Feb. 25, 2006
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright drove in the Gauchos' only run for the second game in a row, finishing 2-for-3 in UC Santa Barbara's 6-1 loss to nineteenth-ranked Louisiana State Saturday night on the second day of the Palm Springs Classic.
After their five-game winning streak was snapped last night with a 6-2 loss to No. 10 Oklahoma, the Gauchos (6-2 overall) fell at the hands of another opponent ranked in the Top 25 Saturday.
All four of Santa Barbara's losses have come to ranked foes.
Junior pitcher Ginger Gutierrez, who pitched a total of 8.2 scoreless innings in the Gauchos' two previous games, started the game for UCSB and allowed five runs on eight hits.
The Gauchos scored first for the second game in a row after an error in the top of the first allowed freshman second baseman Christine Ramos to reach base. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a single to left field by Wright. UCSB was held scoreless on four hits the rest of the way.
The Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the second on an infield ground out by Killian Roessner and took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Vanessa Soto smacked a double down the right field line, scoring both runs to put the Tigers ahead, 3-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, LSU added three runs to extend its lead to 6-1, including a pair of solo home runs by Soto and Stephanie Hill.
Tami Weston came on in relief of Gutierrez and walked three straight to load the bases. With Jennifer Davis replacing Weston in the circle, Andrea Smith singled to center field to score Fallon Fisher from third.
Tiger starter Dani Hofer earned the complete-game win to improve to 5-1 on the season. She allowed one unearned run on five hits with nine strikeouts.
Gutierrez took the loss and falls to 1-1 for UCSB. She struck out three in 4.2 innings pitched. Weston came on in relief and walked all three batters she faced, while Davis allowed one hit and a walk with one strikeout in an inning and a third.
UCSB looks to turn things around later Saturday night when they square off with Kansas at 8:00 p.m.