Gauchos Head to Aloha State for Bank of Hawaii Invitational

Keilani Jennings (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Keilani Jennings (Photo by Tony Mastres)

March 3 Weekly Release

• The Schedule
Bank of Hawaii Invitational at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Live Stats
Friday, March 2, 2012
UC Santa Barbara (6-11) vs. No. 20 Florida State (15-0), 5:30 pm (Pacific)
All-time series record vs. Seminoles: First Meeting

Saturday, March 3, 2012
UC Santa Barbara vs. Radford (2-3), 1 pm
All-time series record vs. Highlanders: 2-0
Last time vs. Highlanders: W, 1-0 (Mar. 16, 2006 

UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 22 Hawaii (12-0), 5 pm
All-time series record vs. Rainbow Wahine: 16-40
Last time vs. Rainbow Wahine: L, 2-0 (May 18, 2007) 

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Two Games, TBD 

• Aloha!
After hosting its home-opening Gaucho Classic I, UCSB will hit the road once again, this time for a 10-game road swing. The first leg of the latest road trip will be a trek to the Aloha State where the Gauchos will play in the three-day Bank of Hawaii Invitational. The tournament field includes host No. 22 Hawaii, No. 20 Florida State and Radford.  

• Taking On The Best
UCSB has already faced six teams ranked among the nation's top-25 in both the Softball and NFCA and three that were receiving votes. This weekend, the Gauchos will take on two more: No. 20 Florida State and No. 22 Hawaii. Last week, UCSB snapped a six-game skid with a doubleheader sweep of then-ranked No. 23 Houston. The wins marked the first over a ranked team since the Gauchos posted a 7-2 victory over No. 4 UCLA on March 24, 2009.  

• The Century Club 
With the first win over Houston last Thursday, head coach Brie Galicinao recorded her 100th career win. Now in her fifth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 104-123 record for a .458 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982.  

• For The Record
Following a rough 1-10 start to the season – the program's worst start since 1988 – the Gauchos rebounded in a big way last week as they recorded a 5-1 record during the Gaucho Classic I. UCSB now stands at 6-11 on the season.  

• Soria Named Big West Player of the Week
Junior Jessica Soria has garnered her first Big West Player of the Week honor after an outstanding showing at the Gaucho Classic I. Soria hit safely in all six of the Gauchos' games to extend her hitting streak to seven-straight and led UCSB to a 5-1 record at its home-opening tournament. The leadoff hitter led the team in hits (10), runs (4), RBI (3), triples (1) and stolen bases (1). She was also second on the team in total bases with 12. Soria went 10-for-21 for a .467 average. She had a .571 slugging percentage, .500 on-base percentage and was perfect in the outfield. In the tournament's opener against No. 23 Houston, Soria hit the game-winning triple, driving in a pair of runs. In the narrow 3-2 win over Nevada, she scored the game-tying run. The center fielder leads UCSB in batting (.345), hits (19), total bases (21), slugging (.382), on-base percentage (.379) and stolen bases (5). Soria ranks second in the Big West in hits and triples, is third in stolen bases and is sixth in batting and total bases. 

• Wise Beyond Her Years
Freshman Shelby Wisdom had a standout weekend in the circle as she compiled a 3-0 record at home with a 1.52 ERA in 23 innings of work. The pitcher allowed just five earned runs while striking out 25 batters. Wisdom recorded her first collegiate shutout in the 1-0 win over UNLV. The freshman is second in the Big West in strikeouts (63) and first in strikeouts looking (23). She is second in wins (4), third in innings pitched (60.2), fourth in opponent batting average (.270) and seventh in ERA (3.81).

• Turning Up the AC
Sophomore hurler Andriana Collins grabbed her first pair of wins last weekend while posting a 1.84 ERA across her 19 innings in the circle. She also allowed just five earned runs. Collins and Wisdom have combined to rank second in the Big West in team strikeouts (90). 

• Brooke's Bat
Senior Brooke Putich also had an outstanding opening weekend at Campus Diamond. The outfielder batted .500 (9-for-18), scored four runs, tallied two RBI and posted a .526 on-base percentage. She has had a hit in six of the last seven contests and she tied her career-high with three hits in the 8-1 victory over Nevada on Sunday. 

• Lainey's Long Ball
Senior Lainey DePompa led the Gauchos with three extra-base hits last weekend, including her second home run of the season. The catcher also hit a pair of doubles in the first win over Houston. Her .765 slugging led the team at the Gaucho Classic I and her .471 batting was second. 

• Hit Parade
UCSB, which recorded double digit hits on just one occasion prior to its home games last week (10 vs. Oregon on Feb. 10), had three double-digit hit performances, including a season-best 14 against Nevada. The last time the Gauchos had 14 hits in a game was against UC Riverside on April 17, 2011. UCSB also scored a season-high eight runs in the victory over the Wolfpack.

• Bay Area Bound
Following this trip to Hawaii, UCSB will head to Northern California for the Santa Clara Invitational the weekend of March 9-11. The Gauchos will face the host, Santa Clara, as well as San Jose State and St. Mary's during the three-day affair.