February 10, 2007

UCSB Shutout by No. 10 Cal, 2-0

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team was shutout for the first time in the young 2007 season as they fell 2-0 to No. 10 Cal in the Gauchos' fourth game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic being hosted by San Diego State this weekend.

With the loss, the Gaucho record drops to 2-2 on the season while Cal improves to 3-1. Cal extends its record to 16-3 in the all-time series with UCSB.

Senior Jessica Hejna went 1-for-2 while Brittany Putich went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Senior Jennifer Davis recorded her second loss of the season, pitching a complete game allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and fanning five.

For the Golden Bears, Brittany LaRosa picked up the win after pitching a complete game allowing only four hits and only walking two. Katie Vickers went 2-for-3 with one RBI for Cal and Ericka Racklin went 1-for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings before Racklin singled to left field at the top of the third. An error at second base advanced Racklin to second before she stole third and then scored the opening run on a Gaucho catcher error. Cal shutdown UCSB in the bottom of the inning to keep its 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Putich singled up the middle and then stole second, but the Gauchos were unable to bring her home and after a scoreless fifth, Cal still carried the one-point advantage.

Golden Bear Bernice Masanai singled through the left side at the top of the sixth and a sacrifice bunt from Christina Schallig advanced the pinch runner, Shannon Houston, to second. Vickers singled and then advanced on an error bringing Houston home and spreading the Cal lead to 2-0.

At the bottom of the inning Hejna singled to center field and moved to second with a single through the left side by junior Tisha Duran. The next two batters popped out to end the inning with Hejna stranded.

Each team walked a player in the seventh, but neither came home giving Cal the 2-0 win.

The Gauchos complete action at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif. tomorrow with a game against No. 6 Oregon State.

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