February 23, 2011

Road Swing Continues at Cathedral City Classic

Feb. 23, 2011

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• The Schedule
Cathedral City Classic
Thursday, February 24, 2011

UC Santa Barbara (6-2) vs. No. 18/19 Oklahoma State (8-2), 10 am
All-time series record vs. Cowgirls: 3-3
Last time vs. Cowgirls: W, 7-2 (Feb. 12, 2006)

UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 10/8 Tennessee (8-2), 3:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Lady Vols: First Meeting

Friday, February 25, 2011
UC Santa Barbara vs. Long Island (2-8), 10 am
All-time series record vs. Blackbirds: First Meeting

Saturday, February 26, 2011
UC Santa Barbara vs. Ohio State (4-6), 12:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Buckeyes: 1-1
Last time vs. Buckeyes: L, 5-3 (Feb. 22, 2009)

Sunday, February 27, 2011
UC Santa Barbara vs. Utah (5-6), 1 pm
All-time series record vs. Utes: 0-6
Last time vs. Utes: L, 3-1 (Apr. 25, 2003)

UC Santa Barbara vs. Loyola Marymount (5-4), 3 pm
All-time series record vs. Lions: 19-14
Last time vs. Lions: L, 11-4 (Mar. 14, 2008)

• No Time To Unpack
UC Santa Barbara will continue its three-week road swing as it heads to the Cathedral City Classic where the Gauchos face a slate of six games. UCSB will see some heavy competition in No. 118/19 Oklahoma State and perennial powerhouse No. 10/8 Tennessee on Thursday before taking-on Long Island, Ohio State, Utah and Loyola Marymount across the following three days.

• Starting Off On The Right Foot
The Gauchos stretched their win streak to seven straight games (dating back to the 2010 season finale) with an 8-0 win over Howard on Friday at the San Diego Classic. UCSB's perfect record was snapped, though, with narrow losses to Sacramento State, 6-5, and No. 15 Cal, 2-1. UCSB now stands at 6-2 on the season, which is the best start in head coach Brie Galicinao's tenure.

• Notes From The Circle
Pitchers Andriana Collins (4-2) and Krista Cobb (2-0) have combined for a 1.19 ERA, which is tops in the Big West Conference. Meanwhile, Collins' 0.91 ERA, four wins and 38.1 innings pitched lead the league. Collins and Cobb have combined for three shutouts - Collins blanked Howard and Seattle and Cobb shut out Western Kentucky - which already exceeds the two shutouts the Gauchos posted during the 2010 campaign.

• We're Going Streaking
Freshman McKenzie Kane has opened her collegiate career in strong fashion. The outfielder has tallied at least one hit in all eight of the Gauchos' games and leads the team in multiple hit games (4). Meanwhile, junior Brooke Putich has put together a seven-game hit streak with three multiple-hit outings.

• One Run Can Make All The Difference
Five of the Gauchos' eight games this season have been decided by one run. UCSB is 3-2 in those contests.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple enough formula. In each of the Gauchos' six wins this season, they have been the first to get on the scoreboard and have never trailed.

• Hit Parade
UCSB has out-hit its opposition in all eight games this season, even edging out Sac State (8-7) and Cal (5-4) in hits during its losses last weekend. The Gauchos are second among Big West teams in hits - behind Long Beach State - with 71.

• Brooke's Bat
Junior Brooke Putich had a big weekend in San Diego. The 2010 All-Big West pick led the Gauchos with her .500 batting average, five hits and six RBI. She went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base against Howard. In the following game against Sac State, she was 2-for-3 with a triple and a career-high five RBI. She capped the weekend with one of the Gauchos' five hits against Cal. Putich now leads the team with her .417 season batting average and eight RBI.

• Kane Is Able
McKenzie Kane has posted a team-leading 13 hits, which ranks second among Big West players. Her .406 batting is second on the team as are her five runs.

• Sophomore Shortstop Stories
Sophomore Keilani Jennings has reached base safely in seven of the Gauchos' eight games. In fact, her .448 on-base percentage is second on the team. The shortstop is batting .360, good for third, and has had at least one hit in six games. She is also tied for second on the team in walks (4) and is tied for third in runs (4). Her five RBI are third on the squad.

• Walk It Out
Freshman Kathryn Pilpil leads the Big West with her eight walks. She drew four over the weekend, including two against Howard. Her patience paid off against Cal as she waited out 13 pitches with the bases loaded to earn the walk that scored the Gauchos' lone run of the game. Pilpil leads the squad with her .500 on-base percentage and six runs. She is second in RBI with six.

• Super Senior
Jessica Beristianos saw her nine-game hitting streak - dating back to the 2010 season - snapped against Sac State, but not before registering a 2-for-4 performance against Howard. One of the senior's two hits against the Bison was her 35th career double, which ties her for third in the UCSB record books with Jami Trinidad (2000-03). Beristianos needs seven more to tie No. 1 Mandy Edwards (1997-2000). She currently is eighth for career RBI (79) and needs two more to move into a tie for seventh with Edwards; Kendra Wood (1997-2000) owns the school record with a whopping 130. The third baseman is fifth on the team batting .308. Her eight hits rank fourth among the Gauchos.

• Two For One
UCSB ranked ninth nationally and set a program record in 2010 with its 23 double plays turned. The Gauchos could already be well on their way to breaking that record. UCSB has turned six double plays this season, including three against Cal on Sunday. That makes for a .75 per game average.

• 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 77-88 cumulative record for a .467 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.

• Next Stop: Fullerton
Following this weekend's tournament, the Gauchos will head to the DeMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton. UCSB will face Oregon State, IPFW, Stanford and Southern Miss at the three-day tournament.

• 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.