UCSB Heads North for Santa Clara Bronco Classic

Jessica Soria
Jessica Soria

March 9 Weekly Release

• The Schedule
Santa Clara Bronco Classic at San Jose State Spartan Softball Stadium
Friday, March 9, 2012
UC Santa Barbara (7-15) at San Jose State (10-12), 2:15 pm
All-time series record vs. Spartans: 17-26
Last time vs. Spartans: L, 4-1 (Mar. 10, 2001) 

Saturday, March 10, 2012
UC Santa Barbara vs. St. Mary's (5-10), 11:15 am
All-time series record vs. Gaels: 15-1
Last time vs. Gaels: W, 10-3 (Feb. 26, 2005)

UC Santa Barbara vs. Santa Clara (3-18), 1:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Broncos: 31-4
Last time vs. Broncos: L, 6-2 (Mar. 27, 2010) 

Sunday, March 11, 2012
UC Santa Barbara vs. St. Mary's, 10 am
UC Santa Barbara vs. Santa Clara, 12:15 pm

• The Three S's
UCSB will complete its current road swing this weekend when it heads North to face the three S's – San Jose State, St. Mary's and Santa Clara – in the Santa Clara Bronco Classic, which is being played at the San Jose State Spartan Softball Stadium. 

• Taking On The Best
This weekend will mark the first time this season that UCSB will not be facing any ranked opposition. Of the Gauchos' 22 games thus far, 10 have been played against teams ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and NFCA Top-25 polls and another three games were against teams receiving votes. UCSB has posted a 2-8 record against ranked opposition.  

• For The Record
UCSB carries a 7-15 record into this weekend's tournament after going 1-4 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational last week. The Gauchos have posted a 0-1 record on opposing diamonds and are 2-13 in neutral site games. 

• A Hard Pilpil To Swallow
Sophomore second baseman Kathryn Pilpil led the Gauchos last weekend in Hawaii. She batted .500 (7-for-14) in the Gauchos' five games with a .533 on-base percentage. She tallied a double, a walk, an RBI and had eight total bases. She is amidst a four-game hitting streak and tallied a career-high tying three hits in the second game against Florida State. For the season, she is leading the team – and is 10th in the Big West – in batting with a .323 average. She also leads the squad with eight RBI. Her 20 hits are tied for fourth in the Big West.  

• Gimme Moore
Freshman DeJanee Moore reached base safely in the last four games. In the win over Radford, she was 2-for-3 with a season-high two runs, including a home run. She had one of the Gauchos' three hits against Hawaii. In the second game against Florida State, she drew a walk and scored a run, and in the tournament finale, she walked a season-high three times. Moore is currently third on the team batting .286 this season. She boasts a team-best .385 on-base percentage and is second with seven walks. 

• Turning Up the AC
Sophomore hurler Andriana Collins did some heavy lifting for the Gauchos over the weekend, pitching 21 innings. She went 1-1 in the circle and posted a 3.33 ERA. In the win over Radford, she notched seven strikeouts, just one shy of her season-high, which was recorded against BYU (Feb. 11). Overall, Collins has posted a 3-8 record with a 5.07 ERA. She ranks fifth in the Big West in strikeouts (42) and is tied seventh in strikeouts looking (11). 

• Speedy Soria
Junior Jessica Soria extended her hitting streak to nine games during last week's win over Radford before it was snapped against host Hawaii. The center fielder leads the Gauchos with her 22 hits and five stolen bases, ranking second and seventh, respectively, in the Big West standings. Soria is second on the squad with her .314 batting average and boasts a .351 on-base percentage. 

• Wise Beyond Her Years
Freshman Shelby Wisdom struggled a bit at the plate last week, but she made her one hit count as she hit a three-run bomb against No. 20 Florida State on Sunday. It was her second round trip of the year. The freshman leads the team in walks (8), which is tied seventh in the Big West. In the circle, Wisdom has gone 4-7 and owns a 4.42 ERA. Her 66 strikeouts rank third in the league and she leads the Big West with 25 strikeouts looking. 

• Lainey's Long Ball
Senior Lainey DePompa hit her third home run of the season in last weekend's tournament opener against No. 20 Florida State. The catcher leads the team with three homers this season, which ties her for fourth in the Big West. The senior also leads the Gauchos in extra-base hits (two doubles, three home runs) and in slugging percentage (.404). 

• The Galicinao File
Now in her fifth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, head coach Brie Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 105-127 record for a .453 winning percentage, the second best since the softball program went Division I in 1982. 

• Next Up: Campus Diamond Homecoming
Following this weekend's five games in Northern California, UCSB will return home to Campus Diamond – where it owns a 5-1 record – to host the Gaucho Classic 11 the weekend of March 16-18. The tournament field will feature Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and San Jose State.