Gauchos Open 15-Game Road Swing at San Diego Classic

Gauchos Open 15-Game Road Swing at San Diego Classic

Feb. 16, 2011

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• The Schedule
San Diego Classic I at USD Softball Complex
Friday, February 18, 2011

UC Santa Barbara (5-0) vs. Howard (0-0), 9 am
All-time series record vs. Bison: First Meeting

UC Santa Barbara vs. Sacramento State (0-2), 11:30 am
All-time series record vs. Hornets: 20-14
Last time vs. Hornets: L, 5-2 (Mar. 12, 2010)

Saturday, February 19, 2011
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 15 Cal (3-1), 2 pm
All-time series record vs. Bears: 3-16
Last time vs. Bears: L, 2-0 (Feb. 10, 2007)

Sunday, February 20, 2011
UC Santa Barbara vs. Northwestern (3-2), 9 am
All-time series record vs. Wildcats: 2-4
Last time vs. Wildcats: L, 8-1 (May 20, 2004)

UC Santa Barbara vs. San Diego (0-0), 11:30 am
All-time series record vs. Toreros: 11-3
Last time vs. Toreros: W, 6-1 (Mar. 23, 2010)

• Gauchos Hit The Road
After a perfect opening weekend at home, UCSB will hit the road for a three-week road trip that will feature 15 games. The Gauchos start their road swing at the San Diego Classic being co-hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State. UCSB will play all five of its games at the USD Softball Complex.

• A Perfect Start
After sweeping all five games at the Gaucho Classic I last weekend, UCSB is out to a 5-0 start on the season. This start is the best by the program since 2003 when the Gauchos also posted five consecutive wins to open the year. The best season-opening win streak by UCSB was eight victories in 1997.

• We're Going Streaking
UCSB is currently amidst a six-game win streak dating back to its 2010 finale at UC Davis. The streak is the longest since the 2008 season when the Gauchos won eight straight from Mar. 26 through April 6.

• Hit Parade
The Gauchos' 17 hits in Sunday's win over Seattle University were just two shy of the school record for hits in a game, which was set against San Diego (Feb. 8, 2003). The last time UCSB had 17 hits in a contest was in an 11-7 win over Cal State Fullerton (May 10, 2008). The Gauchos' offensive performance was impressive considering they were able to tally all of their hits in just four innings. The 10-0 win marked the Gauchos' largest margin of victory since an 11-1 win over Idaho State on Mar. 5, 2010.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple enough formula. UCSB scored first in each of its contests last weekend and never trailed. The Gauchos scored their first run in each game by the third inning and tallied the game-winning run in three of their wins no later than the third.

• Turning Up The AC
Freshman pitcher Andriana Collins got out to a 3-0 start to her collegiate career after posting wins over Western Kentucky, Wichita State and Seattle. She allowed just two earned runs on seven hits across the three games and posted a 0.74 ERA. She also limited her opposition to a .188 batting average. The Fairfield, Calif. native also posted 18 strikeouts with an early career-high of seven against Wichita State. Collins' 3-0 start is the best by a freshman pitcher since MeLinda Matsumoto went 6-0 to open the year in 2007.

• They Were Merely Freshmen
Collins wasn't the only freshman to begin her career with a bang, her classmates McKenzie Kane, Kathryn Pilpil and Lauren Boser started all five games last week. Kane, the leadoff hitter, led the squad with her .474 average and her nine hits. She was one of two players - along with Jessica Beristianos - to tally a hit in every game and leads the team with three multiple-hit outings. Pilpil is fifth on the team with her .357 average and is tied for the team-lead in runs (5) with Kane and RBI (4) with Keilani Jennings. The second baseman also had a pair of RBI in two games: the second contest against Wichita State and against Seattle. Boser hit .313 for the weekend with two RBI.

• Coming Up Big
While the numbers from the Gaucho freshmen were exemplary over the weekend, UCSB relied on its veterans for clutch hits. Sophomores Keilani Jennings and Kelly McDonald each provided two game-winning RBI. Jennings drove in the game-winning runs in both games against Wichita State while McDonald provided a solo homer in the 1-0 victory over Western Kentucky and then drove Boser home with the game-winning RBI double against Seattle University on Sunday. Junior Lainey DePompa broke the 2-2 tie with WKU in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single.

• Super Senior
Jessica Beristianos had a great weekend at the plate for the Gauchos. The third baseman recorded a hit in every game to stretch her current hit streak to eight games dating back to the final 2010 series at UC Davis. She batted .400 this weekend - which is tied for second on the team with Keilani Jennings - scored two runs, posted a double and two RBI. Her double in the 1-0 win over Western Kentucky marked the 34th of her career, which ties her for fourth in the UCSB record books with Tiffany Wright (2006-09). Beristianos needs eight more to tie No. 1 Mandy Edwards (1997-2000). She also moved to eighth for career RBI (78) and needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Edwards; Kendra Wood (1997-2000) owns the school record with a whopping 130.

• In The Circle With Krista
Two-time All-Big West honoree Krista Cobb also got out to a perfect start in the circle recording a 2-0 record. She helped the Gauchos to wins over Wichita State and Western Kentucky while recording a 1.50 ERA. Cobb posted her 12th career shutout in the game against the Hilltoppers and is now three away from tying Stacy Atwood (1993-96) for sixth in the UCSB record books.

• Next Stop: Cathedral City
Following this weekend's tournament, the Gauchos will head to the Cathedral City Classic where they will face their arguably fiercest opposition to date. UCSB is slated to play No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Tennessee, Long Island, Ohio State, Utah and Loyola Marymount during the weekend of Feb. 24-27.

• The Galicinao File
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her fourth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, has coached the Gauchos to a 76-86 cumulative record for a .469 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, one Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and 16 All-Big West Conference selections. In 2008, Galicinao was named the Big West Co-Coach of the Year after her first season leading the Gauchos.

• Gauchos.360
The Gaucho softball team has entered the blogsphere. Several members of the team are contributing regularly to "Gauchos.360" filling in UCSB fans on their student-athlete experience. To check it out visit click here.

• Tweet, Tweet
Head coach Brie Galicinao is on Twitter. To get her insights and updates throughout the season (and the rest of the year), follow her here.

• Get Your Tickets
Tickets for all of the Gauchos' home contests this season are now available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.