May 6, 2010

Gauchos Host Final Home Series this Weekend

May 6, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Campus Diamond, 12 & 2 pm

Sunday, May 9, 2010 at Campus Diamond, 12 pm
UC Santa Barbara (13-33, 4-11) vs. Pacific (20-28, 6-9)
All-time series record vs. Tigers: 28-58
Last win: April 26, 2009 (5-0)
Last loss: April 25, 2009 (3-2)
All games available on Gametracker
Games #2 broadcast live on KCSB.org

• For The Record
UCSB enters this week with a 13-33 overall record and is coming off of a sweep of Long Beach State last weekend at home. The Gauchos' current record marks its slowest start to a season since 1991 when the team had an identical record after 46 games. With its wins last weekend, UCSB improved to 4-11 in Big West play. The series victory was their first of the season and first over Long Beach State since 2001. In fact, it was the Gauchos' first sweep of Long Beach since 1982.

• Taking On The Tigers
Pacific enters the weekend with a 20-28 overall mark and a 6-9 Big West record. The Tigers are coming off of a series loss (2-1) to Cal State Fullerton last weekend. They have won two Big West series this season, taking two of three from Long Beach (which UCSB swept) and UC Riverside (which defeated UCSB, 2-1). Center fielder Megan Hom leads the team batting .364 on the year with a team-leading 55 hits, 29 runs and 10 stolen bases. In the circle, Nikki Armagost (10-11) holds a team-leading 2.10 ERA with 107 strikeouts.

• Conference Update
After five weeks of conference play, UC Davis has taken ownership of first place on the Big West leaderboard with its 11-4 record and is one game ahead of Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly (10-5). Tied for fourth are UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton (7-8), while this week's opponent Pacific is alone in sixth with a 6-9 record. Long Beach State (5-10) and UCSB (4-11) round out the standings.

• Comeback Kid
Sophomore Krista Cobb had a rough start to the season, but her performances in her last six outings have shown a return to form for the 2009 Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and All-Conference selection. In those six appearances, Cobb has allowed just 11 earned runs in 44.1 innings of work, good for a 1.74 ERA. Included in those 44.1 innings are four complete games, including all three of last weekend's pairings with Long Beach State. Cobb captured each win against the 49ers, including a 1-0 10 inning victory in the series closer, and posted a 0.88 ERA for the week after allowing just three earned runs over 24 innings of work. For her standout performance, she earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time this season and the fifth time in her career.

• Get Off Our Bags
UCSB currently leads the conference in runners picked-off (6) and is second for double plays (19). In fact, the Gauchos' 19 double plays this season ties the UCSB school record, which was set in 2004.

• Among The Nation's Best
UCSB ranks 15th nationally for double plays per game (0.41). Meanwhile, Jessica Ziegler ranks as the 38th toughest player to strikeout. Keilani Jennings and Jessica Beristianos are tied for 37th nationally for sacrifice flies with three each.

• Leader Of The Pack
Senior Jessica Ziegler is finishing her four year career at UCSB in fine fashion. The leadoff hitter leads UCSB and is second in the Big West with her 50 hits, is second for stolen bases (19) and ranks sixth in the conference with her .327 batting average. Her 14 multi-hit games also lead the team. Not just an offensive standout, the first baseman also leads the conference for fielding double plays (14) and is second with her 319 putouts and 344 chances.

• Making History
Speaking of Jessica Ziegler, she is currently solidifying her place in the UCSB record books. The senior is now fourth all-time for career stolen bases after bringing her total to 48. She is four stolen bags away from tying Christine Ramos (2006-09) for third. Additionally, she has cracked the career hits top-10 list as she now ranks 10th with 157, just one away from tying Stacy Atwood (1993-96) for ninth and she has moved to sixth all-time for career runs (97).

• Beristianos Brings Them Home
Jessica Beristianos currently leads the Gauchos with seven RBI in Big West play and has driven home 23% of their runs in conference games, including the game-winner in the 10-inning victory over Long Beach last Sunday. She is second on the team with her .295 average in Big West games. For the season, she is hitting .248 on the year and leads the squad with 15 RBI and 10 doubles, ranking fifth in the conference. Additionally, she leads the squad with her 21 walks and is second in the league with three sacrifice flies.

• While We Are On The Subject
Beristianos is climbing through the UCSB all-time top-10 lists. She recently cracked the RBI all-time list and after tallying two last weekend, she tied ninth-ranked Lindsey Herrin's career output of 70 (2004-05). She has also tied Stacy Atwood (1993-96) for fifth all-time with 32 career doubles.

• The Power of Putich
Brooke Putich has had a solid sophomore season in which she is batting a career-best .306, which is good for second on the team and 10th among Big West players. She is also tied second on the squad with 33 hits and is third for runs (15) and stolen bases (7). Her .389 slugging percentage leads the squad. The outfielder stretched her hitting streak to a season-best eight games on Saturday before having it snapped on Sunday. She has had hits in all but two Big West games that she has played in.

• End Of An Era
Prior to this year, UCSB had posted seven consecutive winning seasons, a program record. Unfortunately, that streak has ended. With just six games remaining on the schedule, the best record the Gauchos can now finish with is 19-33 (.365). UCSB does, however, still have a chance to finish the season with double digit wins in Big West games, something it has only done once in the past five seasons.

• Ziegler Squared
Sophomore Amanda Ziegler earned her way back into the Gaucho starting rotation two weeks ago at Northridge and has made the most of her last six starts. The outfielder has led the team across the last two series with her .286 batting average and .571 slugging. Her two-run homer in the first game of the Long Beach series tied the game, helping lead the Gauchos' to the comeback win. Ziegler's defense has also been solid as she made a game-ending play from left field in the narrow 2-1 game two victory over the 49ers.

• Senior Send-off
Sunday's game marks the final contest at Campus Diamond for five Gaucho seniors: Priscilla Perez, Kelsey Anderson, MeLinda Matsumoto, Lindsey Correa and Jessica Ziegler. Prior to first pitch, UCSB will honor its seniors in a short ceremony at Campus Diamond.

• The Galicinao File
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 69-82 cumulative record for a .457 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.

• 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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