Feb. 23, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team posted a pair of wins on Saturday, the second day of its home-opening Softball by the Beach Tournament. The Gauchos opened the morning with a 3-0 shutout over St. John's and then tallied their second win of the weekend over Portland State in 8-5 fashion. With the two victories, UCSB now stands at 6-6 on the season and is a perfect 3-0 at home.
Senior third baseman Tisha Duran was impressive on Saturday, going 5-for-6 at the plate with two homers, five RBI, a double, and three total runs. During the first game versus St. John's, Duran went 3-for-3 with two RBI and her first homerun of the day. In the circle, sophomore Lindsey Correa (3-2) threw the complete game shutout, allowing six hits while walking four and fanning seven batters.
At the bottom of the same inning, singles from Lisa Geer and Chelsea Durning sandwiched a walk to load the bases for St. John's with one out. Correa kept her composure and struck out the next two batters in order to end the inning unscathed.
Duran opened the fourth inning with a solo homerun to center field to spread the Gaucho lead to 2-0. With one out in the sixth, freshman Mary Episcopo hit a double to left field. During the next play, Duran posted her third hit, and second single of the game, driving Episcopo home to spread the UCSB advantage to 3-0.
Two singles and a walk in the bottom of the sixth loaded the bases once again for St. John's with two outs, but a timely strikeout from Correa preserved the Gaucho shutout. The next six batters went down in order as UCSB posted its second consecutive shutout victory.
In the second pairing of the day against Portland State, Duran once again stood out, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and an additional run scored. Junior Tiffany Wright went 2-for-3 with her first homerun of the season and junior Christine Ramos was 2-for-4 with two runs.
In the circle, MeLinda Matsumoto (1-4) picked up her first win of the year after allowing five runs - three earned - on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
At the top of the first, Ramos led-off with a single before advancing to second base on a wild pitch. A single from Ziegler brought Ramos home for the first run of the game. Still with no outs, Episcopo walked before Duran hit her second homer of the day over the left field fence to bring home three more runs and stretch the Gaucho lead to 4-0.
At the bottom of the second, three Vikings singled, loading the bases, before a fielder's choice from Kristin Wilson combined with an error by the Gauchos, allowed Jackie Heide across home plate for the first Portland State run.
In the third inning, Duran singled to right field with two outs and then advanced to third following a Viking fielding error. A double from Wright to center field brought the runner home and once again pushed the Gaucho lead to four runs.
At the bottom of the fourth, a single from Shannon Stacy brought Mandy Hill home for the second Viking run. The Gauchos responded in the fifth inning as a sacrifice fly from Episcopo sent Ramos home, putting the Gauchos ahead, 6-2.
In the sixth, Wright led-off with a solo homerun and two outs later, freshman Jessica Beristianos followed suit with a solo homer over the left field fence.
Portland State's Campos led-off with a double in the bottom of the inning before a Gaucho error brought her home for an unearned run two batters later. The Gauchos were taken down in order at the top of the seventh, before Portland State was given its last chance to overcome its 8-3 deficit.
Jenna Wilson led-off with a single and Heide walked during the next at-bat to put two runners on. A double to right center from Jana Rae Slayton brought the two runners home before Slayton was picked off. Unfortunately for the Vikings, that was as much of a comeback as they could make in the inning, as they fell to UCSB, 8-5.
The Softball by the Beach Tournament will conclude (weather permitting) on Sunday. The game times for Sunday have been changed, it was announced on Friday. St. John's and Portland State will now play at 10 a.m. and the Gauchos' second pairing with St. John's is now scheduled for 12:30 p.m.