Feb. 18, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The pitching combination of Tami Weston and Ginger Gutierrez was very effective Friday afternoon, as the pair held Rider University scoreless on four hits in a 2-0 victory for UC Santa Barbara at Campus Diamond. Kendra Singley continued her hot start, going 2-for-2 with a homerun and two RBI in the Gaucho win.
UCSB, who has won both of its games during the Softball By The Beach Tournament, improves to 5-2 with the victory, while Rider falls to 0-2 on the year.
The Broncs out-hit the Gauchos, 4-3, but Santa Barbara made theirs count, as all three hits led to runs.
"I am very pleased with the way Tami and Ginger pitched today, head coach Kristy Schroeder said. "You cannot ask for a better performance from either one of them. They were the difference on a day when our offense was not at its best."
It looked as though UCSB was going to have a breakout game offensively early on when they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman second baseman Christine Ramos led off the game with a triple to right field, and then scored two batters later on a single up the middle by Singley.
The following inning, the Gauchos loaded the bases with only one out after two walks and an error by the third baseman, but Rider starting pitcher Heather Beintema showed poise and recovered to get out of the bases loaded jam.
Santa Barbara's only other hit of the contest came on Singley's homerun, a towering shot to right center field in the fifth inning that gave the Gauchos a 2-0 cushion.
That was all the help Weston and Gutierrez needed.
After giving up a leadoff walk and a single in the first inning, Weston settled down and only allowed two more hits the rest of the way. She faced a total of 14 batters, recorded one strikeout and walked two in her first collegiate victory. After facing a tall order in No. 2 UCLA last weekend in the first start of her career, the Ventura, Calif. native improves 1-1 with the win.
Gutierrez was just as impressive, coming on in relief in the fifth. She pitched three innings and retired nine of the ten batters she faced. The junior transfer from Ventura College allowed one hit--a bunt single--and struck out five in only her second appearance in a Gaucho uniform.
Beintema pitched a brilliant game in a losing effort. The senior turned in six innings of work, allowed two runs on a total of three hits, struck out six and walked three. Friday was her first start of the year.
The Softball By The Beach Tournament concludes Sunday at Campus Diamond when UCSB squares off with Tulsa at 9:00 a.m.