February 16, 2008

UCSB Splits a Pair of Shutouts on Second Day of the Campbell/Cartier Classic

Feb. 16, 2008

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team picked up its first shutout victory of the season Saturday morning as it defeated Indiana, 5-0 on the second day of the Campbell/Cartier Classic, which is being hosted by San Diego State this weekend. The Gauchos' luck ran short however, as they dropped their second game of the day to Fresno State, 8-0. With the split, the Gaucho record now stands at 2-5.

Junior Christine Ramos led the Gauchos in the first game of the day against Indiana, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, two runs, and two stolen bases. Senior Tisha Duran was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while her classmate Danielle Meyers was 1-for-2 with a run and a two-RBI double.

Sophomore Lindsey Correa (2-1) pitched the complete game shutout, allowing just two hits while walking three and striking out a season-best eight batters.

At the top of the order in the first inning, Ramos led off with a walk before the next two Gaucho batters struck out swinging. Ramos stole second before an error allowed junior Tiffany Wright to get on base and Ramos to come home for the first run of the game. Wright then advanced on a passed ball and Duran hit a RBI single up the middle to put the Gauchos ahead 2-0.

The next three innings were relatively silent with the two teams collectively leaving seven base runners stranded. Ramos led off for the Gauchos at the top of the fifth inning with a bunt single. Ramos then stole second and advanced to third base on a throwing error. The next batter, Jessica Ziegler, walked before Meyers doubled to left center bringing both runners home and stretching the Gaucho lead to 4-0.

One out later, Duran doubled to left center field bringing Meyers home for what would be the final run of the game. Correa allowed just one of the next nine Hoosier batters on base before closing the game with the 5-0 shutout victory.

In the second game of the day, Fresno State outhit the Gauchos 9-4 on its way to the 8-0 victory. Freshman Jessica Beristianos led UCSB going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Sophomore MeLinda Matsumoto (0-4) took the loss in the circle after allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with five walks and one strikeout.

Both teams remained scoreless in the first three innings of play before Fresno opened the fourth inning with a pair of runs. The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 7-0 with a five-run fifth inning. Fresno State closed out the game with one more run at the top of the seventh to post the 8-0 win and stretch its season record to a perfect 5-0.

The Gauchos will conclude tournament action tomorrow with a pair of games. UCSB will face Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. before pairing up with tournament host San Diego State at 4:30 p.m.

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