March 3, 2000
The Gauchos suffered a sweep at the hands of the mighty Fresno State Bulldogs Wednesday. Fresno State is currently ranked eighth in the nation. The 15-0 loss in the nightcap was UCSB's worst ever, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 runs set against UNLV in 1995.
Extra Innings Stuff
In their first overtime contest of the season, the Gauchos emerged on the wrong end of an 8-5 nine-inning decision with Iowa State Saturday at the Thunderdiamond, in Invitational action. A furious Gaucho rally in the fifth, which saw UCSB come back from 4-0 to tie the game and send it into extra frames, was not enough, as the Gauchos were downed by a three-run Erica Martinez homer. The big fly was Martinez' third in two games.
Freshman hurler Loren Thornburg is good. The Laguna Niguel native has carried UCSB's staff thus far, and leads the team in all significant pitching categories. Thornburg boasts a 1.65 ERA and has gone 2-2 in seven appearances, including three starts. Thornburg has gone the distance and allowed no earned runs twice, dealing Virginia a four-hit shutout at the UNLV Classic. She is also holding opponents to a .216 batting average. Thornburg got the nod in game one at Fresno State and pitched very well, giving up three earned runs in four and one third innings of work, striking out four.
All-Big West shortstop Mandy Edwards has been a consistent bright spot in the Gauchos dimly lit offensive campaign. Edwards leads UCSB in most hitting categories. She boasts a .333 average on 11 hits, including four homers and two doubles. She has also scored seven runs and has seven RBI. But what about slugging percentage? Edwards' robust .758 mark isn't bad. In Fresno, the senior knocked two of UCSB's three hits on the evening, lacing a double to left and knocking a single to right in the first game.
Without senior catcher Kendra Wood, well, the Gauchos would have to have someone else catch. But that wouldn't be good. Wood has started 164 games throughout her career, a high percentage of them while donning the tools of ignorance. She has also been a dependable source of power offensively for UCSB, and is the Gauchos' career leader in RBI with 97. Off to a slow start in 2000, Wood is still second among starters in batting average (.250) and ranks second among Guachos in hits and RBI.
Point Loma Stuff
The Lady Crusaders of the NAIA's Golden State Athletic Conference enter Saturday's contests with a 14-2 record on the young 2000 season after sweeping Cal Lutheran last weekend. They finished 1999 at 33-19 overall.