DeMarini Invitational Next Up for Gauchos

March 2, 2011

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• The Schedule
DeMarini Invitational • Fullerton, Calif.
Friday, March 4, 2011

UC Santa Barbara (9-5) vs. Oregon State (5-4), 1:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Beavers: 7-9
Last time vs. Beavers: L, 3-2 (Apr. 30, 2007)

Saturday, March 5, 2011
UCSB vs. IPFW (4-0-1), 9 am
All-time series record vs. Mastodons: First meeting

UCSB vs. Stanford (12-3), 11:15 am
All-time series record vs. Cardinal: 7-11
Last time vs. Cardinal: L., 7-0 (Mar. 27, 2010)

Sunday, March 6, 2011
UCSB vs. Southern Miss (8-6), 9 am
All-time series record vs. Golden Eagles: First meeting

• On The Road Again
UC Santa Barbara will conclude its three-week road swing at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. this weekend. The Gauchos are slated to face Oregon State, IPFW, No. 16/14 Stanford and Southern Miss during the three-day tournament.

• For The Record
UCSB is off to a 9-5 start to the season after splitting six games at last week's Cathedral City Classic. This is UCSB's best start since the 2009 season when it also went 9-5 in its first 14 contests.

• Leading The Pack
UCSB is currently leading the Big West both offensively and defensively. The Gauchos are tops in batting (.313), hits (117), doubles (22), RBI (59) and runs scored (66), while tying for the lead in triples (2). UCSB also leads the league in ERA (2.74), fielding (.975) and double plays (7). The Gauchos' nine wins, meanwhile, are tied with Long Beach, which is also 9-5 on the year.

• Terrific Turnaround
The Gauchos seem to be on their way to bouncing back from a lackluster 2010 season. With 41 games still slated this season, UCSB is just six wins away from matching last year's total victories. The Gauchos are half way to matching their total runs (125) and RBI (106) from last season, while just seven doubles away from tying their 2010 total.

• Notes From The Circle
Despite facing some potent offenses last weekend, UCSB continues to lead the Big West with its combined 2.74 ERA. Krista Cobb (2.72) and Andriana Collins (2.75) rank second and third, respectively, in the league in ERA. Cobb, who has gone 3-2 this season, is tops with her .198 opposing batting average. Collins, meanwhile, leads the Big West in innings pitched (61), strikeouts (50) and wins; she is 6-3 on the year.

• Hit Parade
UCSB has out-hit its opposition in 11 of its 14 contests this season. In fact, the Gauchos led the hits battle in its first eight contests before being out-hit by Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Long Island. Against Loyola Marymount in Sunday's tournament closer, UCSB posted 14 hits, its second highest total of the season behind the Gauchos' 17 against Seattle University on Feb. 13.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple enough formula. UCSB has gone 8-0 in games that it has scored first in. The win against Utah on Sunday marked the Gauchos' first come from behind victory this year.

• The Super Six
UCSB has six players (that have started at least half of its games) batting over .300 this season, which is a drastic improvement over the 2010 season when just one Gaucho - Jessica Ziegler - had an above .300 average. McKenzie Kane (.412), Brooke Putich (.341), Kathryn Pilpil (.333), Lauren Boser (.326), Allison Taylor (.318) and Keilani Jennings (.310) lead the Gauchos at the plate.

• Kane Is Able
Freshman McKenzie Kane leads the Gauchos with her .412 batting average, 21 hits and 22 total bases. She is also tops in the Big West in hits while ranking fourth in batting and total bases and sixth in stolen bases (3). The center fielder has posted a team-best six multiple hit games and has had at least one hit in all but one game (Tennessee, Feb. 24). Prior to that game, she posted a nine-game hit streak - the second longest by a Gaucho this season - and she is currently amidst a four-game streak.

• Brooke's Bat
Junior Brooke Putich has been one of the steadiest Gauchos this season. The outfielder is second on the team with her .341 batting average, tied second with 14 hits, tied first with four stolen bases and is third with nine RBI. Putich extended her hitting streak to a season-best 10 games last weekend, before it was snapped against Ohio State, a game in which she was walked three times.

• Taylor Made
Junior Allison Taylor had a monster weekend for the Gauchos at the plate. After sitting out the first two games of the tournament, she stepped in for the final four and batted .364 with a team-leading .500 on-base percentage. She earned a walk and scored a run against Long Island and the following day against Ohio State she went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and another two RBI and a run. The following game, she led the Gauchos to the win over Utah, breaking a 2-2 tie with a two-RBI single. The Gauchos have posted a 7-1 record in the games that Taylor has started this year.

• Popping Pilpils
Freshman Kathryn Pilpil leads UCSB in on-base percentage at .471 and its really no wonder why. In addition to leading the Big West with her 11 walks, she is tied fourth among the Gauchos with her 13 hits. She is efficient while on the base paths, leading the team in runs (10) and stolen bases (4). Pilpil is hitting a solid .333 on the season and leads the squad with her 11 RBI.

• The Best of Boser
Lauren Boser had a big weekend in Palm Springs as the freshman batted .412 across six games with a team-leading seven RBI along with seven hits, three runs, two doubles, a walk, a sacrifice hit and a hit by pitch. She had two RBI in the win over Long Island and topped that with three against Ohio State, a game in which she went 2-for-3 with two runs, a sacrifice and a career-best three RBI. In the tourney closer, she posted a career-best three hits and two doubles and drove home two runs. Boser now leads the Gauchos with her four multiple RBI games. The first baseman is tied fifth in the Big West in RBI (10) and tied sixth in hits (14). Defensively, she paces the league in chances (112), putouts (107) and double plays (6).

• Record Watch
Jessica Beristianos tallied doubles in consecutive games last Sunday to bring her career count to 37, which ties Kendra Wood (1997-2000) for second all-time in the UCSB history book. The senior needs just five more to tie the school record set by 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.

• Two For One
UCSB ranked ninth nationally and set a program record in 2010 with its 23 double plays turned. The Gauchos could very well break that record this year. UCSB has turned seven double plays, including three against Cal on Feb. 20.

• 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 80-91 cumulative record for a .468 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.

• There's No Place Like Home
Following this weekend's tournament, the Gauchos will finally return home to Campus Diamond where they hold a blemish-free 5-0 record. UCSB will host UNLV, Wisconsin and San Diego during the Gaucho Classic II, which will be held March 11-13.

• 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.

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