• Updated Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 12 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) at Stanford (4-2)
All-time record vs. Cardinal: 7-13
Last time: L, 11-0 (5 innings) (2/12/12)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) vs. Pacific (3-2)
All-time record vs. Tigers: 41-67
Last time: W, 5-3 (8 innings) (3/30/16)
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1-4)
All-time record vs. Mavericks: 0-1
Last time: L, 17-16 (9 innings) (2/12/16)
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara (1-4) at Stanford (4-2)
*All games at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium
• Houston Invitational Recap
UCSB got off to a 1-4 start to the season at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational. The Gauchos' sole win came 12-10 over Wright State (2-3) on day two of the tournament thanks to a 4-0 advantage in the seventh inning. One day prior, Santa Barbara dropped its season-opener to Wichita State (4-0) by a final score of 6-1 before falling to tournament host Houston (2-4) 14-2 in five innings. The Gauchos would go on to drop their rematch with Wichita State, 7-3, and closed the weekend out with a 6-2 defeat to Boston College (3-1).
• Stanford Invitational Preview
The Gauchos will play five games for the second straight weekend. Friday and Saturday will see them face both Nebraska-Omaha and Pacific twice before playing the host Stanford on Sunday. UCSB played Nebraska-Omaha (1-4) for the first time ever in 2016, resulting in its highest-scoring game of the season, a 17-16 loss in nine innings. Pacific (3-2) is coming off back-to-back shutouts. Since dropping their first two games of the season, the Tigers have won three straight, outscoring opponents 11-1 over that stretch. Stanford (4-2) enters the weekend on a two-game losing streak, having been trounced 24-8 by Fresno State in its last outing.
• Clark Sharp To Start
Last year, senior left fielder Kristen Clark became the first Gaucho to have a batting average above .400 in two different seasons. She's well on her way to making it three this year, as she hit at a .571 clip in the opening weekend for a team-high eight hits. Clark also added two runs, one RBI, and team-leading marks of eight total bases and four walks.
• Krantz Makes Her Mark
Freshman shortstop Kayla Krantz recorded her first two career hits last weekend, one of which was the Gauchos' most important swing of the season thus far. With UCSB trailing 6-3 in the top of the fifth against Wright State, Krantz blasted a three-run homer to left center, tying things at 6-6. The 3 RBIs, which have her tied with for the team lead, equaled the amount from UCSB's other two home runs.
• Back To Business
Among UCSB's returners, outfielder Jessica Johnston and sophomore second baseman Sierra Altmeyer ranked in the top three in hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and slugging percentage in 2016. Through one week of play, Altmeyer leads the team in runs (4) and has the second-most hits (5). Johnston, who has one of UCSB's three home runs, trails just behind Altmeyer with the third-most hits (4) and is tied for the second-most runs (3).
• First Impressions
First baseman Alyssa Diaz is another player who has three runs, tying Altmeyer for second-most on the team. The freshman also has a team-leading 30 putouts in her first five career starts.
• Slugging It Out
After redshirting her freshman season in 2016, Whitney Pemberton has gotten off to a solid start this year, leading the team with a .857 slugging percentage. In three games, she went 3-7 at the plate for a third-leading .429 batting average and tallied two runs. She has one of UCSB's three home runs, which came in the 12-10 win over Wright State, and has earned the second-most walks (3) on the team.
• Pitching Woes
Sophomore pitcher Veronika Gulvin (0-1) leads UCSB with a 4.97 ERA and eight strikeouts in over 12 innings played. As a team, the Gauchos have a 10.74 ERA. Freshmen Lilliana Rodriguez and Felisha Noriega made their debuts on the mound in Houston, with Rodriguez being the sole Gaucho pitcher to earn a win over the weekend. Rodriguez also comes in second on the team with five strikeouts.
• Advantages & Disadvantages
UCSB didn't suffer an overwhelming disadvantage in hits last weekend, totaling 36 compared to 47 for its opponents, but the Gauchos didn't fare quite as well in some other categories. Per game, opponents averaged 4.6 more runs, eight more total bases, 4.8 more RBIs, 1.4 more home runs, and 1.2 more steals than UCSB. The Gauchos did manage to stay level with opponents in strikeouts (17-17) and enjoyed a 15-9 advantage in walks.