UCSB Hosts UCLA in Home Opener Then Travels to San Diego

UCSB Hosts UCLA in Home Opener Then Travels to San Diego

Feb. 16, 2010

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• The Schedule
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at Campus Diamond
#4 UCLA (3-1) at UC Santa Barbara (4-1), 1 & 3 p.m.
Series record vs. Bruins: 4-52
Last time vs. Bruins: W, 7-2 (Mar. 24, 2009)
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20th Annual Campbell-Cartier Classic
Thursday, February 18, 2010
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego State (5-1), 7 p.m.
Series record vs. Aztecs: 26-24
Last time vs. Aztecs: L, 5-1 (Feb. 14, 2009)

Friday, February 19, 2010
UC Santa Barbara vs. #1 Washington (5-0), 11:30 a.m.
Series record vs. Huskies: 0-4
Last time out vs. Huskies: L, 3-0 (Feb. 13, 2009)

UC Santa Barbara vs. Penn State (3-2), 4:30 p.m.
Series record vs. Nitany Lions: 2-1
Last time out vs. Nitany Lions: L, 2-1 (Mar. 8, 2006)

Saturday, February 20, 2010
UC Santa Barbara vs. Utah State (4-1), 9 a.m.
Series record vs. Aggies: 25-33
Last time out vs. Aggies: L, 6-5 (Feb. 13, 2009)

UC Santa Barbara vs. Western Kentucky (1-2), 11:30 a.m.
Series record vs. Hilltoppers: First meeting

• Home Sweet Home
UCSB will play its 2010 home opener on Wednesday when it hosts No. 4 UCLA in a doubleheader at Campus Diamond. The Gauchos split a non-conference doubleheader with the Bruins in the team's last meeting on Mar. 24, 2009. UCLA posted an 8-0 six-inning mercy win over the Gauchos before UCSB bounced back and won the second game, 7-2.

• Tourney Time
The Gauchos' homestand will be short lived. UCSB will hit the road on Thursday to play in the Campbell-Cartier Classic at San Diego State. The Gauchos play the host Aztecs before taking on No. 1 Washington, Penn State, Utah State and Western Kentucky.

• For The Record
UCSB jumped out to a 4-1 start after last weekend's Red Desert Classic, matching its mark through the first five games of the 2009 season. UCSB tied for third at the tournament with Utah, which also posted a 4-1 tourney mark. BYU and Utah State tied for first after posting perfect 5-0 records.

• Coach's Corner
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her third season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, recorded her 60th win on Saturday as the Gauchos defeated Utah Valley. Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 60-50 cumulative record for a .545 winning percentage, the best by a UCSB coach since the softball program went Division I in 1982. Galicinao has coached three players to All-Region honors, two players to Big West Field Player of the Year accolades, one Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and 12 All-Big West Conference selections. In 2008, Galicinao was named the Big West Co-Coach of the Year after her first season leading the Gauchos.

• I'm Lovin' It
Freshman Kelly McDonald started her collegiate career with a bang last Thursday hitting the game-winning grand slam in the 6-4 comeback victory over Northern Colorado. During the weekend she posted a .412 batting average and led the team with seven hits, six RBI and 10 total bases. The designated hitter also tallied two runs and a stolen base. She currently ranks second for hits and RBI, fourth for total bases and eighth for slugging percentage (.588) among Big West players.

• The Basepath Bandit
Senior Jessica Ziegler cracked the UCSB top-10 list for career stolen bases over the weekend. The infielder went 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts bringing her career total to 32, ranking 10th all time and just two away from tying ninth-ranked Davis Beck (2001-04). Ziegler also moved up to seventh on the career runs list after scoring four, which brings her total to 79. She needs just five more runs to match sixth-ranked Brittany Putich's (2004-07) career output.

• On The Verge
Junior Jessica Beristianos is just three RBI away from cracking the UCSB career top-10 list. The infielder has posted 57 during her career with the Gauchos.

• Best In The (Big) West
The Gauchos currently lead the Big West in two categories: stolen bases and fielding percentage. UCSB posted a .979 fielding percentage and committed just three errors over the weekend vs. six by its opposition. The Gauchos went 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts. If UCSB keeps up its blistering pace of 1.8 stolen bases per game, the Gauchos could match the school record of 91, set in 2003.

• Triple Threat
UCSB scored three runs in three of its games last weekend and is currently averaging 3.8 runs per game, just slightly under the team's 2009 average of 4.04 per game.

• Walk It Off
Two of the Gauchos' biggest bats - Keilani Jennings and Jessica Beristianos - weren't doing much swinging last weekend as the pair led UCSB for walks, accounting for 11 of the 18 earned by the team. Jennings leads the team with six while Beristianos drew five.

• In The Circle With Mel
Senior pitcher MeLinda Matsumoto has gotten off to a 2-0 start to the season after picking up wins over Tulsa and Utah Valley, already matching her number of victories from 2009. In her wins, she allowed just three earned runs on nine hits. She also struck out nine batters across 13.2 innings.

• C&C Strikeout Factory
Pitcher Lindsey Correa and Krista Cobb both also got the first wins of the season under their belts. Correa tossed a complete game against Maine and allowed just two earned runs on four hits. She walked three and struck out four on her way to the 3-2 victory. The senior currently leads the team with her 2.00 ERA and .174 opponent batting average. Cobb got the start in the season-opener against Northern Colorado and gave up four earned runs on eight hits. Her eight strikeouts in the complete game victory were just one shy of her career-best. The sophomore dropped to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss against BYU.

• Tackling The Top
The game with Washington is the Gauchos' first against a No. 1 team since Feb. 28, 2004 when they faced top-ranked UCLA. The highest ranked team UCSB has defeated in the past decade was then-ranked No. 2 Arizona State on Mar. 2, 2007 by way of an 8-7 score.

• Preseason Predictions
In the Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released last week, UCSB was picked to repeat as the conference's fourth place team this year. The Gauchos garnered 43 points in the poll, 13 points behind first-place Cal Poly. Long Beach State (51 points) and Cal State Fullerton (50 points) were ranked second and third, respectively. UCSB currently has the best record out of the seven conference teams that opened the season last week.

• Tweet, Tweet
Head coach Brie Galicinao is on Twitter. To get her insights and updates throughout the season (and the rest of the year), follow her here

• Gauchos.360
The Gaucho softball team has entered the blogsphere. Several members of the team are contributing regularly to "Gauchos.360" filling in UCSB fans on their student-athlete experience. To check it out, click here.

• Coming Soon to Campus Diamond
Following this weekend's tournament, UCSB will return to Campus Diamond on Feb. 25-28 to host the Gaucho Classic, a four-day tournament that consists of 13 games. Drexel, North Dakota State, Wisconsin, Memphis and UCSB make up the tournament field.

• Get Your Tickets
Tickets for all 21 of the Gauchos' home contests this season - including passes to the four-day Gaucho Classic being held Feb. 25-28 - are now available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.