UCSB Returns to Campus Diamond to Host Gaucho Classic

Feb. 24, 2010

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• The Schedule
Gaucho Classic at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Diamond
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Drexel (1-3) at UC Santa Barbara (4-7), 9 a.m.
Series record vs. Dragons: First Meeting

North Dakota State (5-5) at UC Santa Barbara, 11:30 a.m.
Series record vs. Bison: First Meeting

Friday, February 26, 2010
Wisconsin (3-7) at UC Santa Barbara, 8:30 a.m.
Series record vs. Badgers: 1-0
Last time vs. Badgers: W, 8-7 (Mar. 10, 2000)

Saturday, February 27, 2010
North Dakota State at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
Wisconsin at UC Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Memphis (5-3) at UC Santa Barbara, 11:30 a.m.
Series record vs. Tigers: First Meeting

For the complete tournament schedule, Gametracker links and up-to-date results, click here.

• Hostess' With The Mostest
UCSB will play host to the Gaucho Classic this week, a four-day tournament at Campus Diamond that is made up of five teams playing in 13 games. In addition to the Gauchos, Drexel, North Dakota State, Wisconsin and Memphis will all be in attendance. UCSB is slated to play Wisconsin and North Dakota State twice during the tournament and will play single games against Drexel and Memphis.

• For The Record
After jumping out to a 4-1 start on the season two weeks ago, UCSB has fallen to 4-7 after dropping all six of last week's games. The Gauchos were swept by then-ranked No. 4 UCLA in a doubleheader on Wednesday and then dropped games to San Diego State, No. 1 Washington, Penn State and Western Kentucky at the Campbell/Cartier Classic. The Gauchos' current six-game losing skid is the longest during head coach Brie Galicinao's tenure. The last time they dropped six straight was between Mar. 31 and Apr. 7, 2007.

• Struggling To Score
So far this season, UCSB has been outscored by its opposition 73-22 and 50-3 across last week's six games. The Gauchos have been shutout three times already this year after being held scoreless just six times in 2009.

• Coach's Corner
Head coach Brie Galicinao, who is now in her third season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, recorded her 60th win when the Gauchos defeated Utah Valley on Feb. 13. Galicinao has coached the Gauchos to a 60-56 cumulative record for a .517 winning percentage, the second best by a UCSB coach 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 12 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.

• Senior Standout
Senior Jessica Ziegler had a team-leading four hits, two runs and two stolen bases across last week's six games. The senior is amidst a three game hitting streak and has hit safely in eight of the Gauchos' 11 games this season. Her nine hits are tied for first on the team while her six runs and five stolen bags are both team highs.

• Record Watch
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, the infielder is currently making herself a fixture in the UCSB record books. She is currently seventh all-time for career runs (81) and is just three away from matching sixth-ranked Brittany Putich's (2004-07) career output. She also ranks 10th in program history for career stolen bases with 34 and is just one away from tying ninth-ranked Davis Beck (2001-04).

• I'm Lovin' It
Freshman Kelly McDonald is currently tied for first on the team with nine hits and has a team-best six RBI and 12 total bases. The designated player leads all starters with her .273 batting average and is the only player to post multiple hits in more than one game this season; she has had a pair of hits in four games, including two hits against Western Kentucky this past Saturday.

• On The Verge
Junior Jessica Beristianos is just two RBI away from cracking the UCSB career top-10 list. The infielder has posted 58 during her career with the Gauchos.

• Mercy Me!
UCSB has been the victim of four mercy-rule losses this season, the most suffered in a single season by the team in the last 10 years. The run-rule, which ends the game if one team has an eight-run lead after five innings, cut both of the Gauchos' games with UCLA short, as well as their games with BYU and Washington. Each of those teams are currently ranked in the nation's top-25.

• Looking On The Bright Side, Pt. 1
With their string of recent losses, the Gauchos have fallen behind their opposition in most statistical categories, but there are three areas where UCSB has a slight edge over its competition: stolen bases (11 vs. 10), putouts (203 vs. 201) and assists (91 vs. 59).

• Looking On The Bright Side, Pt. 2
UCSB leads the Big West for chances (306), putouts, assists and fielding double plays (8). The Gauchos also currently rank second in the conference for stolen bases.

• Sharing The Circle
Gaucho pitchers Krista Cobb, MeLinda Matsumoto and Lindsey Correa have been splitting innings in the UCSB circle pretty evenly so far this season. Cobb leads the team with seven appearances and she and Matsumoto have each earned four starts. Cobb has posted a team-leading 20 strikeouts. Correa, who has made four appearances and three starts, has a team-best 5.25 ERA and .303 opponent batting average.

• Preseason Predictions
In the Big West Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released prior to the start of the season, UCSB was picked to repeat as the conference's fourth place team this year. The Gauchos garnered 43 points in the poll, 13 points behind first-place Cal Poly. Long Beach State (51 points) and Cal State Fullerton (50 points) were ranked second and third, respectively.

• 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.

• 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 click, here.

• On The Road Again
Following this weekend's tournament, UCSB will hit the road once again, this time the destination will be Tempe, Ariz. The Gauchos are slated to play a single game against No. 7/10 Arizona State on Thursday, March 5 before taking part in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational the following three days. UCSB will play Creighton, Idaho State, Samford, Northern Iowa and host Arizona State during the tourney.

• Get Your Tickets
Tickets for all of the Gauchos' home contests this season - including passes to this week's four-day Gaucho Classic - 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.