Feb. 26, 2009
Games No. 16-18
at Roadrunner Softball Complex (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
UCSB at Cal State Bakersfield, 1 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, Mar. 1, 2009
UCSB at Cal State Bakersfield, 12 p.m.
The UC Santa Barbara softball team will take a break from tournaments this weekend when they head to Cal State Bakersfield for a three-game nonconference series against the Roadrunners. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single game at noon on Sunday at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
Last Time Out
UCSB had a solid showing at last week's Cathedral City Classic as the Gauchos went 4-2 at the four-day tournament. UCSB opened with a 4-3 win over N.C. State before falling 7-3 to Maryland on Thursday. The next evening, the Gauchos posted their largest margin of victory this season with a 10-1 win over Tennessee Tech. On Saturday, the Gauchos posted their second shutout of the season over Kansas before rounding out the tournament with a split on Sunday. UCSB defeated then-ranked No. 17 Nevada, 6-4, before dropping the tourney closer to Ohio State, 5-3.
For The Record
After three weeks of action, UCSB currently holds a 9-6 overall record. Four of the Gauchos' six losses have come to teams that were ranked at the time of the pairing or are now currently ranked in the NFCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll (Stanford, Washington, San Diego State and Ohio State).
For the second time this season, UCSB is listed among "others receiving votes" in the NFCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll. The Gauchos were also receiving votes in the Feb. 10 poll.
Ramos Named Big West Player of the Week
Senior Christine Ramos was named Big West Player of the Week after helping lead the Gauchos to a 4-2 record at the Cathedral City Classic. Ramos was the catalyst for a hot Gaucho offense. The senior recorded a hit in each of UCSB's six games, four of those being multi-hit outings. For the week, Ramos hit .455 (10-22), with three RBI, six runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases. Her hit parade also extended her hitting streak to nine games.
Cobb Named Big West Pitcher of the Week
Freshman Krista Cobb is proving to be an invaluable member of the Gaucho pitching staff in her first season, as she has now collected two conference Pitcher of the Week awards in three weeks. The freshman picked up three of UCSB's four wins at the Cathedral City Classic. Her first win came against N.C. State, an outing where she tossed five innings, allowing five hits, two runs (both unearned) and walked two. She also came up with a masterpiece against Kansas, shutting down the Jayhawks' offense to the tune of four hits over seven innings to go along with only one walk and seven strikeouts. Cobb also got the win over nationally-ranked Nevada in a relief role, allowing just on hit over 2.1 innings. For the week, Cobb went 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 16.2 innings. She allowed 11 hits, four runs, two earned runs, walked four and struck out eight.
Three weeks into the season, UCSB currently leads the Big West Conference in several statistical categories. The Gauchos rank first for runs (72), hits (116), RBI (65), home runs (10), total bases (159), walks (48) and stolen bases (16).
Countdown Till Campus Diamond
UCSB will play seven more games on the road - including three this weekend - before hosting its home opener against San Diego on Mar. 11 at Campus Diamond.
Senior second baseman Christine Ramos leads the Gauchos with her .426 batting average this season. She also leads the team with 10 runs, 23 hits and six stolen bases.
Ramos Record Watch
Christine Ramos continues to climb her way up the UCSB career top-10 lists. With her ten hits last week, she moved to the No. 2 spot on the all-time hits list, surpassing Mandy Edwards (1997-2000) with her 206 hits. Ramos is just two hits shy of tying Tonya Dias' (1997-2000) school record of 208 career hits. She currently ranks fourth for career runs (95) and has moved to the No. 4 spot on the career stolen bases list (42). Additionally, she ranks first for career batting with a .353 average.
The Wright Stuff
Ramos is not the only Gaucho making her mark on the UCSB record books this season, senior Tiffany Wright is also climbing her way up the Gaucho all-time rankings. She ranks eighth for career hits (155) and is three shy of the No. 8 spot, currently held by Stacy Atwood (1993-96) at 158 hits. She moved into third last weekend on the career RBI list with 96 total and ranks fifth behind Ramos on the runs scored list (89). During the first game of the weekend against N.C. State, Wright hit her 24th career home run, setting a new UCSB home run record.
Now That's Efficient!
Tiffany Wright had multiple RBI's in three games last week, including three in the 4-0 shutout over Kansas. She is currently tied second on the team with 10 RBI this season - eight of which were at last week's tourney - impressive considering she has posted 11 total hits on the year.
No Sophomore Slump Here
Speaking of RBI's, sophomore Jessica Beristianos currently leads UCSB and the Big West with her 14 this season. She also leads the conference with 29 total bases and is tops amongst the Gauchos with seven extra-base hits (four doubles, three home runs). She is fourth on the team with her .348 average and is third with 16 hits.
Junior first baseman Jessica Ziegler, who bats in the number two spot behind Ramos, is second on the team behind the leadoff hitter for runs (9), hits (19) and stolen bases (3). She is currently batting .352 and posted a .381 average over last week's games. She also leads the squad with 109 putouts and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
The Injury Report
With freshman shortstop Keilani Jennings out indefinitely due to a leg injury and junior right fielder Priscilla Perez out temporarily due to a shoulder injury, Jessica Beristianos has made the move from third base back to shortstop (where she started every game as a freshman). Freshman Amanda Ziegler got the starting nod at third during all of last weekend's games and senior Jackie Conlin played right field all weekend and tallied four hits, three runs, three RBI and a walk.
Current Big West Pitcher of the Week, Krista Cobb leads the Gaucho pitching staff with her 1.67 ERA and 27 strikeouts. She has posted a 5-2 record and has made 10 appearances. She leads the conference in both wins and appearances.
As a staff, the Gauchos currently hold a 3.07 ERA, ranking third amongst Big West teams. Junior MeLinda Matsumoto has seen the most time in the circle - behind Cobb - with seven appearances and 28.1 innings pitched. While Cobb picked up three of the Gauchos' wins last weekend, it was junior Lindsey Correa who got the fourth over Tennessee Tech. She pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits with a career-high nine strikeouts.
Cal State Bakersfield enters this weekend with a 6-6 overall record and a 2-2 mark at home. Danielle Lyman leads the team with her .548 average and three home runs. Teammate Jaimey Kleinsmith leads the squad with 13 RBI. In the circle, Brittany Johnson (2-3) leads the squad with her 3.95 ERA in 39 innings and her 19 strikeouts while Katie Chavez (3-2) has posted a 4.29 ERA along with 19 K's. The Gauchos own a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Roadrunners. During their last meeting, UCSB swept a doubleheader by way of 7-0 and 4-1 scores at Campus Diamond on Mar. 26, 2008.
In the 2009 Big West Coaches Preseason Poll, the Gauchos were picked to finish third - tied with Cal Poly - out of the conference's eight teams. UCSB picked up one first-place vote while Long Beach State received the other seven. Cal State Fullerton was picked to finish second. The poll, however, isn't always the best indicator of how a season will end up. In 2008, UCSB was picked seventh in the preseason poll before taking second in conference. The Gauchos will open their 2009 Big West schedule on Mar. 28 against UC Riverside at home.
For a chance to catch all of the Gauchos' games at Campus Diamond this season, the UCSB Athletics Department is, for the first-time, offering season tickets. Ticket prices are $50 for adults, $40 seniors (55 and over) and $24 youth (13 and under) and include all 16 home contests. With the purchase of a season ticket, you will also receive a free UCSB visor. Call (805) 893-UCSB or click here to purchase tickets.
UCSB Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month as part of one of two recently created programs aimed at providing an outstanding all-around experience for Gaucho student-athletes and to reach out to the campus and Santa Barbara community. The promotion of black history falls under the "BE Great" life skills program, which was recently unveiled by Director of Athletics Mark Massari and Executive Associate Athletics Director Diane O'Brien. For more information on the BE Great life skills program, click here.
On The Horizon
The Gauchos will be back on the tournament circuit next weekend when they head to Sin City for the UNLV Invite. The Gauchos will face host UNLV twice and take on Notre Dame and Texas Tech during the two-day tourney running Friday, Mar. 6 thru Saturday, Mar. 7.