UCSB Looks to Climb Big West Standings at Northridge
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12 & 2 p.m. (DH)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge
All-time record vs. Matadors: 29-49-1
Last Game: W, 6-5 (Apr. 28, 2013)
Last Series: W, 2-1 at UCSB (Apr. 27-28, 2013)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Northridge
Week in Review
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.
Kristen Clark is putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Gaucho. She is leading the league with both a .431 batting average and 62 hits. Her batting average is well above the current program's single season record of .417. With 15 games remaining in the regular season, the freshman is also on pace to collect 85 hits, which would shatter UCSB's standing single-season hits record (75). Both of the records are currently owned by UCSB assistant coach Christine Ramos.
W for Wisdom
With 11 wins under her belt, Shelby Wisdom has collected double-digit wins for the third consecutive season. Highlighted by her record setting 24-win season as a freshman, Wisdom's career total of 51 victories places her third in program history. At her current pace, Wisdom is poised to pick up 16 wins.
After suffering its worst loss to Cal Poly 14-1 in the series opener, UCSB bounced back with a pair of wins to take the series and move into fourth place. Wisdom led the way by giving up just one earned run after going the distance in both games. Offensively, the Gauchos relied on their small ball in finding the scoreboard. In fact, the team exclusively hit singles in games two and three, while also drawing six walks.
Walk This Way
Through its first two series of conference play, UCSB has drawn the second most walks in the Big West with 27, which trails Long Beach State by just two. Emily Brucelas is the league leader in walks during conference play with seven.
No Base for You!
In dealing 136 strikeouts along with the second fewest walks (85), UCSB owns the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.6) in the league.
The Gauchos have collectively clubbed 20 home runs this season with four players leading the roster with four homers each (Boser, Brucelas, Cavazos, Wisdom).
The Gauchos have looked young this season as three true freshman (Brucelas, Cavazos, and Clark) have secured starting roles. Along with her team leading walks in conference, Brucelas is fourth on UCSB with 43 total bases. While also the team's starting center fielder, Cavazos is fourth on the club with 16 runs. Clark tops UCSB with a .537 slugging percentage.
Slapping Them Silly
Kristen Clark has emerged as one of the Big West's top hitters after a strong start to her freshman campaign. She leads the league with a .431 batting average and 62 hits. Most of her hits are singles, but she is also tied for third in the conference with four triples. The freshman's hit total makes up over 21 percent of all UCSB's hits this season. The closest Gaucho to that mark is Kathryn Pilpil whose 32 knocks make up 11 percent of the team's hits.
Pitcher Shelby Wisdom and catcher MeShalon Moore have been the most common batterymates this year for the Gauchos and they have also brought some power to the team's lineup. Moore, who primarily bats cleanup, currently leads the team with nine doubles, which is also tied for the conference lead. Typically batting third, Wisdom leads the Gauchos with 23 RBI and is tied for first with four home runs.
Santa Barbara Swipers
The Gauchos are third in the league with 38 stolen bases, primarily thanks to their two freshman outfielders. Kristen Clark (24) ranks second in the Big West in swipes, while Stacy Cavazos (nine) is sixth. UCSB players have only been caught stealing 10 times this season out of 48 attempts which equates to a 79 percent success rate.
UCSB has shown a knack for triples this season, having already racked up a league leading 10. Aside from Kristen Clark's club-leading four triples, six other Gauchos have all also recorded one each. Trailing UCSB in the conference are Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge with nine triples, while Long Beach State and Cal Poly both have eight.
At the Plate
UCSB's offense has had a solid start to the season with a collective .286 batting average (fifth in league) and a .408 slugging percentage (fourth). With Kristen Clark leading with a .433 BA, two Gaucho starters (Palomares) are batting over .400 this season.