UCSB Continues Big West Play at Cal Poly

UCSB Continues Big West Play at Cal Poly

April 6, 2011

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• The Schedule
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 4 & 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 12 p.m.

UC Santa Barbara (15-18, 1-2) at Cal Poly (6-23, 2-1)
All-time series record vs. Mustangs: 40-48
Last series vs. Mustangs: 0-3 (April 10-11, 2010)
Last series win vs. Mustangs: 3-0 (April 5-6, 2008)

To watch games on Gametracker, click here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2011 - 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
UCSB at Cal State Bakersfield (10-18)
All-time series record vs. Roadrunners: 15-9
Last time vs. Bakersfield: W, 6-5 in 11 innings (Mar. 26, 2011)

• The Week Ahead
UCSB continues Big West Conference action this Saturday and Sunday when it heads to Cal Poly for a three-game series against the Central Coast rival. The Gauchos will be looking to break a six-game losing skid against the Mustangs. After the trio of games against Cal Poly, UCSB will have a quick turnaround and head to Bakersfield on Tuesday to take on the Roadrunners in a non-conference doubleheader.

• For The Record
UCSB has posted a 15-18 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big West play. With its latest win against South Dakota, UCSB has matched its total wins from the 2010 campaign with 22 games still left on its slate.

• Streaks Worth Snapping
Heading into last weekend's series with Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos were amidst a seven-game losing skid, its longest of the season. UCSB snapped its skid by winning the first game against the Titans, which was also its first win over the club since 2008. The Gauchos have won three of their last five and posted consecutive wins for the first time since late February during Monday's doubleheader with South Dakota.

• Acting Defensive
The Gauchos have set themselves apart as one of the best defensive teams in the Big West and nationally. UCSB leads the league and is ranked in the top-50 nationally with its .967 fielding. The Gauchos have committed a league-low 31 errors this season, which is a vast improvement after posting 66 in 2010.

• Two For One
Speaking of the UCSB defense, the Gauchos have already turned a league-leading 18 double plays this year - an average of .55 per game - which ranks fourth nationally among all Division I programs. If the Gauchos keep up this current pace, they will surpass the school record for double plays, which was set last season at 23.

• Offensive Behavior
UCSB has one of the top offenses in the Big West Conference, ranking third with its .270 team batting average and in the top-three in runs (130), hits (234), RBI (116) and triples (6). The Gauchos also lead the league with 42 doubles. On the flip side, the Gauchos are the conference leaders in strikeouts (186).

• Terrific Turnaround
The Gauchos seem to be well on their way to bouncing back from a lackluster 2010 season. With 22 games still slated this season, UCSB has already surpassed its 2010 totals in runs, doubles and RBI while tying its number of triples (6). Also, UCSB is currently batting .270 versus last year's .232 team average and its on-base percentage has improved from .292 to .341.

• Catching Up With Our Catcher
Junior catcher Lainey DePompa had a strong return to Campus Diamond as she batted .400 (6-for-15) across the five-game home stand with one run, a double, her first home run of the year and two RBI. She has had a hit in four of the last five games and had a pair of hits in game two against Fullerton and game two with South Dakota.

• Kane Is Able
Freshman McKenzie Kane leads the Gauchos in batting average (.345) and hits (40), which ranks fourth in the Big West. The center fielder has posted a team-high 11 multiple-hit games and has had a hit in all but seven games. Kane posted her third three-hit game of the season in the first pairing against South Dakota and also tallied a run.

• The Lowdown On Lauren
When hits come for freshman Lauren Boser, they usually come in pairs. The first baseman has posted eight multiple hit games and has had four contests with multiple RBI. She had a pair of hits in games one and two against Fullerton last weekend and went 1-for-2 with a run and a walk in game two against South Dakota. Defensively, she is leads the conference lead in double plays (13) and is second for chances (229) and putouts (218).

• Taylor Made
Junior Allison Taylor is currently second among the Gauchos with her .307 batting average and is second in runs (16) behind Kathryn Pilpil. She leads the squad with her .480 slugging and .402 on-base percentage. She has registered a hit in 13 of the last 19 games and helped lead the Gauchos to their first win over South Dakota going 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run.

• Popping Pilpils
Freshman Kathryn Pilpil has had at least one hit in eight of the last 10 games. She posted her fifth multiple-hit game of the season on Saturday, going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI in game two with the Titans. Pilpil leads the Gauchos in runs (17), RBI (21) and stolen bases (9). Among Big West players, she is second in stolen bags and tied for sixth in RBI. She currently leads UCSB with six multiple-RBI games.

• Turning Up The AC
Freshman pitcher Andriana Collins posted a career-best nine strikeouts in Monday's first win over South Dakota in which she allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings of work. The Fairfield, Calif. native owns a 9-9 record and is third in the Big West with her 120.2 innings pitched. Collins is tied for first in starts (18), tied for third in strikeouts (80), tied for fourth in appearances (23) and is ninth in ERA (3.83).

• In The Circle With Krista
After suffering five consecutive losses in the circle, Krista Cobb (6-9) rebounded in a big way going 2-1 in her three appearances over three days. She broke her skid with a 2-1 win over Fullerton in which she tossed the complete game and allowed just one run on seven hits. In Sunday's series closer with the Titans, she tossed nine innings and allowed just three runs on seven hits. She bounced back from that narrow loss and defeated South Dakota, giving up just one unearned run off of five hits. She tallied five K's in each of the contests and posted a 1.22 ERA across the three games.

• Shortstop Stories
Keilani Jennings hit her second home run of the season and the 11th of her career to help propel UCSB to its 2-1 win over Fullerton on Saturday. She now ranks 10th on the UCSB career home run top-10 list. The sophomore is currently tied for third in doubles (7) and tied fourth in walks (17) in the Big West.

• Brooke's Bat
Junior Brooke Putich is third on the team with her .281 batting average and tied for second with 27 hits. Putich has had seven 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.

• Super Senior
Senior Jessica Beristianos drove in three runs across last week's seven games to bring her career count to 84, which moves her to seventh all-time on the UCSB career top-10 RBI list. Additionally, she 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 Mandy Edwards (1997-2000).

• 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 86-104 cumulative record for a .453 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.