UC SANTA BARBARA
Was second on the team with 22 appearances in the circle...Recorded a 3.34 ERA and a 2-9 record...Tied sixth in the Big West with 11 relief appearances...Tossed four complete games...Tallied 42 strikeouts during the year...Tossed a complete game win during the season-opener against Oregon (Feb. 6), allowing just two earned runs on six hits...Second victory of the season was a complete game shutout over San Diego (Mar. 11) during the Gauchos' home opener...Posted a season-best five strikeouts in just two innings of work during a 7-2 win over Santa Clara (Mar. 25)...Earned her second career save after tossing two innings against NC State (Feb. 19), allowing just one run on two hits.
Appeared in 35 games and started 19 in the circle during her sophomore campaign...Posted an 8-11 overall record and 4.05 ERA, her Big West Conference record was 4-3 with a 3.54 ERA...Ranked fourth among conference pitchers for appearances and 10th with her team-leading innings pitched (134.2)...Was first for games finished (16) and tied first for games in relief (16)...Had a team-high 11 complete games...Tallied a total of 46 strikeouts, including a career-high six against North Dakota (Mar. 9)...Pitched a complete game shutout against Cal State Northridge (Apr. 13) preventing the Gauchos from being swept during the series...Also had complete game conference wins over Cal Poly (Apr. 6) and Pacific (May 3).
Started 16 games and made 20 appearances in the circle as a freshman, posting a 9-6 record...Had a 2.63 ERA in 98.1 innings pitched, ranking 10th among Big West pitchers...Opened the season with a 6-0 record, her winning streak was topped off with a win over No. 2 Arizona State on Mar. 2...Fanned 37 batters including a season-high four strikeouts on three occassions...Posted three shutouts, including a 1-0 eight-inning win over San Diego State in her collegiate debut on Feb. 9...Pitched a complete game against Northern Illinois on Feb. 24 and allowed just two hits in a 3-0 shutout...Was the pitcher of record during the Mar. 10 win over Loyola Chicago, in which she pitched four hitless innings...Led the conference pitchers with the fewest home runs allowed (4)...Ranked in the Big West top-10 for fewest hits (107), runs (48), triples (1) and walks (34) allowed...Earned Dean's List Honors during the spring quarter.
Posted a 0.29 ERA while playing at James Logan High School...Was a First Team All-Mission Valley Athletic League selection in 2005 and 2006...Earned first team all-conference in 2006 and second team honors in 2005...Helped the Colts to NCS Semi-Final appearances in 2005 and 2006...Was coached by Teri Johnson...Also competed in basketball and earned All-MVAL accolades in 2006...Was named James Logan's Class of 2006 Female Scholar-Athlete.
Played for Strike Zone with which she competed at the ASA Nationals for six years.
MeLinda Johnson Matsumoto was born on Nov. 5, 1988 in Hayward, Calif...Parents are Joann and Victor Matsumoto...Has a younger brother, T.J....Is a business economics major at UCSB with a sports management minor.