March 8, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Freshman second Christine Ramos went 3-for-4, but only two other Gauchos recorded hits as UC Santa Barbara stranded 10 base runners in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the University of Detroit Mercy to open the Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament. The Gauchos, who have lost two in a row, fall to 9-8 on the year with the loss.
The Titans, who kicked off their season this week in Honolulu, even their record at 1-1 with the victory.
Ramos led off the game with a single to right field and junior left fielder Jessica Hejna followed with her team-leading seventh sacrifice bunt, moving Ramos to second, but Detroit starting pitcher Adrienne Baran retired the next two batters in order to end the inning.
After the Gauchos were retired in the top of the second, the Titans took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Senior Katrina Klemp walked to lead off the inning and stole secondly shortly thereafter. She moved to third on a sacrifice by sophomore Kaleigh Rafter and then scored on a single by senior Lindsey Roy.
Junior third baseman Shelby Hensler led off the third with a single to left field, but Santa Barbara again failed to get a run across. The Gauchos had two base runners in the top of the fourth after consecutive two out walks to Ericka Hansen and Brittany Putich, but a groundout ended the inning.
UDM tallied its second run in the bottom half of the fourth on another RBI single by Roy, scoring Klemp for second time in three innings.
After a one out walk to junior right fielder Liz Walters in the top of the fifth, Ramos got her second hit on a bunt single, but a pop up and fly out ended the inning. The Gauchos got a hit from Hansen in sixth and Ramos came through again to lead off the seventh, but UCSB could not come up with the big hit all morning and Detroit held on for the 2-0 victory.
Baran won her first victory of the year, allowing just four hits while walking six and striking out two in 5.1 innings pitched. Senior Christin Bienenstein picked up the save after tossing one and two thirds of scoreless relief.
Ginger Gutierrez took the loss for the Gauchos and fell to 2-2 on the year. The junior allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of work.
Santa Barbara will take on Penn State (8-3) later today at 12:00 p.m. in game two.