Pair with USD, Stanford Invite on Gauchos' Spring Break Itinerary

March 22, 2010

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• The Schedule
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at USD Softball Complex
UC Santa Barbara (7-17) at San Diego (9-16), 12 pm
Series record vs. Toreros: 10-2
Last time vs. Toreros: W, 8-0 (Mar. 11, 2009)
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Stanford Invitational
Friday, March 26, 2010 at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium
UCSB vs. Cal State Bakersfield (10-13), 10 am
Series record vs. Roadrunners: 14-9
Last time vs. Roadrunners: L, 5-0 (Mar. 13, 2010)
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UCSB vs. BYU (16-5), 12:15 pm
Series record vs. Cougars: 1-4
Last time vs. Cougars: L, 13-3 (Feb. 12, 2010)
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
UCSB vs. Santa Clara (5-13), 9 am
Series record vs. Broncos: 31-3
Last time vs. Broncos: W, 7-2 (Mar. 25, 2009)
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UCSB vs. No. 10/11 Stanford (20-3), 1:30 pm
Series record vs. Cardinal: 7-10
Last time vs. Cardinal: L, 4-0 (Feb. 12, 2009)
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• The Week Ahead
After taking last week off for finals, the UCSB softball team will return to action this week with six games scheduled. The Gauchos will face San Diego - a team they hold a nine-game winning streak against dating back to 2002 - in a doubleheader on Tuesday and then will head to the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The tournament schedule features rematches with BYU and Cal State Bakersfield along with games against Santa Clara and No. 10/11 Stanford.

• Last Time Out
Prior to finals week, the Gauchos played four games on the Central Coast. UCSB dropped games to Iowa State, 11-5, and Sacramento State, 5-2, at the Mustang Classic on Mar. 12. The following day the Gauchos were swept by Cal State Bakersfield in a home doubleheader by way of 4-3 and 5-0 scores.

• For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 7-16 overall record, which is its slowest start to a season since 2001 when the team posted an identical record in its first 23 games. The Gauchos are currently amidst a four-game skid and have won just three of their last 10 games. The Gauchos have posted a 6-7 record in neutral contests this year and are 0-3 on opponent's diamonds.

• Blame It On The Rain
The Gauchos have had a total of five games cancelled across three different tournaments due to inclement weather. UCSB's losing battle with Mother Nature continued when the Mar. 12 game against Sacramento State at the Mustang Classic, which was a late addition to the schedule to make up for one of its rained-out contests, was shortened to five innings due to rain.

• Beristianos' Top-10 List

One week after cracking the UCSB career RBI top-10 list, junior Jessica Beristianos has moved to seventh all-time for career doubles after hitting two at the Mustang Classic. She needs three more doubles to tie sixth-ranked Tonya Dias' (1997-2000) career total. Beristianos currently ranks third in the Big West for doubles with her five this year.

• Record Watch

Speaking of all-time top-10 lists, senior Jessica Ziegler added two more stolen bases to her career count two weeks ago, bringing her total to 38, which is just one away from tying Tony Dias (1997-2000) for eighth in UCSB history. The infielder currently ranks sixth for runs scored with 88 and will need 22 more to tie Leslie Simien (2001-04) for fifth all-time.

• Sizzling' at Second Base
In the Gauchos' last four games, some of the best hitting has come from the UCSB second basemen. Freshman Tiffany Corder started the first three games of the weekend and went 3-for-7 at the plate, including her second two-hit performance of the year against Cal State Bakersfield. She also drew a walk and scored a run against Iowa State. Corder, who went 0-for-10 to open the season, has been hitting .348 since the Feb. 25 game against North Dakota State. Sweet took over at second base for the second game against Bakersfield and left off where her counterpart started. She too went 2-for-3 against the Roadrunners, notching the first hits of her collegiate career.

• Third Run Is The Charm
This season, the Gauchos have gone 0-13 in games that they have scored two or fewer runs. On the flip side, in games they have scored three or more, they have posted a 7-3 mark.

• The Leading Lady
Though UCSB has been struggling offensively with just 59 runs in 23 games, leadoff hitter Jessica Ziegler certainly has been setting the table for the team. The senior is tied for sixth in the Big West for batting (.333) and runs scored (13), tied for second in base hits (24) and ranks second in steals (9). Ziegler is such a big part of the offense that she has scored 22% of the runs, possesses 19% of the hits and has stolen 50% of the stolen bases. She is also one of three UCSB regulars to play and start all 23 games to this point in the season, along with Keilani Jennings and Jessica Beristianos.

• 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 63-65 cumulative record for a .492 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.

• Correa In The Circle
Despite going 0-1 across the last week of action, senior pitcher Lindsey Correa had a couple of strong outings in the circle for the Gauchos. In the game against Sac State, she allowed five runs on six hits while striking out three. She struggled with control in the loss as she walked five, tossed a pair of wild pitches and hit one batter, but she was able to turn things around in her next two appearances. She pitched a combined 6.1 innings of relief during the Bakersfield doubleheader and allowed just one hit, no runs and no walks while fanning three. Her 3.39 ERA for the week and .206 opponent's batting average led the Gaucho staff.

• The Strike Zone
Speaking of Correa, the senior leads the Gauchos with her 3.79 ERA and .262 opponent's batting average She is second - behind MeLinda Matsumoto, with 44.1 innings pitched - and second for strikeouts, one shy of tying Krista Cobb's team-leading 27.

• 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. UCSB opens conference play on April 2 at Cal State Fullerton.

• A Look Ahead
UCSB will return to Campus Diamond on Mar. 30 for its final non-conference doubleheader of the regular season against Fresno State. All the action will start at 12 pm.

• 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.

• 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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