March 28, 2011

UCSB Slated For Seven Games in Seven Days

March 28, 2011

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara (12-14) at No. 7/13 UCLA (21-5)
All-time series record vs. Bruins: 4-54
Last time vs. Bruins: L, 11-1 (Feb. 17, 2010)

Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 12 & 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 12 p.m.

UCSB vs. Cal State Fullerton (11-15)
All-time series record vs. Titans: 9-95
Last time vs. Titans: L, 5-3 (April 3, 2010)

Monday, April 28, 2011 - 1 & 3 p.m.
UCSB vs. South Dakota (9-18)
All-time series record vs. Coyotes: First Meeting

To follow all of these games on Gametracker, click here.

• Busy Week Ahead
UCSB will face a full week with seven games in seven days beginning with a Tuesday doubleheader at UCLA. The pair against the defending national champions had been slated for March 21, but were rescheduled due to wet weather last week. Following their date with the Bruins, the Gauchos will return to Campus Diamond to host their Big West Conference-opening series against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday and Sunday. The whirlwind week will conclude next Monday with a non-conference doubleheader against South Dakota at home.

• It's Not Going To Get Easier
The Gauchos are coming off of a tough weekend series against fifth-ranked Arizona State, their highest ranked opponents of the season, in which they went 0-3. UCSB will not get much of a break as UCLA is currently ranked No. 7 in the NFCA poll and No. 13 in the ESPN.com poll. The Gauchos have gone 0-7 so far this season against ranked opposition.

• For The Record
UCSB has posted a 12-14 overall record thus far. The Gauchos opened the season with a six-game win streak, but have struggled as of late, dropping nine of their last 12 games. UCSB is, however, just three wins away from tying its total from the 2010 season.

• Offensive Behavior
UCSB has one of the top offenses in the Big West Conference, ranking second with its .281 team batting average and in the top-three in slugging percentage (.368), runs (108), hits (193)and triples (4). The Gauchos also lead the league with 37 doubles. On the flip side, the Gauchos also lead the conference in strikeouts (156).

• Acting Defensive
The Gauchos are also taking care of business defensively as they lead the Big West with their .970 fielding percentage. UCSB has a league-low 22 errors this season, which is a huge improvement after posting 66 in 2010.

• Two For One
Speaking of the UCSB defense, the Gauchos have already turned a league-leading 13 double plays this year. In 2010, UCSB posted 23 double plays, which ranked ninth nationally and set a new program record. As of last Tuesday, UCSB ranked third in the nation - behind Southern Utah and Colgate - with an average of .57 double plays per game.

• Terrific Turnaround
The Gauchos seem to be well on their way to bouncing back from a lackluster 2010 season. With 29 games still slated this season, UCSB is just 17 runs and 10 RBI away from matching its 2010 totals. The Gauchos have already surpassed their 2010 counts for doubles (29). Also, UCSB is currently batting .281 versus last year's .232 team average.

• Taylor Made
Junior Allison Taylor is currently second among the Gauchos with her .345 batting average and is tied first in runs (13). She leads the squad with her .545 slugging - which is eighth in the Big West - and .429 on-base percentage. She has registered a hit in 10 of the last 12 games and went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored in the second game of the Arizona State series.

• Popping Pilpils
Freshman Kathryn Pilpil led the Gauchos with three hits during last weekend's series. She posted her fourth multiple-hit game of the season on Sunday, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Pilpil is tied for first on the team in runs (13) and has a team-high 17 RBI, 13 walks and seven stolen bases. Her five multiple RBI games are the most by a Gaucho this year. Among Big West players, she is tied for third in stolen bases, is sixth in walks and seventh in RBI.

• Home Run Tracker
Freshman Kendall Gill hit the Gauchos' fifth home run of the season in the Sunday pairing with ASU. She is one of four players to hit one over the fence; Allison Taylor leads the team with two. Gill started all three games of the weekend series and batted a team-leading .400 with a .500 on-base percentage.

• Brooke's Bat
Junior Brooke Putich has been one of the steadiest Gauchos this season. The outfielder is third on the team with her .295 batting average, second with 23 hits and is tied second in RBI (15). Putich has had five multiple-hit games this year and four multiple-RBI games. She also strung together a 10-game hit streak from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25, which is the longest by a Gaucho this season.

• Kane Is Able
Freshman McKenzie Kane leads the Gauchos in batting average (.359), hits (33) - which ranks third in the Big West - and is tied for first on the team with 13 runs. The freshman is ninth in the conference in stolen bases (6). The center fielder has posted a team-high nine multiple-hit games and has had a hit in all but four games.

• Super Senior
Senior Jessica Beristianos is currently tied for seventh with Mandy Edwards (1997-2000) on the UCSB career top-10 RBI list with 81. Additionally, Beristianos is currently tied for second in career doubles (37) with Kendra Wood (1997-2000) and needs just five more to tie the school record set by Edwards (1997-2000).

• Shortstop Stories
Keilani Jennings is tied for fourth in the Big West in doubles (6) and tied for seventh in walks (12). The sophomore is currently fifth on the team with her .263 batting average and third in on-base percentage (.382). Jennings is just one home run away from cracking the UCSB top-10 list; she currently has 10 for her career.

• The Lowdown On Lauren
When hits come for freshman Lauren Boser, they usually come in pairs. The first baseman has posted six multiple hit games and has had four contests with multiple RBI. She is currently tied for ninth in the Big West in doubles (5) and posted her last two during the Gaucho Classic II. Defensively, she is tied with Keilani Jennings for the conference lead in double plays (10) and is second for chances (202) and putouts (191).

• Turning Up The AC
Freshman pitcher Andriana Collins leads the Gaucho pitching staff with her 3.40 ERA and 64 strikeouts. She is tied third in the Big West in wins - she is 8-7 on the season - and is also third in innings pitched (103). Collins is tied for fourth in appearances (20) and starts (15); she is seventh in ERA and strikeouts; and she is tied for eighth in strikeouts looking (16).

• The Galicinao File
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her fourth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, has coached the Gauchos to a 83-100 cumulative record for a .454 winning percentage, the second-best 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 16 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.

• 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 visit click here.

• 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.

• Get Your Tickets
Tickets for all of the Gauchos' home contests this season 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.

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