Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1 & 3:30 p.m. (DH)
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
All-time record vs. Aggies: 20-7
Last Game: W, 1-0 (Apr. 14, 2013)
Last Series: W, 2-1 at UCSB (Apr. 13-14, 2013)
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
Week in Review
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.
Take a Pilpil
Kathryn Pilpil earned her first ever Big West Field Player of the Week award after leading the Gauchos in batting average (.600), runs (five), and RBI (three) this weekend. Showing off her power, Pilpil put up four doubles from her six hits. Leading up to last weekend, she only had two doubles on the year. She is now second on the team with 38 hits and a .297 batting average. It's the third time that UCSB has picked up a player of the week nod this season, as Kristen Clark was named Field Player of the Week, while Shelby Wisdom won the pitcher of the week.
We're Going Streaking!
The Gauchos are on a five-game win streak, which ended a 1-10 rut they previously found themselves in. Their current streak is also the team's longest in Big West play since 2012 when UCSB closed the regular season with seven straight wins.
Kristen Clark is putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Gaucho. She is leading the league with both a .429 batting average and 67 hits. Her batting average is well above the current program's single season record of .417. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the freshman is also on pace to collect 86 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 14 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 54 victories places her third in program history. At her current pace, Wisdom is poised to pick up 19 wins. Wisdom has pitched all 35 innings of UCSB's current five game winning streak.
Walk This Way
Through its first three series of conference play, UCSB has drawn the most walks in the Big West with 38. Emily Brucelas is tied for the league lead in conference walks with nine, while Shelby Wisdom is tied for third with seven.
Freshman of the Year
Kristen Clark has been named one of the Top 25 Finalists for the National Freshman of the Year award by National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Clark is one of three Big West players included on the list.
No Base for You!
In dealing 143 strikeouts along with the fewest walks (88), UCSB owns the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.6) in the league.
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 47 total bases. While also the team's starting center fielder, Cavazos is fifth on the club with 17 runs. Clark tops UCSB with a .519 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 .429 batting average and 67 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 38 knocks make up nearly 12-percent of the team's hits.
Pitcher Shelby Wisdom and catcher MeShalon Moore have been the most common battery-mates 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 ranks third in the conference. Typically batting third, Wisdom leads the Gauchos with 26 RBI and tops the club with five home runs.
Santa Barbara Swipers
The Gauchos are third in the league with 41 stolen bases, primarily thanks to their two freshman outfielders. Kristen Clark (25) 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 an 80 percent success rate.
UCSB has shown a knack for triples this season as it is second in the league with 11. Aside from Kristen Clark's club-leading four triples, six other Gauchos have all also recorded one each. Long Beach State currently leads the league with 11 triples, while Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge are tied for third with nine.