northridge.
UC 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.
Last 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.
After 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.
Last 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.
FULLERTON, 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.
In 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.