23 Ginger Gutierrez
Height: 5-2
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
High School: Rio Mesa HS
Previous College: Ventura College
Position: LH Pitcher/First Base
The only left-handed pitcher on the squad, she will be a key member of the rotation. Ventura College
Was selected to the All-State team and earned First Team All-WSC honors in 2004 and 2005 at Ventura College...Named the Western States Conference Pitcher of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, as well...Posted a .496 batting average for the Pirates...In a doubleheader against Cuesta, she had a three run triple in the sixth inning that started a rally and then picked up the save in the circle in the first game....She pitched a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts in game two...Was also named the Green and Gold Tournament MVP in 2004. High School
Hit .452 with 14 doubles, six triples, two homeruns, 31 RBI and 12 stolen bases as a senior at Rio Mesa High School...Also posted a 0.87 ERA and three saves in the circle for head coach John Velasquez...Pitched and played first base, center and left for the Spartans...Was named the Team MVP as a junior and senior at RMHS...Also received the Spartan Pride and the Athletic Booster Club's Athlete of the Month awards in 2003...A two-time Pacific View League selection, she was also named all-state...Earned the Gatorade Award as a sophomore. Travel Ball
Pitched for the Ventura County Extreme and posted a .489 batting average...Hit .469 for the West Coast Tides travel ball squad. Personal
Ginger Yvette Ayala was born February 12, 1985 in Oxnard, California...Enters her junior year at UCSB as a Sociology major...Aspires to play for the U.S. Olympic team and wants to become a youth counselor...Was honored with the Renaissance and Department Excellence awards at Rio Mesa High School...Is a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers...Roots for Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman...Her most memorable sports moment was pitching a complete game and going 3-for-4 with three RBI in a conference championship game against Cuesta..."Along Came Poly" tops her movie list...Enjoys watching "I Love Lucy" on the small screen...Can be found reading "Teen People" magazine...John Grisham is her favorite author...She loves UCSB because of the beautiful location of the university and because she has great teammates...Nicknamed "G Baby"...Married to her loving husband Ernie Gutierrez...Has a brother Daniel Jr. and a sister Angela...Daughter of Daniel and Viola Ayala.