Cal Poly and Fresno State on Slate for the Gauchos
April 1, 2009
Games No. 32-36
Saturday, April 4, 2009
UCSB (18-13, 2-1) at Cal Poly (22-9, 1-2), 4 & 6 p.m.
at Bob Janssen Field
Sunday, April 5, 2009
UCSB at Cal Poly, 12 p.m.
at Bob Janssen Field
Monday, April 6, 2009
UCSB at Fresno State (22-13), 6 & 8 p.m.
at Bulldog Diamond
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The Opening Pitch
Winners of seven of its last nine games, the UC Santa Barbara softball team faces a tough week as they travel to Cal Poly this weekend and Fresno State next Monday. Both opponents are receiving votes in the NFCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll.
UCSB Opens Conference Play With Series Win Over Riverside
Last week, UCSB won game one of the series with UC Riverside via a 4-1 score. During the second game, the Gauchos were leading by the exact same margin heading into the seventh inning. Unfortunately, UCR was able to capture an 11-5 win, marking the most runs a team has scored on the Gauchos this season and breaking the Gauchos' 30-game win streak vs. UCR. UCSB bounced back the next day and captured the rubber game by way of a 3-1 score.
Cobb Named Big West Pitcher Of The Week
Pitcher Krista Cobb earned the third Big West Pitcher of the Week honor of her young career on Monday. The freshman started her week with a bang, allowing just six hits and two runs in UCSB's 7-2 win over No. 5 UCLA. For the week, Cobb went 4-1 with a 1.09 ERA in 26.2 innings. She allowed 10 runs (four earned) and struck out 23 against 10 walks.
Senior second baseman Christine Ramos led the Gauchos during their seven games last week, batting .458 with 11 hits, six runs, four RBI, a triple, a double and a stolen base. She had hits in all but one game including a 3-for-3 showing with two runs, two RBI and a double against UCLA. She has had hits in all but four games this season and has had multiple hits on 12 occasions. If the senior finishes the season as the Gauchos' hits leader, she will be the only player in program history to lead the team four consecutive years.
The Gauchos currently lead the Big West Conference with their collective .300 batting average and rank 32nd nationally among Division I programs. During last week's Big West series, they hit .315 as a team - leading the league - and also had the top slugging percentage (.397), on-base percentage (.373), hits (23), sacrifice bunts (5) and stolen bases (4).
What's Yours Is Mine
UCSB also leads the Big West in stolen bases with 36 total. Christine Ramos leads the squad and the conference with 11 while Jackie Conlin is second with nine. Conlin had four stolen bases during the Riverside series, including two in game one.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Diamond
Junior right fielder Priscilla Perez returned to the lineup last week after missing 18 games due to an injury. Since getting back on the field, she has batted .500 with a double, two runs and four RBI. She went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI in game one against Santa Clara and then led the Gauchos to the win in game three with UCR, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
Amongst The Nation's Best...Bull's-Eyes
Sophomore Jessica Beristianos was hit by her ninth pitch of the season in the finale against Riverside, setting a new UCSB record for hit-by-pitches in a season. Her average of 0.29 per game ranks 28th in the country. Not all of her at-bats result in a welt though, the shortstop leads UCSB in doubles (7), walks (15) and is tied for first in home runs (3). She is second on the team with her 22 RBI and is fourth on the team, batting .299 in the clean-up spot.
Across their seven games at Campus Diamond, the Gauchos have outscored their opponents 35-15 and have outhit their opposition .356 to .199, with seven players batting over .350. UCSB's ERA is 1.17 at home and the team has allowed just eight earned runs on its home field.
Freshman Krista Cobb leads the Gauchos in the circle with her 2.16 ERA and .204 opponent batting average, ranking seventh and third, respectively, among Big West pitchers. Her 11 wins rank her third in the conference and mark the most by a Gaucho freshman since Jennifer Davis posted 16 as a rookie in 2004.
Getting Ziggy With It
The Gauchos' number two batter - Jessica Ziegler - is currently second on the team in batting average (.369) and second in the conference for hits (41), behind Ramos. She has had hits in 11 of the last 12 games and is tied for third on the team with 17 runs.
She's Got The Wright Stuff, Baby!
Senior Tiffany Wright, who ranks fifth in conference with her team-leading 22 runs and sixth with her 24 RBI, is making her mark on the Gaucho record books. She currently ranks third in career RBI (110), fourth in doubles (33) and seventh in hits (174). With her five runs last week, she cracked 100 total (104 to be exact), making her one of five Gauchos to record triple digit runs. Wright - UCSB's career home run leader (26) - needs just one more round trippers to break into the Big West's all-time top-10.
Krista Cobb is not the only freshman that has made an immediate impact this season. Third baseman Amanda Ziegler is one of the Gaucho team leaders at the plate. She is fifth, batting .298 and is third with 20 RBI. She is tied for second with three home runs and is also second with six doubles. The freshman has scored a run in each of the last five games.
Currently the Gaucho pitching staff owns a 2.90 ERA, a huge improvement upon last season's collective 3.82 ERA. Cobb has made a team-leading 19 appearances, but junior MeLinda Matsumoto isn't far behind with 15.
Scouting Cal Poly
Cal Poly enters this weekend with a 22-9 overall record and a 1-2 Big West mark after dropping two of three last weekend at Cal State Fullerton. Melissa Pura leads the team, batting .395 on the season with 26 RBI. In the circle, Anna Cahn has posted a 15-5 record with a 1.56 ERA and 118 strikeouts, while teammate Helen Penna is 7-4 on the year with a 1.88 ERA.
Cal Poly holds a slight 42-40 series advantage against UCSB. During last season's conference series, the Gauchos swept the Mustangs by way of 7-6, 5-1 and 2-1 scores.
Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State currently holds a 22-13 overall record and is 11-2 at home. The Bulldogs will host Hawai'i in a Western Athletic Conference series this weekend before taking on the Gauchos Monday. Haley Perkins leads the squad with her .316 average and 20 runs. In the circle, Morgan Melloh has posted a 16-10 record, 1.75 ERA and 243 strikeouts.
Fresno State leads the all-time series with UCSB, 51-11. The Bulldogs won a doubleheader last season at Campus Diamond by way of 5-2 and 9-5 scores on Apr. 8.
Big West Update
After one week of conference action, Cal State Northridge currently tops the Big West leader board after sweeping Pacific last weekend. Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UCSB all stand in a three-way tie for second after posting 2-1 marks last weekend.
UCSB is now offering "Cinco Packs" of tickets for baseball and softball games. Fans can purchase general admission tickets to use at any five baseball or softball games of their choice for one low price. Tickets purchased through the "Cinco Pack" package can be used at either baseball or softball. The packages are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 55 and over, and $12 for youth between 4-13. To purchase tickets, call 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or click here.
Youth teams are invited to Campus Diamond to be a part of the Softball Sidekicks program, hosted by UCSB. Teams can sign-up to participate in on-field activities, including taking the field with the Gauchos prior to the start of the game. Players and coaches can attend the game free of charge. Click here to sign up and for more information.
Mark Your Calendars
Next weekend, UCSB will return home for a three-game Easter weekend series. The Gauchos will host Cal State Northridge for the Friday-Saturday affair, playing a doubleheader slated for noon on Friday and a single noon game on Saturday. For tickets, call (805) 893- UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or click here.