March 29, 2010

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March 29, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Campus Diamond, 12 & 2 pm
UC Santa Barbara (9-20) vs. Fresno State (21-12)

All-time series record vs. Bulldogs: 12-52
Last win: Apr. 6, 2009 (1-0)
Last loss: Apr. 6, 2009 (3-1)
Both games available on Gametracker
Game two broadcast live on 91.9 FM and KCSB.org

Friday, April 2, 2010 at Anderson Family Field, 4 & 6 pm
Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Anderson Family Field, 12 pm

UCSB at Cal State Fullerton (5-26)
All-time series record vs. Titans: 9-92
Last win: May 10, 2008 (11-7)
Last loss: May 9, 2009 (6-5)
All games available on Gametracker

• The Week Ahead
UC Santa Barbara will host Fresno State in a doubleheader on Tuesday for the Gauchos' final non-conference games of the 2010 regular season. On Friday, UCSB will kick-off Big West Conference action at Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos will play a doubleheader on Friday evening and a single game on Saturday.

• Last Time Out
UCSB stayed busy during its spring break with a doubleheader at San Diego last Tuesday followed by four games at the Stanford Invitational. The Gauchos split the twin bill with the Toreros, as each team picked up a 6-1 victory. At the Stanford tourney, UCSB opened with an 11-inning victory over Cal State Bakersfield - avenging a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Roadrunners earlier in the month - but were unable to keep the momentum going. The Gauchos dropped the next three games, falling to BYU, Santa Clara and No. 9 Stanford.

• For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 9-20 overall record, which is its slowest start to a season since 2001 when the team posted an identical record in its first 29 games. The Gauchos are currently amidst a three-game skid and have won just two of their last 10 games. UCSB has posted a 1-6 record at home and are 1-5 on opponent's diamonds.

• Bulldog Banter
Fresno State enters Tuesday's doubleheader with a 21-12 overall record and the Bulldogs have won five of their last six. Haley Gilleland leads the squad batting .400 on the season and is second on the team with 21 runs scored. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting an impressive .295 on the year. Morgan Melloh has handled the bulk of the work in the circle and has posted a 2.90 ERA, 148 strikeouts and a 9-8 record in her 22 appearances. The Gauchos and Bulldogs last met on April 6, 2009 in Fresno when the teams split a doubleheader. Fresno State took the first game, 3-1, and UCSB captured the second game, 1-0.

• Taking On The Titans
Cal State Fullerton enters the week with a 5-26 record and will play San Diego State at home on Wednesday before hosting the Gauchos later in the week. Torrie Anderson leads the Titans batting .264 on the year and is tied with a team-leading 14 runs and 18 RBI. Fullerton is batting just .203 as a team this season. In the circle, Ari Cervantes has made a team-leading 21 appearances and her 5.73 ERA is the Titan staff's lowest. During last season's Big West series, Fullerton swept the Gauchos in three tight games, picking up 4-2, 2-1 and 6-5 victories. UCSB has only recorded series wins over the Titans on two occasions during the teams' all-time history: 2008 (2-1) and 2004 (2-1). The Gauchos have never swept Fullerton during a season series.

• Take Me To Your Leader
Though UCSB has struggled offensively, senior Jessica Ziegler has been a bright spot in the Gaucho lineup throughout the season. The first baseman leads UCSB and the Big West for hits (33), ranks second in the conference with her team-leading 13 stolen bases, ranks fourth for batting (.351) and ninth for runs scored (15). She accounts for 20% of the Gauchos' runs, 19% of their hits and 54% of the stolen bases. Ziegler also leads the squad with 11 multiple hit games under her belt, including a season-high three hits against Bakersfield last Friday.

• Making History
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, she is currently solidifying her place in the UCSB record books. The senior tallied four stolen bases - including two against Bakersfield - during last week's six games bringing her career count to 42, which moves her from ninth to fifth all-time in the Gaucho top-10. She needs one more to tie fourth-ranked Lori Sanchez (1982-83). Ziegler needs just five more hits - she has 140 - to crack the career hits top-10 list. She also ranks sixth all-time for runs (90).

• Jessica's Top-10 Lists
Junior Jessica Beristianos is another Gaucho climbing through the all-time top-10 lists. The infielder recently cracked the RBI all-time list and is seven away from tying ninth-ranked Lindsey Herrin's career output of 70 (2004-05). She is also just two doubles (28) away from tying Tonya Dias (1997-2000) for sixth all-time. Beristianos had one of her best performances of the season in the win over San Diego, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. She is currently tied for fourth in the conference with her six doubles and is tied for eighth for walks with 13.

• Brooke's Bat
Across last week's six games, sophomore Brooke Putich continued to be one of the most reliable bats in the Gaucho lineup. The outfielder hit safely in five of the six games including a 2-for-3 showing at USD with an RBI, double, two runs, a walk and a stolen base in the 6-1 victory over the Toreros. She also accounted for one of just four Gaucho hits against No. 9 Stanford on Sunday. Putich is hitting .302 on the season, second on the team, and is also second with her 19 hits, 11 runs and three stolen bases.

• Mixing It Up
Katie McWhirter and Allison Taylor - whose playing time had been limited to the occasional pinch hitting this season - were both incorporated into the starting lineups last week. McWhirter batted a solid .263 while Taylor hit .250 in her 12 at-bats and the twosome accounted for the Gauchos' three hits vs. BYU with Taylor recording her first multi-hit performance of the year.

• Highlights From The Circle
Senior MeLinda Matsumoto handled the bulk of the Gauchos' work in the circle last week, tossing 23.2 innings across five appearances. She recorded a 2.37 ERA and a 1-1 record during the week, defeating USD and falling to BYU. Matsumoto is currently second on the squad with her 4.43 ERA and has made a team-leading 17 appearances. Her season record is 4-6. Matsumoto needs one complete game to match tenth-ranked Tracy Witherell's (1982-83) 29 complete games and is now ranked eighth all-time for innings pitched in a career (399.2)

• 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 when the Gauchos defeated Utah Valley on Feb. 13. Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 65-69 cumulative record for a .485 winning percentage, the second 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.

• Preseason Predictions
In the Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released prior to the start of the season, 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.

• 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.

• Looking Ahead
UCSB will return to Campus Diamond to take on Cal Poly on April 10-11 in a three-game Big West Conference series. The games will count towards the Blue-Green Rivalry between Cal Poly and UCSB. For more information on the series, click 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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