2014 UCSB Softball News

July 1, 2014
46 Gauchos Named to 2014 Winter and Spring Big West Academic All-Conference Teams

May 15, 2014
Clark Makes History with All-Region Selection
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kristen Clark continues to reel in postseason hardware, as the freshman was named All-Pacific Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday.

May 13, 2014
Clark Named Big West Freshman of the Year, Five Other Gauchos Earn All-Conference Honors
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Led by Big West Freshman of the Year Kristen Clark, six Gauchos were named to the all-conference team, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

May 10, 2014
UCSB Falls in 10-9 Thriller to Long Beach, Seniors Play in Final Home Game
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Offense took center stage in the battle for the Big West Title, as UC Santa Barbara fell short in 10-9 extra innings thriller to Long Beach State.

May 9, 2014
Gauchos Split Doubleheader, Wisdom Sets All-Time Wins Record
On an eventful day at Campus Diamond, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State split the doubleheader setting up a showdown for the Big West title on Saturday afternoon. For UCSB they will be playing for the chance at their first ever title. Shelby Wisdom picked up a win in the second game of the day, giving her 63 for her career breaking the Gauchos all-time record.

May 9, 2014
Clark Can Hit the Ball a Smile
UCSB can be a scary place for an innocent like softball freshman Kristen Clark.

May 9, 2014
UCSB's Kind of Wisdom
Brie Galicinao claims that when she first saw a pink-haired sophomore at Elk Grove High School, she knew she needed her on the roster.

May 8, 2014
UCSB Takes On Long Beach State for Big West Crown
Last weekend, UCSB pulled off a sweep at UC Riverside and tied Long Beach State for first place in the Big West with a 13-5 record. The Gauchos made it look easy against the Highlanders, as Shelby Wisdom limited them to just four runs through the series, highlighted by a 3-0 shutout in game two. Offensively, UCSB saw three of its players hit .600 or better over the weekend, as Kathryn Pilpil led the team with a .625 mark (M. Moore, Wisdom both hit .600).

May 5, 2014
Moore and Wisdom Pick Up Player of the Week Awards
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara’s battery combination of pitcher Shelby Wisdom and catcher MeShalon Moore each picked up weekly awards on Monday after a dominant 3-0 sweep at UC Riverside. Wisdom was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Player of the Week, while Moore was selected as the Big West Field Player of the Week.

May 4, 2014
UCSB Sweeps Riverside, Wisdom Ties Career Wins Record
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Behind MeShalon Moore’s big hits and Shelby Wisdom’s performance in the circle, UC Santa Barbara completed the series sweep at UC Riverside with a 5-3 win on Sunday.

May 3, 2014
Gauchos Claim Both Wins in Doubleheader against Riverside
With dominant pitching, UC Santa Barbara (32-18, 12-5) cruised to two more victories in its doubleheader against fellow Big West opponent, UC Riverside (22-28, 3-14).

April 27, 2014
Gauchos Top Hawai'i 6-4, Clark Breaks Single Season Hits Record
UC Santa Barbara picked up their 30th win of the season with a 6-4 victory over Hawai'i in what was a historic game for freshman left fielder Kristen Clark. Coming into the game with 72 hits on the season, Clark would need four hits to pass current UCSB assistant coach Christine Ramos record of 75. Sure enough, Clark went 4-for-4 and her RBI single in the sixth inning gave her the record with hit number 76.

April 26, 2014
UCSB Splits Doubleheader with Hawai'i After Extra Inning Spectacles
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In a doubleheader highlighted by late game theatrics, UC Santa Barbara split a pair of high scoring decisions with Hawai’i at Campus Diamond.

April 23, 2014
UCSB Returns Home to Host Hawai’i
Last week, UCSB won its third consecutive conference series and second as the road team. After UC Davis dealt the Gauchos a decisive 5-2 loss in game one, UCSB responded with consecutive wins behind two outstanding pitching performances from Shelby Wisdom. The junior allowed just two earned runs in the second game and tossed a four-hit shutout in Saturday’s rubber game. Freshman Stacy Cavazos scored the game winning run to clinch the series, as Arianna Palomares drove her in on a sacrifice fly.

April 19, 2014
Palomares's Sacrifice Fly Lifts UCSB Over Davis 1-0
DAVIS, Calif. – Arianna Palomares’s sixth inning sacrifice fly was all UC Santa Barbara needed to clinch the series victory at UC Davis. The 1-0 game featured a pitcher’s duel between Shelby Wisdom and Dana Cruse who both put in complete game efforts.

April 18, 2014
Gauchos Split Opener at UC Davis
In the first game of a three game series at Big West foe UC Davis (15-25), UC Santa Barbara (26-17) was unable to produce much offensively, missing numerous scoring chances while falling 5-2. The loss ended a five game winning streak for the Gauchos, all in conference play.

April 17, 2014
UCSB Takes Five Game Winning Streak to Davis
Last week, UCSB made a jump in the conference standings after pulling off a series sweep at Cal State Northridge. Now with a 6-3 record, UCSB broke out of a three-way tie for fourth place last week and has elevated to the number two spot, as Long Beach State reamins atop the Big West at 9-0. The Gauchos have now taken four straight series victories from CSUN with two sweeps. UCSB has picked up five straight wins.

April 17, 2014
Kristen Clark Named Finalist for NFCA National Freshman of the Year
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kristen Clark was named a Top 25 Finalist for the National Freshman of the Year award it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. She is the first ever Gaucho to capture this honor.

April 14, 2014
Kathryn Pilpil Named Big West Field Player of the Week
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Kathryn Pilpil was named the Big West Field Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos with a .600 batting average, five runs, and three RBI in the team’s sweep of Cal State Northridge.

April 13, 2014
Gauchos Complete Series Sweep of Matadors
UC Santa Barbara took care of business for the third straight game against Cal Stat Northridge, defeating them 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. The Gauchos improve their overall record to 26-16 and 6-3 in conference play.

April 12, 2014
UCSB Sweeps Doubleheader at Northridge
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Behind a seven doubles, UC Santa Barbara tallied 16 runs in sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader at Cal State Northridge.

April 9, 2014
UCSB Looks to Climb Big West Standings at Northridge
Last week, UCSB wrapped up its nonconference schedule with visits to No. 3 Oregon and Oregon State. The Gauchos dropped all three contests and were dealt a 14-1 loss in their conference home opener against Cal Poly, but the team bounced back with back-to-back wins to end the weekend. In clinching the series victory over the Mustangs, UCSB looked to Shelby Wisdom in the circle who allowed Cal Poly just one run in the final two games. With a 3-3 Big West record, the Gauchos find themselves in a three-way tie for fourth place with Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly.

April 6, 2014
Gauchos Take Series With 2-1 Victory Over Cal Poly
UC Santa Barbara topped Cal Poly 2-1 in the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon at Campus Diamond. The Gauchos improve their record to 23-16 and 3-3 in Big West play.

April 5, 2014
Gauchos Split Doubleheader with Cal Poly in Big West Home Opener
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara split a doubleheader to open their three game series with Cal Poly at Campus Diamond on Saturday afternoon.

April 2, 2014
UCSB Dealt 8-1 Loss at Oregon State
Corvallis, Ore. – In concluding its nonconference schedule, UC Santa Barbara was dealt an 8-1 loss at Oregon State.

April 1, 2014
Gauchos Come Up Empty in Doubleheader Against Oregon
After kicking off Big West play this past weekend, UC Santa Barbara (21-13) fell in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader at No. 16 Oregon (31-4), losing 2-1 in extra innings. After the best start in school history, the Gauchos have now lost six of their last seven games.

March 31, 2014
UCSB Makes Oregon Road Swing, Hosts Cal Poly in Big West Home Opener
Last week, UCSB faced a loaded slate of road games with No. 1 UCLA and Cal State Fullerton in its Big West opening series. The Bruins downed the Gauchos convincinlgy in both games of their doubleheader as UCSB was held to a combined two runs. Against the Titans, Santa Barbara took the series opener with a 6-1 victory, but Fullerton took the series in winning the following two games. The Gauchos are now tied for fifth in the conference with Cal State Northridge.

March 30, 2014
UCSB Fall Short in High Scoring Bout with Fullerton
FULLERTON, Calif. – In a game that featured 18 runs and three grand slams, UC Santa Barbara fell short in the series rubber game with Cal State Fullerton, as the Titans outpaced the Gauchos on offense with an 11-7 victory. It was the highest scoring game the Gauchos have played in this season.

March 30, 2014
Gauchos Split First Conference Games with Fullerton
In their first two Big West conference games of the season, UC Santa Barbara (21-11) split their doubleheader against Cal State Fullerton (20-13-1), winning the first game 6-1 and falling in the second 10-0 in five innings.

March 26, 2014
UCSB Drops Both Games in Doubleheader at UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a doubleheader with No. 6 UCLA, UC Santa Barbara dropped both road decisions to the Bruins.

March 25, 2014
UCSB Faces UCLA, Opens Big West Play at Fullerton
In their final tournament of the season, the Gauchos finished with a 2-2 record over the weekend at the University of San Diego. UCSB swept the first day of the tournament with a pair of one-run victories against San Jose State and the Toreros. However, both teams evened the score on Sunday to put UCSB on a season-high two-game losing streak. Despite the losses, the Gauchos are still off to one of their best starts in program history at 20-8. The last time the team had as good a record through its first 28 games was in 2007, which was the last time UCSB competed in an NCAA Regional.

March 23, 2014
UCSB Drops Final Two Games of USD Tournament II
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara drops both games in the final day of the USD Tournament II with losses to San Jose State and host San Diego. Despite Sunday’s games, the Gauchos are off to one of their best starts in program history at 20-8. The team had an identical record through its first 28 games of the 2007 season, which was also the last time the Gauchos competed in an NCAA Regional.

March 23, 2014
Gauchos Open USD Tournament II With Two Victories
UC Santa Barbara (19-6) made use of another dominant pitching performance by Shelby Wisdom and a two run bomb by Emily Brucelas to defeat USD (14-13) by a score of 2-1 in the first game of the USD Tournament II. The Gauchos have now won eight of their last nine games.

March 19, 2014
UCSB Heads to San Diego for USD Tournament II
Last week, UCSB wrapped up its nonconference home schedule with the Gaucho Classic II. Santa Barbara outscored its first three opponents 27-5 and mercy ruled both Utah State and Portland State. Kathryn Pilpil led the Gauchos with both a .545 batting average and six runs. Behind her first triple of the season, Pilipil also led the team with a .909 slugging percentage.

March 17, 2014
Gauchos Fail to Sweep Gaucho Classic, Fall to Dartmouth
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On the final day of the second Gaucho Classic, UC Santa Barbara (18-6) came up short for the first time in their last eight games, losing to Dartmouth (6-8) 9-2. The Gauchos had won their previous three games in the Classic.

March 15, 2014
UCSB Off to Best Start in Program History, Crushes Portland State 13-2
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Capped off by Lauren Boser’s towering grand slam, UC Santa Barbara blew away Portland State 13-2 in six innings at Campus Diamond for its seventh straight win.

March 14, 2014
UCSB Wins Sixth Straight, Rally Past Monmouth 6-3
UC Santa Barbara (17-5) put together a big sixth inning rally to come from behind and defeat Monmouth (4-6) by a score of 6-3 on the second day of the Gaucho Classic II.

March 13, 2014
UCSB Opens Gaucho Classic II in Dominant 8-0 Shutout Over Utah State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Behind dominant performances at the plate and in the circle, Shelby Wisdom led UC Santa Barbara to an 8-0 shutout over Utah State in the Gaucho Classic II opener.

March 12, 2014
UCSB Returns Home to Host Gaucho Classic II
Last week, the Gauchos swept the competition at the Nevada Classic in picking up four wins. The Gauchos downed Nevada twice and scored 15 runs against the host team over the weekend., including a season-high nine-run performance in their second meeting. Against the Red Hawks, UCSB pulled off a pair of narrow two-run victories behind great starts in the circle from Andriana Collins. Santa Barbara has now won six of its past seven games.

March 9, 2014
UCSB Sweeps the Nevada Classic with 4-2 Win Over Seattle
RENO, Calif. – With a pair of home runs, UC Santa Barbara completed the sweep at the Nevada Classic with a 4-2 win over Seattle.

March 8, 2014
Gauchos Sweep Doubleheader in Nevada Classic
On the second day of the Nevada Classic, UC Santa Barbara (13-5) defeated Seattle University (10-12) by the final score of 2-0. The Gauchos have won seven of their last nine games and they snapped the Redhawks seven game win streak.

March 7, 2014
Gauchos Defeat Host Wolf Pack for Second Straight Week
In their first game of the Nevada Classic, UC Santa Barbara (12-5) took it to the host Wolf Pack (10-8), winning by a final score of 6-2. The win is the Gauchos second against Nevada in the last two weeks.

March 3, 2014
Kristen Clark Named Big West Player of the Week
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Freshman Kristen Clark was named the Big West Field Player of the Week after hitting .818 at the Louisville Slugger Invitational, it was announced by the conference on Monday.

March 2, 2014
Final Day of Louisville Slugger Invitational Cancelled
LONG BEACH, Calif. –Due to the persistent rain fall, UC Santa Barbara's game with Louisville has been cancelled at the Louisville Slugger Invitational. The tournament is officially over after several rain delays, as every game scheduled for Sunday has been called. The Gauchos finished 2-1 over the weekend and remain in first place in the Big West with their 11-5 record.

March 1, 2014
Gauchos Squeeze in One Game, Fall to Northwestern
After having a game cancelled yesterday and their originally scheduled first game of today postponed, UC Santa Barbara (11-5) struggled early against Northwestern (11-4), eventually falling 10-1 in 5 innings.

February 28, 2014
Oregon State Game Cancelled Due to Rain
LONG BEACH, Calif. –Heavy rains overnight have forced the cancellation of UC Santa Barbara's game with Oregon State at the Louisville Slugger Invitational. All three games scheduled to be played at the 49ers Softball Complex have been called today. Santa Barbara is still set to resume tournament play tomorrow with Louisville at 9 a.m. followed by a game against Northwestern at 11:30 a.m.

February 27, 2014
Gauchos Win First Two Games in Louisville Slugger Invitational
With a scoring frenzy in the top of the seventh, UC Santa Barbara (10-4) completed the 6-4, comeback victory over Nevada (10-6) to open the Louisville Slugger Invitational.

February 26, 2014
UCSB Set to Compete at Louisville Slugger Invitational
Last week, the Gauchos picked up three wins and fell only to nationally-ranked Florida State at the Unconquered Classic. UCSB’s weekend was highlighted by a 15-1 pummeling of Northern Iowa (UNI) in which it scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh. The Gauchos defeated UNI again the following day (3-2) and also opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Wichita State.The Seminoles were the only team to down UCSB in a 5-2 matchup that served as the last game of the weekend as all of Sunday’s games were called due to severe thunderstorms.

February 23, 2014
Florida A&M Game Cancelled Due to Severe Thunderstorms
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This morning’s game scheduled between UC Santa Barbara and Florida A&M has been cancelled due to a thunderstorm. The Gauchos are currently on their way back from Florida after going 3-1 at the Unconquered Classic. At 9-4, Santa Barbara now sits atop the Big West standings with a .692 winning percentage. Next week, UCSB will stay in California and compete in the Louisville Slugger Invitational at Long Beach State.

February 22, 2014
UCSB Opens Unconquered Classic 2-0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In opening the Unconquered Classic, UC Santa Barbara pulled out the tight 2-1 win over Wichita State behind strong performances in the circle from Andriaa Collins and Alex Pingree.

February 22, 2014
Gauchos Split Second Day of Unconquered Classic
The Gauchos notched their third straight victory to open the Unconquered Classic as they defeated Northern Iowa 3-2 on a walk-off single by Kathryn Pilpil in the eighth inning. UC Santa Barbara (9-3) has now won eight of their last nine games.

February 19, 2014
Gauchos Head to Florida State for Unconquered Classic
In its first tournament away from Campus Diamond, UCSB came up with a 4-1 finish, including a pair of shutouts, at the the Fresno State Kick-Off. The Gauchos were led by Big West Pitcher of the Week Shelby Wisdom who finished the weekend with a 1.25 ERA. The Gauchos picked up two wins against CSU Bakersfield, including their 6-0 shutout of the team this season, and also downed Sacramento State and Southern Utah. UCSB’s lone loss came in the finale against Fresno State who won 6-5 in eight innings.

February 17, 2014
Wisdom Named Big West Pitcher of the Week After 2-1 Weekend at Fresno State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a weekend highlighted by a complete game shutout, Shelby Wisdom was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the conference on Monday.

February 16, 2014
UCSB Falls 6-5 in Eight Inning Thriller at Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif. – In the final game of the Fresno State Kick-Off, UC Santa Barbara fell short against Fresno State in a 6-5, eight-inning battle on Sunday afternoon.

February 15, 2014
Gauchos Move to 4-0 in Fresno State Kick-Off
On the second day of the Fresno State Kick-Off, UC Santa Barbara (5-2) defeated CSU Bakersfield (2-8) by a score of 6-0. The victory makes it the Gauchos, third straight over the Roadrunners after they defeated them in the opener of the Fresno State Kick-Off and earlier in the season in the Gaucho Classic I.

February 14, 2014
Gauchos Sweep Day One of Fresno State Kick-Off
FRESNO, Calif. –In their first game of the Fresno State Kick-Off Classic, UC Santa Barbara (3-2) defeated CSU Bakersfield (2-5) by a score of 5-3. The win was their second straight over the Roadrunners this season going back to last week’s matchup at the Gaucho Classic I.

February 12, 2014
Gauchos to Compete in Fresno State Kick-Off
For the first time since 2009, UCSB opened its season at home by hosting the Gaucho Classic I. The team finished 2-2 on the weekend, including a dominant 6-0 shutout over CSU Bakersfield. Shelby Wisdom finished tournament play with two homers (both in the opener against Dayton) and hit for .417 while slugging at a .533 clip. Three freshmen also made their first collegiate starts at the Classic with Emily Brucelas impressing fans with a clutch solo shot to force extras in a nine-inning victory against Dayto

February 9, 2014
UCSB Ends Gaucho Classic I with 6-0 Win over Bakersfield
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Behind Shelby Wisdom’s two-hit shutout, UC Santa Barbara (2-2) concluded the Gaucho Classic I with a dominant 6-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield (2-4) at Campus Diamond.

February 8, 2014
UCSB Falls Again to Aggies in Gaucho Classic
In the second day of the Gaucho Classic, UC Santa Barbara (1-2) fell in their rematch with Texas A&M (4-0) by a score of 8-0. The Aggies talented offense continued to produce at an extraordinary rate, averaging just over 10 runs per game for the young season. The game ended after 6 innings as a result of the mercy rule.

February 7, 2014
UCSB Splits Day One of the Gaucho Classic
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For their first game of the 2014 season, the Gauchos topped Dayton 9-8 after nine innings of game action that featured two Shelby Wisdom homers, and a walk off double from Lauren Boser.

February 6, 2014
Gaucho Classic I to Feature No. 11 Texas A&M, Dayton, CSU Bakersfield
The Gauchos finished the 2013 season witha 31-24 record, which marks their second 30-plus win season in a row. The team finished fourth in the Big West standings behind Hawai’i (1), Long Beach State (2), and Cal State Fullerton (3). Five Gauchos were named to the all-conference team, as Jessica Soria and Shelby Wisdom made the second-team while Lauren Boser, Keilani Jennings, and Alex Pingree were honorable mentions. Jennings finished last season as UCSB’s all-time home runs leader with 31.