April 8, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Campus Diamond, 12 & 2 pm
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Campus Diamond, 12 pm
UC Santa Barbara (9-25) vs. Cal Poly (12-17)
All-time series record vs. Mustangs: 40-45
Last win: April 6, 2008 (2-1)
Last loss: April 5, 2009 (6-5)
All games available on Gametracker
Sunday's game broadcast live on 91.9 FM and KCSB.org
The Week Ahead
UC Santa Barbara will host Cal Poly in a three-game Big West Conference series this weekend at Campus Diamond. The Gauchos and Mustangs will match-up in a doubleheader on Saturday and conclude their set with a single game on Sunday.
This weekend's series is part of the Blue-Green Rivalry between UCSB and Cal Poly. As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green). The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in and the Gauchos currently lead the series, 7-5. For more information on the rivalry, click here.
A Note to Our Fans
If you are planning on driving onto campus on Saturday for this weekend's series, allow yourself some extra time to get onto campus and to find parking. UCSB will be hosting its Spring Insight Open House and the campus is expected to be bustling with extra visitors.
For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 9-25 overall record, which is its slowest start to a season since 1991 when the team got out to a 7-27 start. The Gauchos are currently amidst an eight-game losing streak, tying their longest skid of the season that ran from Feb. 17 through Feb. 25. UCSB has posted a 1-8 record at Campus Diamond this season and its lone win at home was against Wisconsin on Feb. 25.
One Week, Two Story Lines
Last week the Gauchos played five games: a home doubleheader against Fresno State and its Big West opening series against Cal State Fullerton. UCSB lost all five games but each loss fell into one of two categories: two were narrow losses (including one decided in extra innings), while the other three were decided by eight or more runs in mercy-rule decisions. The Gauchos have gone 1-8 in games cut short by the run rule this season.
Defending Big West Champion Cal Poly enters this weekend's series with a 12-17 overall record and a 1-2 mark in conference play after dropping two of three to UC Riverside last week. Anna Cahn leads the team batting .352 on the season and also leads the Mustang pitchers with her 1.96 ERA. During last season's series with the Mustangs, the Gauchos were swept by way of 12-5, 6-0 and 6-5 (11 innings) scores. UCSB's last series win over Cal Poly was in 2008 when they swept the three-game set with the Mustangs.
Around The Big West
Cal State Fullerton holds the top spot in conference after its sweep of the Gauchos last week while UC Riverside, UC Davis and Pacific are tied for second after each won their conference openers two games to one over Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach, respectively.
Despite the Gauchos' struggles this season, senior Jessica Ziegler is having a tremendous year at the plate. The leadoff hitter leads UCSB and the Big West with her 40 hits and ranks second in the conference with her career-best .354 batting average and 17 stolen bases. Her 13 multi-hit games also lead the Big West and she ranks eighth with her 18 runs.
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, she is currently solidifying her place in the UCSB record books. The senior moved to fourth all-time last week for career stolen bases after bringing her total to 46. She is six stolen bags away from tying Christine Ramos (2006-09) for third. Additionally, her seven hits last week helped her crack the career hits top-10 list as she now ranks 10th.
Beristianos' Big (West) Weekend
Jessica Beristianos started the Big West schedule with a bang last week. The third baseman led the team batting .600 (6-for-10) - which leads all conference players for BWC games - across the Fullerton series with a run, two doubles and two RBI. She tallied three hits in Sunday's game, tying her season-high. The junior is third on the team among regulars with her .264 average and is second with 10 RBI. She leads the Gauchos and is second in the Big West with eight doubles.
While We Are On The Subject
Beristianos is another Gaucho climbing through the all-time top-10 lists. The infielder recently cracked the RBI all-time list and is five away from tying ninth-ranked Lindsey Herrin's career output of 70 (2004-05). With her two doubles over the weekend, she tied Tonya Dias (1997-2000) for sixth all-time.
Brooke Putich had a five-game hitting streak - her second longest of the year - snapped in the second game of the Fullerton series on Friday. The sophomore ranks second on the team with her .304 average, 13 runs, six stolen bases and 24 hits. She leads the team with her .392 slugging percentage.
Did You Know?
UCSB currently leads the conference in runners picked-off (4) and double plays (17). In fact, the Gauchos are just two double plays shy of tying the school record, which was set in 2004.
Hungry For A Homer
UCSB has tallied a limited number of round-trippers this season - seven to be exact - and hasn't hit one in 14 games. The last time UCSB ended a season with fewer than 10 homers was in 1996 (5).
A Record Worth Avoiding
It's no secret that the Gauchos have had their struggles in the circle this season and the result of that adversity may be a new school record that is not exciting to set. Currently the UCSB pitching staff owns a collective 5.60 ERA, which is on pace to surpass the program record for highest season ERA set in 2008 at 3.82. They are also four home runs and 27 runs away from matching the records for most allowed in a season, both also set in 2008.
Still In The Hunt
Prior to this year, UCSB has posted seven consecutive winning seasons. The Gauchos have 18 games remaining on the schedule and still have a chance to post their eighth-straight winning year. The Gauchos need to win their remaining 18 to finish with a winning record (27-25) or win 17 of their remaining 18 to finish at .500 (26-26).
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 65-74 cumulative record for a .468 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.
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.
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.
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.