Feb. 17, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team picked up a pair of wins on the second day of its Softball By The Beach Invitational with a 9-6 victory over Big West foe Long Beach State followed directly by an 8-0 no-hitter mercy rule win against Northern Colorado. Nevada rounded out Saturday's action with a 7-5 win over the 49ers.
With the two wins, UCSB improves to 5-2 on the season and now holds a perfect 3-0 home record. Long Beach State is now 1-6 after Saturday's two losses, Northern Colorado is 1-7 and Nevada improved to 2-6.
In similar fashion to Friday's tournament opener against Nevada, the Gauchos got the offense rolling early, scoring the majority of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first two batters, Christine Ramos and Jessica Hejna were each brought in by a single to right field courtesy of Tisha Duran to open the scoring up for UCSB. A single by Danielle Meyers later in the order brought in Duran and Tiffany Wright to give the Gauchos a 4-0 lead with a single out.
The Gaucho onslaught continued when Meyers and Brittany Putich each scored unearned on a passed ball to spread the UCSB lead to 6-0. The 49ers ended the inning having given up six runs on four hits.
UCSB picked up where it left off at the bottom of the second when Duran brought Ramos in on a single to center field, which was followed by a run from Hejna on a wild pitch to spread the Gaucho lead to 8-0.
The 49ers got on the board at the top of the fourth as a double to left center by Panita Thanatharn brought Jessica Beaver home to cut the UCSB lead to 8-1.
Long Beach made a run for it at the top of the sixth as they scored two runs before Kourtnee Gervasi homered driving in three more runs to bring the score to 8-6. The Gauchos made a pitching change and completed the inning with no more scares. At the bottom of the sixth Duran doubled to left center bringing Ramos in for what would be the final run of the game as UCSB took the win at 9-6
Duran was stellar against the 49ers going 3-for-4 with one run, a double and four RBI while Hejna went 2-for-2 with two runs. Ramos chipped in an impressive 2-for-4 performance with three runs. Freshman pitcher MeLinda Matsumoto was credited with the win to improve her record to 2-0 on the season. The Union City, Calif. native pitched 5.1 innings allowing six runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking none. Senior hurler Jennifer Davis collected the save with no hits and three strikeouts.
Lacy Tyler picked up the loss for Long Beach after pitching 0.1 innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on four hits. Kelly Cross finished the game allowing three runs on five hits and striking out a game-leading nine batters. Jessica Beaver went 2-for-4 for the 49ers with one run, as did Thanatharn.
UCSB continued to roll during its second game of the day against Northern Colorado. The Gauchos opened with a run in the first inning when Duran singled to right center bringing Ramos home. With a 1-0 lead at the top of the third, Tiffany Wright doubled to right field to drive in two runs and then scored a run herself on a wild pitch to grab a 4-0 Gaucho advantage.
Once again the Gauchos picked up where they left off at the top of the fourth when they scored four more runs to spread the lead to 8-0. Both teams went scoreless in the fifth and UCSB picked up the win, 8-0 by way of the mercy rule.
Freshman Lindsey Correa had the win over the Bears and threw the first no-hitter of the season for the Gauchos. Correa pitched a complete five innings walking only one and striking out three batters, her record improved to 2-0 on the season. Offensively, Ramos went 3-for-3 with three runs and one RBI while Wright was 1-for-2 with one run and two RBI.
For Northern Colorado, Shea Carpenter picked up the loss after pitching three innings and allowing six earned runs on six hits and walking one.
The final game of the day featured Long Beach State and Nevada. The Wolfpack broke through a 1-1 tie at the top of the third when Sam Bias hit a homerun driving in two runs to jump out to a 3-1 lead. The two runs proved to be the clincher as both teams posted four more apiece in the remaining innings.
Pitcher Jordan McPherson took the win for Nevada after pitching 6.1 innings giving up five earned runs on 11 hits with one walk. Tiffany Hoeft-Bass was credited with the save. Tyler Schafer and Michelle Beach each went 3-for-4 with two runs with Beach picking up two RBI and a homerun.
For the 49ers, Brianna Goad went 2-for-4 with a run, 2 RBI and a homerun while Beaver went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Hurler Bridgette Pagana took the loss after pitching seven complete innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts.
The Softball By The Beach Invitational concludes tomorrow with three games beginning at 9:00 a.m. Nevada and Northern Colorado will be first up followed by a pairing between the Wolfpack and Long Beach. The Gauchos will wrap up the tournament with their second game against the Bears of Northern Colorado.