Gauchos Headed to Sin City for UNLV Invite

Gauchos Headed to Sin City for UNLV Invite

March 4, 2009

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• The Schedule
Game Nos. 19-22

at Eller Media Stadium (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Friday, Mar. 6, 2009
UCSB at UNLV, 1 p.m.
UCSB vs. Texas Tech, 3:15 p.m.
Games available on Gametracker

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2009
UCSB vs. Notre Dame, 12:15 p.m.
UCSB at UNLV, 2:30 p.m.
Games available on Gametracker

• Viva Las Vegas!
UC Santa Barbara will play in its final tournament of the regular season this weekend when the Gauchos head to the UNLV Invite being held at Eller Media Stadium. The Gauchos will face the host Rebels and Texas Tech on Friday and will play Notre Dame and UNLV on Saturday.

• Last Time Out
UCSB won a series at Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. The Gauchos split a doubleheader on Saturday taking game one by way of a 4-3 score before dropping game two, 7-6, in nine innings. On Sunday, Santa Barbara shut out the Roadrunners 6-0 to capture the rubber game.

• For The Record
UCSB currently holds an 11-7 overall record and has won six of its last nine contests. Four of the Gauchos' seven losses have come to teams that were ranked at the time of the pairing or are now currently ranked in the NFCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll (Stanford, Washington, San Diego State and Ohio State).

• Ramos Breaks UCSB Career Hits Record
Senior second baseman Christine Ramos broke the UCSB career hits record on Sunday against Bakersfield as she posted her 209th hit while wearing the blue and gold. The previous record had been held by Tonya Dias (1997-2000) at 208 career hits. Ramos needs 36 hits to crack the Big West career top-10.

• Offensive Behavior
UCSB currently leads the Big West Conference in several statistical categories. The Gauchos rank first in runs (88), hits (144), RBI (81), home runs (12), total bases (198), walks (52) and stolen bases (21).

• Ramos Record Watch
In addition to the Gaucho hits record, Ramos is climbing her way up several other UCSB career top-10 lists. She ranks fourth in runs and is just two away from becoming the fourth Gaucho to tally 100+ career runs. She also moved into third last weekend with 44 career stolen bases, surpassing Lori Sanchez's (1982-83) 43. Additionally, she ranks first in career batting with a .353 average.

• Century Club
Senior center fielder Tiffany Wright had five RBI during last week's series at Bakersfield. The handful brought her career count to 101 RBI, which ranks third on the UCSB career top-10 list. She is one of just three Gauchos to ever surpass 100 career RBI. The record stands at 130 and was set by Kendra Wood (1997-2000). Wright is UCSB's career home run record-holder (25) and is now just two shy of making the Big West's career top-10 list.

• Take Me To Your Leader
Christine Ramos currently has a team-leading .388 batting average and 13 runs. She also leads the team and the Big West with 26 hits and eight stolen bases.

• The Wright Stuff
After getting off to a somewhat slow start to the season, 2008 Big West Field Player of the Year Tiffany Wright has found her rhythm over the last several weeks at the plate. Last weekend, she led the team batting .500 across the series with the Roadrunners. She posted a team-leading six hits, five runs, one homer and five RBI. Overall, she is hitting .270 on the season and is second on the team with 12 runs and 15 RBI.

• No Sophomore Slump Here
Sophomore infielder Jessica Beristianos currently leads UCSB with 16 RBI and nine extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple and three home runs). She is batting .333 which is a vast improvement upon her .260 average from last season. Currently, she is just five runs, four doubles, one homer and seven RBI away from tying her totals from 2008.

• Who Does No. 2 Work For?
Junior first baseman Jessica Ziegler, who bats in the number two spot behind Ramos, is second on the team behind the leadoff hitter for batting (.364), hits (24) and stolen bases (3). She posted a .417 average over last weekend's games. She also leads the squad with 31 putouts and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

• Correa Blanks The Competition
Junior hurler Lindsey Correa improved to 2-0 on the season after tossing a complete game shutout against Bakersfield on Sunday. She allowed just two hits while walking one and striking out four. She is third on the team with a 3.61 ERA and is second with 16 K's. The shutout was the seventh of her career and she is just one shy of making the UCSB career shutouts list.

• Freshman Phenom
Freshman Krista Cobb - who has already been named Big West Pitcher of the Week twice during her young career - leads the Gaucho pitching staff with her 2.02 ERA and 31 strikeouts, ranking fourth and eighth in the conference in those categories, respectively. She has posted a 6-2 record in her 11 appearances and in her first collegiate start on Feb. 7, she pitched UCSB's first-ever perfect game vs. Wagner.

• Pitching Points
As a staff, the Gauchos currently hold a 2.98 ERA, ranking third amongst Big West teams. Their ERA is a vast improvement upon last season's 3.82 ERA, which was the worst in the Big West. The Gauchos boast a staff of five pitchers, that have each seen 12 or more innings already this season.

• Big West Update
With the conference season just three weeks away, three Big West teams currently hold overall records above .600 - including UCSB. The Gauchos (11-7) and defending champs Long Beach State (12-7) have played the most games so far. UC Davis sits atop the standings with its 10-5 record (.677).

• Scouting UNLV
UNLV enters this weekend with a 12-8 overall mark and the Rebels have gone 10-5 on their home field. Kendall Fearn leads the squad batting .360 and she has posted nine runs, three homers and 14 RBI. Teammate Jaci Hull leads the squad with 17 RBI. In the circle, Traci Odegard has posted a 5-4 record with a 3.43 ERA and 39 strikeouts. Jessica O'Connor is 5-2 on the year and has posted a 3.87 ERA with 25 strikeouts. UNLV holds a 35-18 all-time series advantage against the Gauchos, though UCSB won the last contest, 2-0, on Mar. 10, 2006.

• Scouting Texas Tech
Texas Tech enters this weekend with a 5-13 overall record and a 5-9 neutral record. Elizabeth Eimen leads the team with her .434 average and she also has eight runs and nine RBI on the season. Megan Shupp leads the squad with 13 RBI. In the circle, Alex Watkins has a team-low 4.39 ERA, but has yet to record a win. Ashly Jacobs has posted a 3-5 record with a 5.82 ERA. The Gauchos have faced Texas Tech just once before, on Feb. 21, 1999 when UCSB picked up a 3-0 win.

• Scouting Notre Dame
Notre Dame enters this weekend with a 3-5 overall record and 3-1 neutral mark. The team's record is a bit deceiving though because two of their losses came to top-ranked Alabama and two were to then-ranked No. 8 Stanford. Erin Marrone leads the team with her .364 average and she has four runs and two RBI. Heather Johnson leads the squad with five RBI and is second with her .350 average. Brittney Bargar has posted a 3-1 record in the circle and holds a 1.18 ERA with 21 strikeouts. The Fighting Irish hold a 3-1 series advantage against the Gauchos and won the last pairing by way of a 5-2 score on May 19, 2006 at the NCAA Regionals.

• Preseason Predictions
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 at home on Mar. 28 against UC Riverside.

• Poll Points
The Gauchos have received votes in the NFCA/USA Today Top-25 Poll twice this season. The Gauchos were listed among "others receiving votes" in the Feb. 10 and Feb. 23 polls.

• Countdown Till Campus Diamond
UCSB will play just four more games on the road - all this weekend - before hosting its home opener against San Diego on Mar. 11 at Campus Diamond.

• Season Tickets
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 click here to purchase tickets.

• Softball Sidekicks Youth teams are invited to Campus Diamond to be a part of the Softball Sidekicks program, hosted by UCSB. Teams can sign-up to participate in on-field activities, including taking the field with the Gauchos prior to the start of the game. Players and coaches can attend the game free of charge. Click here to sign up and for more information.