February 8, 2008

No. 5 Oklahoma Mercies UCSB, 12-1

Feb. 8, 2008

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team fell to 0-2 on the season after losing to No. 5 ranked Oklahoma (1-1), 12-1 in five innings on Friday evening at the season-opening Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament being hosted by UCLA at Easton Stadium. Prior to the game against the Sooners, UCSB dropped a narrow 5-4 game to Nevada.

Sophomore MeLinda Matsumoto took the loss for the Gauchos after pitching the first two innings and giving up seven earned runs on six hits while striking out two and walking four batters. Junior Tami Weston pitched the second half of the game for UCSB, tossing three innings. Weston allowed five earned runs on five hits, walked six and struck out two. Oklahoma's D.J. Mathis captured the win after pitching four innings and giving up just one run on two hits with six strikeouts.

Senior Tisha Duran led the Gauchos at the plate with her second homerun of the day, going 1-for-2 against the Sooners. Senior Danielle Meyers went 1-for-1 as the Gauchos' designated hitter, while Nicole Churnock rounded out the hitting, going 1-for-2 at the plate.

Oklahoma's Amber Flores led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Susan Ogden followed with an RBI off the outfield wall as the Sooners jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Oklahoma loaded the bases with two outs after a pair of Sooners walked. Savannah Long pounded a two-RBI double to right center field to extend OU's lead to 3-0.Wendy Trott provided another two-RBI double to the left field to push the advantage to 5-0 at the end of the first.

After the first three Gaucho batters went down in order, the Sooners' momentum continued in the second when Flores led off with a single and one play later was brought home by an RBI single from Ogden to put OU ahead, 6-0.

With one out at the bottom of the second, Duran hit her second home run of the day, sailing the ball over the center field fence, putting the Gauchos on the board at 6-1. Then, with two outs, Meyers singled to second base and advanced to scoring position after Ericka Hansen walked. Mathis struck out the next batter swinging, ending the inning.

A bases loaded single from Krystle Huey in the third stretched the Sooners' lead to 7-1. An RBI on a fielder's choice from Ogden followed and put yet another run on the board. Oklahoma loaded the bases once again and a walk brought home the eighth run. A grand slam home run from Flores at the top of the fourth gave the Sooners' a 12-1 lead.

Churnock led off with a single to right center at the top of the fifth, but a double play, followed by a hit lined out to the shortstop ended the game. The Gauchos fell 12-1 in the mercy-rule loss.

The Gauchos will look for their first win of the season on Saturday as action continues at Easton Stadium. UCSB will face Santa Clara at 10:30 am before taking on tournament host No. 14 UCLA at 3:30 pm.