Feb. 24, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Four UC Santa Barbara homeruns helped catapult the Gauchos past the University of Texas, San Antonio on Saturday on the second day of the UCSB Mini Tournament being played at Campus Diamond through tomorrow. UCSB captured a 3-0 shutout over Northern Illinois before taking down the Roadrunners, 9-1 in the second game of the day.
In other tournament action, Northern Illinois recovered from its loss to the Gauchos to defeat Santa Clara 6-5. The Broncos, who were 0-12 heading into the final game of the day against UT San Antonio, picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 shutout over the Roadrunners.
With Saturday's two wins, the Gauchos are now 8-3 on the season and 6-1 at home. Northern Illinois now holds a season record of 5-3 while San Antonio is 4-10 and Santa Clara is 1-12.
In the early morning match-up between the Gauchos and Northern Illinois, sophomore second basemen Christine Ramos led UCSB going 2-for-3 with one run scored and freshman MeLinda Matsumoto earned the win after throwing a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and striking out four.
For the Huskies, Randi Krieter and Ellen Stoddard accounted for the team's two hits and hurler Kate Greenough took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out two.
As has been the case in several games this season, UCSB got things rolling in the first inning against NIU. At the top of the order, Ramos singled to right field and a fielding error by the Husky first basemen allowed Jessica Hejna to get on base. A sacrifice hit from Tisha Duran advanced both runners and a sacrifice fly from Tiffany Wright brought Ramos in for the first run of the game. A fielding error at center field brought Hejna home to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead. A UCSB run at the bottom of the fifth topped off the Gaucho win at 3-0.
At the top of the first inning in Santa Barbara's next match-up with UT San Antonio, a homerun from Wright brought in Ramos to grab the Gaucho lead at 2-0. The Roadrunners responded as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and then scored a run on a wild pitch to cut the UCSB lead to 2-1.
Wright struck again during her next at-bat at the top of the fourth when she homered for the second time over the left field fence to push the UCSB advantage to 3-1. After all three Roadrunners batters went down in order at the bottom of the inning, the Gaucho sluggers picked up where they left off as Danielle Meyers and Liz Walters posted back-to-back homeruns. Walters' round tripper was her second of the weekend. Later in the order, Duran doubled bringing in two additional UCSB runs. At the end of the fourth inning the Gauchos had a 7-1 lead.
Santa Barbara was able to capitalize on a throwing error and a wild pitch in the fifth inning to distance themselves at 9-1 and after allowing no runs in the bottom of the inning, the Gauchos shut things down early with the mercy win.
Wright was golden for the Gauchos with a 2-for-3 showing with her two homers and three RBI. Duran was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Ramos was 2-for-4 with two runs. Matsumoto picked up the win after allowing no runs on three hits and striking out one. The freshman hurler is now 4-0 on the season. UCSB last had four homeruns in a single game against Cal State Northridge on May 1, 2005.
In the third pairing of the day, Krista McPherson went 2-for-3 with a run and Jenna Roberts was 1-for-2 with a double, one run and an RBI for Northern Illinois as it narrowly defeated Santa Clara, 6-5 in the second match-up of the weekend between the two teams. Greenough (5-2) picked up the win for the Huskies after allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out four batters.
For Santa Clara, Jackie Morales was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI while Alyc Kalamaha was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Pitcher Jerrica Castagno took the loss after allowing the winning run at the bottom of the seventh.
The last game featured the Broncos once again, and UT San Antonio. Castagno (1-4) helped Santa Clara to its first win of the season as she pitched a complete game shutout against the Roadrunners allowing only three hits, walking three and fanning three batters. Megan Chavez scored the game winning homerun in the bottom of the fifth and was 2-for-2 overall with two RBI. Janeille Nickels (1-3) took the loss for the Roadrunners after giving up two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four.
The UCSB Mini Tournament will conclude on Sunday as UT San Antonio and Northern Illinois face off at 9:00 a.m. followed by a double header between UCSB and Santa Clara set to start after the first game concludes. All three games will be played at the Gauchos' Campus Diamond.