May 6, 2009
Games No. 49-51
Friday, May 8, 2009 at Campus Diamond
UCSB (26-22, 9-9) vs. Cal State Fullerton (26-19, 14-4), 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
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Sunday, May 9, 2009 at Campus Diamond
UCSB vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12 p.m.
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The Opening Pitch
UC Santa Barbara will wrap-up the 2009 regular season at Campus Diamond this Friday and Saturday as the Gauchos host Cal State Fullerton in a three-game Big West Conference series. Friday will feature a doubleheader slated for a noon start and Saturday will feature a single game at noon. The four Gaucho seniors will be honored prior to first pitch on Saturday.
UCSB is offering several special ticket options this weekend. The purchase of a softball ticket on Friday and Saturday will also get fans into the baseball game that day at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Friday's doubleheader is free for all UCSB staff and faculty with id as part of Faculty Free Fridays. Lastly, Saturday is High School Day, to receive a special rate, call the ticket office at (805) 893-8603.
Gauchos Sweep UC Davis
Last weekend, the Gauchos swept their first conference series of the season taking three games from visiting UC Davis. After posting a pair of one-run victories on Saturday, UCSB left no question as to which team was better with a 12-0 mercy-rule win on Sunday in the series closer. Santa Barbara scored all 12 runs in the first inning and freshman pitcher Krista Cobb held UCD to just one hit in five innings.
No Place Like Home
This weekend's series with Cal State Fullerton - currently the second place team in conference - could be a tough one, but the Gauchos will benefit from the home field advantage. This season, UCSB has posted an 11-2 record at home and is outhitting its opposition .344 to .204 and has outscored its opponents, 66-27. The Gaucho pitching staff owns a 1.43 ERA in their home circle and has posted six shutouts.
Ramos Named Big West Player of the Week
Senior Christine Ramos was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Gauchos offensively during their sweep of UC Davis. The senior started the series with one hit in three at-bats and then collected six straight hits over games two and three. Her top all-around showing was in the finale where she collected an RBI, scored two runs and added a stolen base. She hit .778 (7-for-9) and broke UCSB's single season hits record, which she had set in 2007. She now has 70 hits on the year.
Cobb In The Circle
Ramos was not the only Gaucho breaking records over the weekend, freshman Krista Cobb also solidified her spot in the UCSB history books. With a pair of wins over UC Davis, the hurler improved to 18-8 on the season, tying the school record for wins in a season, set by Sandy Ortgies in 1987 and tied by Jennifer Davis in 2006. During her two appearances over the weekend, Cobb allowed just two runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out 14. During Sunday's series finale, the freshman pitched five innings and allowed just one hit. The shutout marked her ninth of the season - ranking ninth nationally - and put her one away from tying the UCSB single season shutout record, set by Loren Thornburg in 2003.
Conlin In The Clutch
Senior Jackie Conlin helped lead the Gauchos to both their wins on Saturday, batting in the game-winning run in each contest. For the weekend, she had a hit and a RBI in each game and also scored a run on Sunday. The outfielder is batting .252 on the season and is second on the team and in the Big West with her 11 stolen bases. She leads the conference with six stolen bags during league play.
UCSB is in the midst of a four-game win streak for the third time this season. The Gauchos have won five of their last six and of those wins, four were shutouts. In fact, the Gauchos have allowed just five runs across their last six contests.
Cobb In The Conference
Krista Cobb currently ranks fourth in the Big West with her 1.82 ERA and leads all conference pitchers with her .200 opposing batting average. She is second in wins and sixth with 109 strikeouts. In conference games, she has posted an 8-5 overall record and leads all conference players with 55 strikeouts. She has an ERA of 1.49 against Big West opposition and is tied for first with 14 league game appearances.
Best In The (Big) West
Christine Ramos continues to lead the Big West with her .414 batting average - recording a .460 clip in conference games - which ranks 32nd nationally. She is tops for hits (70) and stolen bases (15) and is second in conference with her .454 on-base percentage, sixth for runs scored (29), third in triples (2), fifth for total bases (77) and 10th with her .456 slugging percentage. She also ranks as the 30th toughest batter to strike out nationally. She has a four-game hitting streak and leads the team with 21 multiple-hit games this season.
For The Record
UCSB enters this weekend with a 9-9 conference mark. If the Gauchos win just one of their three match-ups with the Titans, they will record their first consecutive 10+ conference win seasons since 1994-95.
The Galicinao File
Now in her second season as the Gauchos' head coach, Brie Galicinao won the 50th game of her career when UCSB defeated Northridge on April 11. She has compiled a 56-46 record in her two seasons and reached 50 wins quicker than any previous softball coach at UCSB.
The Gauchos currently are second in the Big West with a .284 batting average. They are second with 369 hits, 198 runs, 10 sacrifice flies and 40 stolen bases. UCSB ranks third in total bases (480) and fourth in slugging (.370), on base percentage (.346), doubles (47), triples (5) and home runs (18). The Gauchos are also third behind Long Beach and Cal Poly with the fewest strikeouts (198).
The Wright Stuff
Senior Tiffany Wright tallied yet another home run during Saturday's first game against the Aggies, driving in two runs for the Gauchos in the 3-2 win. It was her third straight game with a homer and her seventh circuit clout this season. The senior leads the Gauchos and the Big West with her 34 runs scored and is second in RBI with 37. She is also tied for seventh in total bases with 70.
Ziggy, Ziggy, Ziggy, Sometimes Your Hits Just Hypnotize Me
The Gauchos' number two batter, Jessica Ziegler, is currently second on the team and 10th in the Big West in batting average (.335). She is also second for hits (56) and ranks fourth in conference in runs (30). She had a hit in each of last weekend's games and two runs. Currently she leads the Gauchos with the longest active hitting streak with five straight contests with a hit. At first base, she has posted a .997 fielding percentage - ranking seventh in the conference - and has committed just one error. She ranks fifth in the Big West for chances (324) and putouts (294).
A To The Z
Jessica is not the only Ziegler tearing up the diamond this season, freshman Amanda Ziegler is also representing the family name in fine fashion. The third baseman is currently fourth on the squad, batting .297 and ranks in the Big West's top-10 with her 10 doubles (sixth), 66 total bases (ninth) and conference-leading three sac flies. She went 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBI a double and a home run in Sunday's game against UC Davis. In Big West games, she is batting .333 and is tied for third in the conference with 19 hits and is second with six doubles in league pairings.
Sophomore Jessica Beristianos continues to lead the Gauchos and the Big West with her single-season program record 14 hit-by-pitches, which ranks her 25th nationally with a 0.29 per game average. Not all of her at-bats result in a welt though. The shortstop leads UCSB in doubles (12), walks (19) and is second with 31 RBI - ranking fifth in the Big West. She is batting .259 overall this season in the clean-up spot and her .405 on-base percentage is 10th in conference.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Gauchos rank 82nd in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index. While UCSB is out of the running for the automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals that comes with the Big West Conference title, there may still be a chance that the Gauchos can slip into the tournament's 64-team field with an at-large berth. The NCAA Selection Show will air on Sunday on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
Currently the Gaucho pitching staff owns a 2.64 ERA, an improvement upon last season's collective 3.82 ERA. Cobb has made a team-leading 31 appearances, but junior MeLinda Matsumoto (2-9) isn't far behind with 21. Junior Lindsey Correa tossed game two against the Aggies on Saturday, improving to 3-0 on the season with her second complete game shutout of the season. She allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out one in the win.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton currently holds a 26-19 record and is second in conference with its 14-4 league mark. The Titans have won their last four games and have won 11 of their last 13. Frances Gonzales leads the team batting .311 on the year with 24 RBI. In the circle, Ari Cervantes has a 2.09 ERA and a 17-10 record with 112 strikeouts. In Big West games, Fullerton is batting .284 collectively and has outscored their opposition, 80-42. The pitching staff owns a 1.58 ERA in league parings.
Against The Titans
Fullerton enters this weekend with a 89-9 series advantage against UCSB. Last season, the Gauchos won two out of three at Fullerton sandwiching a 10-6 loss with 8-5 and 11-7 wins. The Titans are 6-4 on opposing diamonds this season.
How To Get Tickets
To purchase tickets for this weekend's series, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
Getting To Campus Diamond
Getting to UCSB softball games is easy! From Highway 217, veer right at Steck Circle onto Mesa Road, and take a left onto Stadium Road. Campus Diamond is on your left just past the lacrosse field, and you can park at Lot 30 which is right outside the stadium. There are two kiosks that accept cash and credit card to pay for parking.