February 17, 2006

Late Inning Heroics Lift UCSB to a 3-2 Come From Behind Victory Over SDSU

Feb. 17, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sophomore catcher Ericka Hansen went 2-for-3 and drove in the winning run and Jennifer Davis earned her fourth complete game victory of the year, as the UC Santa Barbara softball team scored the last three runs of the game in a 3-2 win over San Diego State Friday at Campus Diamond.

UCSB improves to 4-2 with the victory, while SDSU falls to 5-2. The Aztecs only other lost came at the hands of No. 2 UCLA February 12.

Heavy rain in the bottom of the second inning caused the game to be postponed for nearly three hours. Play eventually resumed with a scoreless tie and the contest turned out to be a beauty.

San Diego State wasted no time after the delay, scoring two runs in the top of the third inning. With one out, right fielder Kristen Carranza singled to left center and catcher Erin Floros reached on a fielder's choice. The runners then advanced on a passed ball by Gaucho starter Davis. Carranza scored on a single by shortstop Melissa Owens and Floros then came in on an RBI ground out by third baseman Taryin Casillas.

The Gauchos responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the deficit in half, 2-1. Sophomore designated player Danielle Meyers led off the inning with a towering double to right field. She advanced to third on a perfect sacrifice bunt by the next batter, junior third baseman Shelby Hensler. With one out, freshman second baseman Christine Ramos singled to left and Meyers scored.

Davis settled down after the second inning and held the Aztecs at bay for the rest of the game. They threatened in the top of the fifth, with a lead off walk to Carranza and a double by Floros, but Carranza was thrown out at the plate and Davis retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Aztec starting pitcher Christina Ross, who had limited the Gauchos to one run through five innings, finally cracked in the sixth. Ramos led off and reached on an error by the first baseman. She later scored on a sacrifice fly to right by freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright and the game was knotted, 2-2.

After Davis retired the side, she led off in the bottom of the seventh inning and drew a walk. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Myers and to third on a groundout by Hensler. With two outs and Davis on third, Hansen stepped in and hit the game-winner, a single to left field as the Gauchos came from behind to win.

"This was a great comeback for us," head coach Kristy Schroeder said. "We showed a lot of poise out there and never really looked like we were a team that was down two runs. We laid down the bunt well and we did the little things right to come back and win today."

Davis, who has started five of the Gauchos' six games this season picked up the win and improves to 4-1 on the year. She allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven in seven complete innings of work.

Ross took the loss for the Aztecs after a very solid performance. She gave up three runs on seven hits and falls to 2-2 on the year.

The rain caused the cancellation of three out of the six games scheduled for Friday in the annual Softball By The Beach Tournament, including Santa Barbara's 2:00 p.m. bout with Rider University.

UCSB is scheduled to square off with Long Beach State at 9:00 a.m. Saturday February 18 at Campus Diamond, weather permitting