February 8, 2007

Late Rally Falls Short as Gauchos Drop Season Opener 3-2 to Kansas

Feb. 8, 2007

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A last minute rally, spurred by a triple from junior catcher Ericka Hansen, fell short on Thursday evening as the UC Santa Barbara softball team fell 3-2 to Kansas in the opening game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic being hosted by San Diego State through Sunday.

The Gauchos start the season 0-1 while Kansas jumps out to a 1-0 record in the season opener for both programs. With the win, the Jayhawks earn their first victory over UCSB for a 1-2 series record against the Gauchos.

Hansen went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI for the Gauchos while junior newcomer Tisha Duran was 1-for-2 with one run in her first game in the blue and gold. Senior Jennifer Davis pitched a complete game allowing three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.

Kansas's Kassie Humphrey's captured the win pitching a complete seven innings allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out seven.

It was all the pitchers in the first four innings, as both teams were held scoreless until the top of the fifth when Jayhawk second basemen Sara Ramirez homered to left field breaking the 0-0 tie.

At the top of the seventh, Stevie Crisosto walked followed by Ally Stanton's bunt single. Kansas pitcher Humphreys grounded out to first unassisted advancing both base runners. It was Amanda Jobe's sacrifice fly that brought Crisosto home to give the Jayhawks a 2-0 lead.

With Stanton on third, Ramirez walked and then stole second before Dougie McCauley brought Stanton home on a singled bunt to put Kansas up 3-0. Davis struck out Ericka Simington ending the inning with two runners left on base.

Duran opened the seventh inning for the Gauchos with a single to shortstop. Sophomore Tiffany Wright flied out to right field before Hansen tripled to right center bringing Duran in for UCSB's first run of the season. Senior shortstop Brittany Putich was next in the order and drove Hansen in on a sacrifice fly to center field. Davis grounded out to the pitcher to end the game 3-2 in favor of the Jayhawks.

The Campbell/Cartier Classic continues on Friday when the Gauchos face No. 23 Massachusetts at 9:00 a.m. followed by a pairing with host San Diego State at 4:30 p.m.

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