April 23, 2013

Gauchos Finish Road Trip at UCLA, Return Home for CSUN

• The Schedule
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
UC Santa Barbara vs UCLA (30-15), 3:00 pm
All-time record vs. Bruins: 4-58
Last time vs. Bruins: L, 10-6 (Mar. 24, 2012)
Streak: Loss 6

Saturday, April 27, 2013
UC Santa Barbara vs Cal State Northridge (27-17), 12:00 pm
UC Santa Barbara vs Cal State Northridge 2:00 pm
All-time record vs. Matadors: 27-48-1
Last time vs. Matadors: W, 4-1 (May 12, 2012)
Streak: Won 4

Sunday, April 28, 2013
UC Santa Barbara vs Cal State Northridge 1:00 pm

• On the Road, Then Back Home
Last week, the UCSB softball team could not complete a sweep over Cal Poly, and dropped two games in their weekend trip at Long Beach State. Despite the loss to the Mustangs, UCSB won the season series by taking both games in their douleheader on Apr. 10. The Gauchos' victory over the 49ers on Sunday snapped a seven-game lossing streak at the 49er Softball Complex.

• For The Record
UCSB enters this weekend with a 26-19 record and are in sole possession of fourth place in conference with a 7-8 Big West mark.

• Battling the Bruins
UCLA made it to the NCAA Regionals last season before losing to Hoftstra (7-2) and Florida State (2-1). The Bruins are entering this week as the No. 21 team in the country with a 30-15 record. They are led by Stephany LaRosa who has a .379 batting average and a team-high .464 on-base percentage. The sophomore was recently named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after her impressive work at No. 22 Arizona.

• Meet the Matadors
Cal State Northridge is currently tied for sixth-place in the Big West with a 6-9 conference mark.
They recently beat Pacific 2-1 in a three-game series this past weekend. Mikayla Thielges leads the Matadors with her .309 batting average a six homeruns. Senior Shelly Tait stands out in the circle with 2.38 ERA and club-high 56 strikeouts. As a team, they have hit 56 doubles, which rankls second in the Big West.

• Just Keep Swinging
UCSB ranks among the top-five teams in the conference in nearly every major offensive category. They are fifth in the Big West in team batting average (.259), third in slugging percentage (.369), fourth in on-base percentage (.331) and fifth in hits (302). In terms of scoring, the Gauchos have the fifth most runs scored in the conference with 156 and fourth in runs batted in with 142.

• No Runs For You!
Freshman Alex Pingree has found her groove in the circle recording three shutouts in her last five starts. The pitcher now paces the club with both a 2.03 ERA (third in the Big West) and has only allowed two home runs, which is second-best in the conference. Her team-leading 39 runs allowed and 25 earned runs allowed rank her fifth and fourth, respectively, in the conference.

• In the Circle
Shelby Wisdom has been the Gauchos go-to pitcher this season and has racked up the third most wins in the Big West with 14. Opposing teams only have a .254 batting average against her, seventh lowest among Big West pitchers. She is also fifth in the conference with 109 strikeouts through 147 innings of work. Of those punch outs, 30 of them have caught the batter looking, which is the fifth most in the Big West.

• Take a Pilpil
Second baseman Kathryn Pilpil has found herself hitting at the top of the lineup lately, and the move has worked out.. She has been consistent for the team in getting on base as she leads the team with both a .411 on base percentage (ninth in the Big West) and 25 walks (fourth in conference).  

• Dual Threat
In addition to being the Gauchos' top pitcher, Shelby Wisdom has also been contributing with her play at the plate. She currently leads the Gauchos with a .326 batting average and is fourth in the Big West for RBIs with 33. The sophomore is also second on the Gauchos with 45 hits. She also owns the team's highest slugging percentage at .565 (sixth in the conference). Wisdom has garnered the most bases on the team with 78, which places her in sixth place in the Big West.  

• Sensational Soria
As a senior, Jessica Soria has led UCSB by being one of the most productive leadoff batters in the Big West. She leads the Gauchos with 46 hits, good for sixth in the conference. Soria is sixth in the Big West with 31 runs scored, and has the second-most stolen bases in the conference with 20  swipes in 23 attempts.

• Gaucho Slugger
Gaucho senior Keilani Jennings sports one of the biggest bat in the UCSB lineup. UCSB's starting shortstop, alongside Shelby Wisodm, leads the team with a 11 doubles (fourth in the Big West) and seven home runs. Her 28 RBIs and .524 slugging percentage are both second on UCSB to Wisdom. Jennings' power has earned her the respect of opposing pitchers as she has been walked 22 times, tied for sixth most in the Big West.

• The Galicinao File
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her sixth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, has coached the Gauchos to a 128-140 cumulative record for a .478 winning percentage, the second best 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, two Big West Freshmen Pitchers of the Year and 27 All-Big West Conference selections. Last season, she was named the Big West Coach of the Year for the second time; she was named Co-Coach of the Year in 2008, her first season at the helm of the program.

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