April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Matador Diamond, 12 & 2 pm
Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Matador Diamond, 12 pm
UC Santa Barbara (10-30, 1-8) vs. Northridge (21-20, 5-4)
All-time series record vs. Matadors: 22-44-1
Last win: April 11, 2009 (6-0)
Last loss: April 12, 2009 (4-2)
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For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 10-30 overall record, which is its slowest start to a season since 1991 when the team got out to an 8-33 start. The Gauchos were able to snap a 13-game losing streak with Sunday's win over UC Riverside. The skid was the longest since the 1984 team opened the season with 13 consecutive losses (Jan. 27 - Feb. 18).
Gauchos vs. The Big West
The Gauchos had a rough start to Big West play this season dropping their first eight straight after series sweeps by Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly and dropping two of three to Riverside last weekend. UCSB was finally able to shake its skid with a 4-1 win in Sunday's series closer with the Highalnders and now stands at 1-8 in conference games.
Notes On Northridge
Cal State Northridge enters this weekend's series with a 21-20 overall record and a 5-4 mark in conference games. The Matadors most recently swept Pacific on the road last week by way of 2-1, 12-7 (8 innings) and 12-5 scores. The series victory was the first of the season for the Matadors and the team has won their last four straight. The Gauchos won their 2009 series with Northridge 2-1. Jennifer Mosier leads the Matadors with her .383 batting average and 28 runs. Hannah Fraijo leads the Northridge staff with a team-best 13-6 record and 3.11 ERA.
After three weeks of conference play, defending Big West Champion Cal Poly tops the leaderboard with its 7-2 record while UC Riverside is a close second (6-3). UC Davis (5-3) and Cal State Northridge (5-4) are in third and fourth, respectively, while Long Beach and Fullerton are tied fifth (4-5). Pacific (3-5) and UCSB round out the standings.
Despite the Gauchos' struggles this season, senior Jessica Ziegler is having a tremendous year. The leadoff hitter leads UCSB and the Big West with her 46 hits, is second for stolen bases (18) and ranks fourth in the conference with her career-best .343 batting average. Her 14 multi-hit games also lead the team. Not just an offensive standout, the first baseman also leads the conference in chances (303) and fielding double plays (14) and is second with her 279 putouts.
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, she is currently solidifying her place in the UCSB record books. The senior is now fourth all-time for career stolen bases after bringing her total to 47. She is five stolen bags away from tying Christine Ramos (2006-09) for third. Additionally, she has cracked the career hits top-10 list as she now ranks 10th with 153, five away from tying Stacy Atwood (1993-96) for ninth.
Jessica Beristianos has started the Big West schedule in fine form, batting a team-leading .414 across the last eight games - ranking sixth among league players in conference games - and she has hit safely in all but two conference games. For the season, she is third on the team hitting a career-high .273 and is third for hits (31) and second for on-base percentage (.364). Additionally, she leads the Gauchos and is tied for first in the Big West with 10 doubles, which included two during last weekend's series at UCR.
While We Are On The Subject
Beristianos is another Gaucho climbing through the all-time top-10 lists. She recently cracked the RBI all-time list and after tallying two last weekend, she is just three away from tying ninth-ranked Lindsey Herrin's career output of 70 (2004-05). She has also tied Stacy Atwood (1993-96) for fifth all-time with 32 career doubles.
Get Off Our Bags
UCSB currently leads the conference in runners picked-off (6) and is second for double plays (18). In fact, the Gauchos are just one double play shy of tying the school record, which was set in 2004.
Among The Nation's Best
UCSB ranks tenth nationally for double plays per game (0.45). Meanwhile, Jessica Ziegler ranks 77th for stolen bases with an average of 0.45 per game and also ranks as the 69th toughest player to strikeout. Keilani Jennings also ranks in the national top-100 - 25th to be exact - for sacrifice flies with her three this year.
Finding Her Form
Sophomore Krista Cobb, who was the 2008 Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, has had a tough season in the circle, but a solid weekend against Riverside may just mark a return to form for the hurler. Despite suffering a loss in Saturday's second game, Cobb limited the Highlanders to four runs on four hits - just one of which went for extra bases - in her six innings of work. The following day, she tossed another complete game, this time limiting the Highlanders to just one run on five hits. She struck out six in the win, which are her most K's since she tallied eight in the season-opener against Northern Colorado (Feb. 11). The Sunday win snapped the pitcher's five-game skid.
End Of An Era
Prior to this year, UCSB had posted seven consecutive winning seasons, a program record. Unfortunately, that streak has ended. With just 12 games remaining on the schedule, the best record the Gauchos can now finish with is 22-30 (.423).
A Record Better Left Unbroken
Currently the UCSB pitching staff owns a collective 5.38 ERA, which is on pace to surpass the program record for highest season ERA set in 2008 at 3.82. They have tied the record for home runs allowed (38) and are three earned runs (196) away from tying the school record, both also set in 2008. The Gauchos have seen a steady improvement in their team ERA over the last couple of weeks, dropping from 5.60 after the Fullerton series to 5.38 currently. Last weekend's team ERA was 4.05, their best during a 2010 Big West series.
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 66-79 cumulative record for a .455 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.
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.
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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.