• The Schedule
Friday, February 17, 2011 at USD Softball Complex
UC Santa Barbara (1-5) vs. Boise State (4-1), 10 am
All-time series record vs. Broncos: First Meeting
UC Santa Barbara vs. Oregon State (3-2), 12:30 pm
All-time series record vs. Beavers: 8-9
Last time vs. Beavers: W, 3-0 (Mar. 4, 2011)
Saturday, February 18, 2011 at USD Softball Complex and SDSU Softball Stadium
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 9/7 Washington (5-0), 11:30 am
All-time series record vs. Huskies: 0-5
Last time vs. Huskies: L, 9-1 (Feb. 19, 2011)
UC Santa Barbara vs. Notre Dame (0-0), 6 pm
All-time series record vs. Fighting Irish: 1-4
Last time vs. Fighting Irish: L, 5-2 (Mar. 7, 2009)
Sunday, February 19, 2011 at SDSU Softball Stadium
UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 8/12 UCLA (5-0), 11:30 am
All-time series record vs. Bruins: 4-56
Last time vs. Bruins: L, 10-4 (Mar. 29, 2011)
• On The Road Again
After opening the 2012 season on the road at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State last weekend, UC Santa Barbara will conclude its 11-game road swing this weekend with five contests at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, which is hosted by San Diego and San Diego State.
• Taking On The Best
After facing three teams that were ranked among the nation's top-20 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and NFCA polls last weekend and one that was receiving votes, the Gauchos will once again square off against some of the country's best programs this weekend. Washington is currently ranked in the top-10 of both polls – seventh (ESPN.com) and ninth (NFCA) – while UCLA is ranked eighth and 12th, respectively. Oregon State and Notre Dame, meanwhile, are each receiving votes.
• The Century Club
Head coach Brie Galicinao is just one win away from her 100th career victory. Galicinao, who is now in her fifth season at the helm of the UCSB softball program, has coached the Gauchos to a 99-117 cumulative record for a .458 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 20 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.
• For The Record
The Gauchos carry a 1-5 record into this weekend's tournament. The last time UCSB started the season with just one win in its first six games was in 2008, when it had an identical record heading into its Feb. 17 game. That year ended up being a big one for the Gauchos as they posted a 30-24 overall record, finished second in the Big West Conference standings and Galicinao was named the league's Co-Coach of the Year.
• Wise Beyond Her Years
Freshman Shelby Wisdom led the Gauchos both at the plate and in the circle last week and boasts a team-leading .357 batting average, .471 on-base percentage, and 3.61 ERA. She battled through a tough first start against Bradley, tossing eight innings and allowed just one earned run in the 2-1 loss while striking out 10. She then led UCSB to its first win, throwing a complete game against Utah with a season-best 11 strikeouts. She also scored two runs in the victory. Wisdom led the team in runs and walks during the weekend.
• Special K's
UCSB pitchers Wisdom and Andriana Collins have combined to lead the Big West in strikeouts with a collective total of 35. Wisdom ranks second in the league with 23 strikeouts and Collins is tied for fourth with 12.
• She's Back!
After having her sophomore season cut short by an injury, junior Keilani Jennings is back on the diamond. The infielder led the team with three extra-base hits last week – two doubles and a home run – and ranks third in the Big West in total bases (10) and eighth in slugging (.588). Her pair of doubles helped her crack the UCSB career top-10 list, she now is tied for 10th with 16. She also moved into a tie for eighth on the career home runs list (16).
• Leading Off With Soria
Junior transfer Jessica Soria had a strong opening weekend with the Gauchos. She batted .333, good for third on the team and had at least one hit in four games. She had two hits against both Bradley and BYU and drove in a run and tallied a stolen base against the latter. The outfielder leads UCSB with three stolen bags, which ranks second in the league.
• Give Us Moore
Another newcomer causing trouble for the opposition was DeJanee Moore, who is second on the team with her .353 batting average and two stolen bases. She is tied with Soria for the team-lead in hits (6) and had at least one hit in four of last week's games. She had multiple hits on Saturday against BYU and Utah and accounted for the Gauchos only hit against Tennessee in the tournament opener.
• Next Stop: Campus Diamond
Following this weekend's tournament, the Gauchos will come home to Campus Diamond to host the Gaucho Classic I, which runs Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Along with the Gauchos, Houston, Nevada, UNLV and San Diego will be in town for the tournament. UCSB will open with a doubleheader against Houston on Thursday at noon.
• Season Tickets Available Now!
Season tickets are available and the package includes All-Session passes for both the Gaucho Classic I (Feb. 23-26) and the Gaucho Classic II (March 16-18), in addition to tickets to 11 more exciting home contests.
Season tickets can be purchased for $60 – for a cost of just $2.61 per game – and with their purchase, fans will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Gauchos Shop.
To purchase 2012 softball season tickets, call 805-893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or click here to purchase online.
Members of GKids, the official kids club of UCSB Athletics, receive free admission to all home softball contests in addition to a GKids T-shirt and coloring book. To sign up for GKids or to learn more, click here.