Saturay, April 26, 2014 at 12 & 1 p.m. (DH)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Hawai'i
All-time record vs. Rainbow Wahine: 17-43
Last Game: L, 8-0 (5) (May 4, 2013)
Last Series: L, 1-2 at Hawai'i (May 3-4, 2013)
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 12 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Hawai'i
Week in Review
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.
At 8-4, UCSB sits in second place in the Big West, trailing Long Beach State (10-2) by two games. The Gauchos will finish the season by hosting the 49ers in a series that could decide the conference champion. UCSB is playing hot right now, winning seven of its past eight games, while LBSU is coming off its first series loss of the season to Cal State Fullerton after starting 9-0.
After missing 22 straight games due to injury, Arianna Palomares returned to the UCSB lineup last weekend at UC Davis. Though the sophomore did not get a hit in the series, she did come up with the series clinching sacrfice fly. Before her absence, the outfielder was the team's leading batter with a .419 batting average and also drew a then team-high 11 walks.
Walking the Walk
Through its first four series of conference play, UCSB has drawn the most walks in the Big West with 48. Emily Brucelas is tied for the league lead in conference walks with 11, while Shelby Wisdom (10) is tied for second. In conference play, the Gauchos have made a dramatic improvement in drawing walks. During its nonconference schedule, UCSB recorded walks in a league-low 6.9 percent of its at bats, while it has raised that mark to a Big West-leading 15.9 percent against conference opponents. That percentage places UCSB well above the conference average of 11.4 percent.
Kristen Clark is putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Gaucho. She is second in the league with both a .416 batting average and 69 hits. Her batting average is within striking distance of the program's current single season record of .417. With nine games remaining in the regular season, the freshman is also on pace to collect 82 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 16 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 20 wins and become the first Gaucho ever to record two 20+ win seasons. Wisdom has pitched all 56 innings during UCSB's current 7-1 stretch.
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 to be included on the list.
No Base for You!
In dealing 147 strikeouts along with the fewest walks (90), UCSB owns the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.6) in the league.
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 67 hits and is second with a .417 batting average. 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 20-percent of all UCSB's hits this season. The closest Gaucho to that mark is Kathryn Pilpil whose 40 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 42 stolen bases, primarily thanks to their two freshman outfielders. Kristen Clark (25) ranks second in the Big West in swipes, while Stacy Cavazos (10) is tied for fifth. UCSB players have only been caught stealing 10 times this season out of 52 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 10. 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.