March 8, 2011

UCSB Returns Home for Gaucho Classic II

March 8, 2011

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• The Schedule
Gaucho Classic II • Campus Diamond
Friday, March 11, 2011
UC Santa Barbara (11-7) vs. UNLV (11-7), 9 a.m.
All-time series record vs. Rebels: 18-37
Last time vs Rebels: L, 5-4 (Mar. 7, 2009)

UCSB vs. Wisconsin (5-5), 3:15 p.m.
All-time series record vs. Badgers: 2-0
Last time vs. Badgers: W, 6-1 (Feb. 26, 2010)

Saturday, March 12, 2011
UCSB vs. Wisconsin, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
UCSB vs. UNLV, 11:45 a.m.

UCSB vs. San Diego (5-5), 2 p.m.
All-time series record vs. Toreros: 11-3
Last time vs. Toreros: W, 6-1 (Mar. 23, 2010)

Gaucho Classic II Tournament Page

• Home Sweet Home
After spending three consecutive weeks on the road, UC Santa Barbara finally returns to the friendly confines of Campus Diamond this week to host the Gaucho Classic II, a three-day, four-team tournament.

• For The Record
UCSB is off to an 11-7 start to the season after going 2-2 at last week's DeMarini Invitational. This is UCSB's best start since the 2009 season when it also went 11-7 in its first 18 contests.

• Leading The Pack
UCSB is currently leading the Big West in several statistical categories: runs scored (87), hits (140), RBI (78) and doubles (27). The Gauchos are second in the league in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.367), total bases (183), stolen bases (16), fielding percentage (.971), team ERA (3.03) and wins (11).

• Giving Them The Runaround
The Gauchos' 14 runs during Sunday's tournament closer against Southern Miss not only helped cut the game short via the run-rule, they also marked the most runs scored by UCSB since April 26, 2003 when the Gauchos defeated Utah State, 14-2, in five innings. The 14 runs are the most scored by a Big West team this season. Sunday's game also marked the third time this year that the Gauchos have scored double-digit runs. The last time UCSB scored double-digit runs three times in a year was during the 2008 season.

• Score First = Win
It seems like a simple enough formula. UCSB has gone 10-0 in games that it has scored first in. The win against Utah on Feb. 27 marks the Gauchos' lone come-from-behind victory.

• Taylor Made
Junior Allison Taylor had yet another standout weekend at the plate for the Gauchos as she hit a team-best .400 (4-for-10) with four runs, a double, a home run, three RBI and three walks. She was the only UCSB player to tally a hit in every game and her .800 slugging and .538 on-base percentage were tops amongst the team. The outfielder - who is batting .344 for the season - has been pacing the Gauchos with her .381 batting across the last eight contests.

• Shortstop Stories
Keilani Jennings put on a clinic in the win over Southern Miss on Sunday, tying her career-highs in hits (3) and RBI (5) while also tallying a home run and run. The home run marked the 10th of the shortstop's career, putting her just one away from cracking the UCSB top-10 list. Jennings is currently fourth on the team batting .302 and is tied second for runs (10) and RBI (12).

• Kane Is Able
Freshman McKenzie Kane leads the Gauchos with her .385 batting average, 25 hits and 26 total bases. The center fielder has posted a team-best seven multiple-hit games and has had at least one hit in all but two games (Tennessee on Feb. 24 and Oregon State on Mar. 4).

• Turning Up The AC
Freshman pitcher Andriana Collins had a pair of strong outings against Pac-10 opposition last week. The lefty tossed her third complete game shutout of the season against Oregon State, limiting the Beavers to just five hits. In the tournament's closing game against No. 14 Stanford, she held the Cardinal to just one run through the first six innings before losing steam in the final inning. Collins is now 7-4 on the season and leads the Big West in wins and innings pitched (75.2). Her 2.96 ERA ranks fourth while her 54 strikeouts are second in league.

• In The Circle With Cobb
Krista Cobb is now 4-3 on the season after splitting two games over the weekend: a loss to IPFW and a win over Southern Miss. The junior pitcher brought her career wins total to 30, which ranks eighth all-time in the UCSB history books, and she also now ranks 10th with her 30 complete games. Cobb's .229 opponent batting average leads the Gauchos and ranks fourth in the Big West.

• Brooke's Bat
Junior Brooke Putich has been one of the steadiest Gauchos this season. The outfielder is third on the team with her .304 batting average, second with 17 hits and is tied second in RBI (12) and stolen bases (4). Putich has had four multiple-hit games this year and three multiple-RBI games. She also strung together a 10-game hit streak from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25, which is the longest by a Gaucho this year.

• Record Watch
Jessica Beristianos had a pair of RBI in the win over Southern Miss on Sunday, bringing her season total to five and her career count to 81, which moves her into a tie for seventh with Mandy Edwards (1997-2000) on the UCSB career top-10 list. Beristianos is currently tied for second in career doubles (37) with Kendra Wood (1997-2000) and needs just five more to tie the school record set by Edwards (1997-2000).

• McDonald Now Serving Double Doubles
Designated player Kelly McDonald is amidst a season-best three game hit streak and her last two hits have been doubles, helping her tie for the team lead in the category (5). McDonald is batting .292 on the season and is tied second on the team in runs (10) and is third in total bases (22) and walks (6).

• Popping Pilpils
Freshman Kathryn Pilpil leads UCSB in runs (12), walks (11), stolen bases (5) and RBI (14). In fact, Pilpil has an equal number of RBI and hits (14) this season. Her solid .400 on-base percentage ranks fourth on the team and she is currently batting .269. Her four multiple-RBI games tie as the most by a Gaucho this year.

• Terrific Turnaround
The Gauchos seem to be well on their way to bouncing back from a lackluster 2010 season. With 37 games still slated this season, UCSB is just four wins away from matching last year's total victories. The Gauchos are also just 38 runs, 28 RBI and three doubles away from tying their 2010 totals.

• 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 10 double plays so far this season, which leads the Big West.

• 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 82-93 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.