UCSB Closes Season Against League-Leader UC Davis

May 13, 2010

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• The Schedule
Friday, May 14, 2010 at La Rue Field, 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 15, 2010 at La Rue Field, 12 pm

UC Santa Barbara (13-36, 4-14) vs. UC Davis (25-25, 14-4)
All-time series record vs. Aggies: 12-4
Last win: May 3, 2009 (12-0 in 5 innings)
Last loss: April 26, 2008 (4-1)
All games available on Gametracker

• For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 13-36 overall record after dropping three straight to Pacific last weekend during their home-closing series. The Gauchos will finish the season with fewer than 20 wins for the first time since 2001, when they went 18-34. UCSB has also recorded 30-plus losses for the first time since 2004, when it posted 31.

• What's Up Holmes?
UC Davis enters this weekend with a 25-25 overall record and a 14-4 Big West mark. The Aggies are coming off a sweep of Cal Poly last weekend. Current Big West Pitcher and Player of the Week, Alex Holmes, leads the Aggies with her .350 batting and 2.92 ERA. She has posted a 15-8 overall record in the circle this season and a perfect 8-0 record in Big West games.

• Gauchos vs. Aggies
UCSB leads the all-time series against UCD, 12-4 and won last years' series, 3-0. The Gauchos have dropped just one conference series to UC Davis in 2008 and have never suffered a sweep at the hands of the Aggies.

• Conference Update
Heading into the final weekend of conference play, UC Davis leads the Big West and could wrap up the Big West's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with a series win over UCSB. Cal State Northridge is in second at 13-5 and is biting at the Aggies' heels.

• Get Off Our Bags
UCSB is tied for the conference lead in runners picked-off (6) and is first for double plays (22). In fact, the Gauchos' 22 double plays this season surpasses the UCSB school record, which was set in 2004 at 19. UCSB turned three double plays during last weekend's series with Pacific, including two in the series closer on Sunday.

• Among The Nation's Best
UCSB ranks seventh nationally for double plays per game (0.45). Meanwhile, Jessica Ziegler ranks as the 51st toughest player to strike out. Keilani Jennings and Jessica Beristianos are tied for 49th nationally for sacrifice flies with three each.

• Ziggy, Ziggy, Ziggy Can't You See? Sometimes Your Hits Just Hypnotize Me
Senior Jessica Ziegler is finishing her four year career at UCSB in fine fashion. The leadoff hitter leads UCSB and is fourth in the Big West with her 53 hits, she is second for stolen bases (19) and ranks seventh in the conference with her .329 batting average. Her 15 multi-hit games also lead the team. Not just an offensive standout, the first baseman also leads the conference for fielding double plays (18) and is second with her 339 putouts and 364 chances. Her 19 stolen bags are tied for seventh on the UCSB single-season stolen base top-10 list.

• Making History
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, she has solidified her place in the UCSB record books. The senior is now fourth all-time for career stolen bases after bringing her total to 48. She is four 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 ninth with 160, two away from tying Tami Gregor (1985-87) for eighth. She also ranks sixth all-time for career runs (97).

• Beristianos Brings Them Home
Jessica Beristianos currently leads the Gauchos with seven RBI in Big West play and has driven home 23% of their runs in conference games. She is batting .245 in conference games, good for third on the team. She leads the squad with 15 RBI and 10 doubles, ranking fifth in the conference. Additionally, she leads the squad with her 21 walks, which ranks eighth in the Big West.

• While We Are On The Subject
Beristianos is climbing through the UCSB all-time top-10 lists. She recently cracked the RBI all-time list and has tied 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.

• The Power of Putich
Brooke Putich has had a solid sophomore season in which she is batting a career-best .302 which is good for second on the team and 10th among Big West players. She is also second on the squad with 35 hits and is third for runs (15) and stolen bases (7). Her .379 slugging percentage leads the squad. She has had hits in all but three Big West games that she has played in.

• 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 six games remaining on the schedule, the best record the Gauchos can now finish with is 16-36 (.307).

• MeLinda Makes Her Mark
Senior pitcher MeLinda Matsumoto will conclude her collegiate career this weekend ranking in the Gauchos' all-time top-10 for complete games and innings pitched. During her four seasons with the Gauchos, she has tossed 439.1 innings, ranking ninth all-time, and she has pitched 29 complete games, which is 10th all-time, tying Tracy Witherell (1982-83).

• The Galicinao File
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 69-85 cumulative record for a .448 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.

• Farewell Seniors
Kelsey Anderson, Lindsey Correa, MeLinda Matsumoto, Priscilla Perez and Jessica Ziegler will conclude their collegiate careers this weekend at UC Davis. They have all competed for UCSB for four seasons.

• 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.

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