Feb. 11, 2009
Games No. 5-6
Campbell/Cartier Classic (San Diego, Calif.)
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
UCSB vs. No. 8 Stanford, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
UCSB vs. No. 10 Washington, 9 a.m.
UCSB vs. Utah State, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
UCSB vs. Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
UCSB at No. 24 San Diego State, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009
UCSB vs. No. 8 Stanford, 9 a.m.
Another Weekend, Another Tournament
The UC Santa Barbara softball team will carry its perfect 4-0 record into this week's Campbell/Cartier Classic being hosted by San Diego State. The Gauchos are scheduled to play a total of six games over the four-day tourney, including four games against ranked opposition.
Now That's How You Open A Season!
The Gauchos opened the 2009 season with a bang as they won four straight at the Kajikawa Classic that was hosted by Arizona State this past weekend. UCSB defeated Oregon - a team that is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Poll - 4-2, Wichita State 8-5, McNeese State, 9-2, and Wagner, 7-0. The Gauchos were scheduled to play Penn State and then-ranked No. 7 Arizona in the final day of the tournament before the games were cancelled due to rain.
Freshman Racks Up Weekly Honors
Just one week into her collegiate career, freshman pitcher Krista Cobb has already earned a pair of weekly accolades. After tossing the first perfect game in UCSB's history as a Division I program in her first collegiate start against Wagner last Saturday, Cobb earned Big West Co-Pitcher of the Week honors and was also named UCSBgauchos.com/Golden I Athlete of the Week.
In addition to tossing a perfect game on Saturday, Krista Cobb closed the Gauchos' Friday contest with Wichita State. She allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three in the final two innings against the Shockers, earning the win. The righty is now 2-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
Following its four consecutive wins last weekend, UCSB got a nod of recognition from the nation's coaches in the form of votes in Tuesday's USA Today/NFCA Top-25 poll. The Gauchos received a total of 21 points and fell into the "other's receiving votes" category. This is the first time UCSB has received votes in a national poll since Feb. 13, 2007 when they garnered votes in the ESPN.com poll.
The Big 4-0!
UCSB's 4-0 start to this season is its best since 2003 when the Gauchos opened the year with five consecutive wins. The best start to a season in program history was eight straight wins by the 1987 squad.
Class of 2012
Cobb was not the only freshman that made a statement in her collegiate debut . The Gaucho freshmen were accountable for 12 of the Gauchos' 28 runs, 11 of 40 hits, five of seven home runs and 12 of their 26 RBI over the weekend.
Paving The Path
Freshman shortstop Keilani Jennings leads the Gauchos - and the Big West - with her five runs, eight RBI, three home runs and 15 total bases. She hit .417 over the weekend and posted a team-leading 1.250 slugging percentage. In the game against Wichita State, she went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Her third homer came in the win over McNeese State.
Home Run Hitters
The Gauchos combined for a conference-leading seven home runs last weekend including four in the win over Wichita State. In addition to Jennings' three round trippers, freshman Amanda Ziegler had two against the Shockers and sophomore Jessica Beristianos had two: one against Wichita State and one in the season-opener against Oregon. At this pace, the Gauchos could be well on their way to breaking their school home run record set last season at 38.
While the Gauchos' big bats and pitching garnered a lot of attention last weekend, leadoff hitter Christine Ramos was a consistent presence at the plate for UCSB. Ramos led the team with nine hits - with multiple hits in three games - and her .600 batting average. She also scored three runs and went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
Ramos Record Watch
Christine Ramos is currently just 16 hits away from Tonya Dias' school record of 208 career hits and is now tied for seventh with Dias on the UCSB career stolen base list with 39. She currently ranks fourth with 88 runs scored, 22 runs away from tying Leslie Simien's No. 3 ranking at 110 runs. Additionally, she ranks first for career batting with a .353 average.
The combination of Ramos and the Gauchos' No. 2 batter, Jessica Ziegler, accounted for seven runs, 17 hits, three RBI, 17 total bases and four stolen bases over the weekend. Ziegler hit .533 across the four contests and was errorless at first base. She went 3-for-4 at the plate against both McNeese State and Wagner.
Collectively, the UCSB pitching staff holds a 2.89 ERA and .210 opponent's batting average. MeLinda Matsumoto pitched a complete game in the win over Oregon, allowing two earned runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Tami Weston pitched a complete game in the win over McNeese State. She allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
UCSB will play 14 more games on the road - including 12 games in the next two weeks - before hosting its home opener against San Diego on Mar. 11 at Campus Diamond.
In the 2009 Big West Coaches Preseason Poll, the Gauchos were picked to finish third - tied with Cal Poly - out of the conference's eight teams. UCSB picked up one first-place vote while Long Beach State received the other seven. Cal State Fullerton was picked to finish second. The poll, however, isn't always the best indicator of how a season will end up. In 2008, UCSB was picked seventh in the preseason poll before taking second in conference. The Gauchos will open their 2009 Big West schedule against UC Riverside on Mar. 28-29 at Campus Diamond.
We're Going Streaking
Jessica Ziegler is currently amidst a seven-game hitting streak carried over from the 2008 season. Christine Ramos had hits in all four of last weekend's games and Mary Episcopo and Keilani Jennings have had hits in each of the last three contests.
Cutting Down The Cardinal
No. 8 Stanford enters the weekend with a 4-1 record, after participating in the Kajikawa Classic last weekend. Three of Stanford's victories were run-rule wins and its lone loss was a 1-0 defeat to Oklahoma State. The Cardinal are led by senior pitcher Missy Penna and junior catcher Rosey Neill, who swept the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week awards. Penna threw four complete games and threw a no-hitter against Kansas. Neill hit .500 during the opening weekend with seven RBI. Stanford owns a 9-7 record during the all-time series with the Gauchos.
What About Washington?
No. 10 Washington enters this weekend with a 5-0 record after going undefeated at the Red Desert Classic last weekend in St. George, Utah. Ashley Charters led the Huskies batting .429 across their five games with six runs, a homer and four RBI. In the circle, Danielle Lawrie posted three of Washington's five wins, gave up just two earned runs on eight hits and posted 36 K's. Washington holds a 3-0 series advantage over the Gauchos.
About The Aggies
Utah State enters this weekend with a 2-3 record. Megan McDonald led the team last weekend at the Red Desert Classic, batting .500 across the five contests with one home run and three RBI. In the circle, Kate Greenough saw the most innings and posted a 1-1 record with a 2.15 ERA and 12 K's. Utah State holds a 32-25 series advantage over the Gauchos.
Long Beach State - which is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Poll - went 2-2 at the Cathedral City Classic last weekend. Danielle Linke led the team batting .533 over the weekend with four runs, a home run and three RBI. 2008 Big West Pitcher of the Year, Brooke Turner, posted a 1-1 record and a 4.72 ERA during her 13.1 innings. She gave up nine earned runs on 16 hits and posted 15 strikeouts. Long Beach State holds a 66-25-1 series advantage over the Gauchos.
Azk Me About The Aztecs
No. 24 San Diego State enters this weekend with a 2-2 mark. Erin Floros led the Aztecs last weekend batting .455 with a home run and six RBI. In the circle, Bailey Micetich went 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA and seven strikeouts. UCSB holds a 26-23 series advantage over the Aztecs.
For a chance to catch all of the Gauchos' games at Campus Diamond this season, the UCSB Athletics Department is, for the first-time, offering season tickets. Ticket prices are $50 for adults, $40 seniors (55 and over) and $24 youth (13 and under) and include all 16 home contests. With the purchase of a season ticket, you will also receive a free UCSB visor. Call (805) 893-UCSB or visit UCSBgauchos.com to purchase tickets.
On The Horizon
UCSB will head to the Cathedral City Classic next week where they will take on NC State, Maryland, Tennessee Tech, Kansas, Nevada and Ohio State during the four-day tournament that runs Feb. 19-22.