March 8, 2008

Gauchos Split Doubleheader With Visiting Loyola Chicago

March 8, 2008

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After defeating Loyola Chicago in a 10-2 six-inning mercy rule victory on Saturday morning, the UC Santa Barbara softball team was unable to keep its momentum rolling as it fell 3-0 to the Ramblers in the second game of the twin bill at Campus Diamond. With the split, the Gauchos now hold a 10-11 season record; Loyola Chicago is now 5-10 on the year.

In the first game of the day, Rambler Kat Krause led-off with homerun to center field at the top of the first inning. Loyola Chicago then spread its lead to 2-0 when Ellen Kresl came home on a wild pitch coupled with a Gaucho throwing error.

The next six batters went down in order before the Gauchos' impressive second-inning showing. Tiffany Wright led off with a single straight up the middle before stealing second base. A single from Jessica Beristianos put runners on the corners before Beristianos followed suit and stole second. Designated player Danielle Meyers walked, loading the bases before a stray Rambler pitch hit Kelsey Anderson, putting the Gauchos on the board at 2-1.

Still with no outs, an error by Krista Crosson, the Rambler pitcher, allowed Priscilla Perez to reach first and Anderson to come home. Meyers scored on another Rambler error during the same play to capture the lead for the Gauchos. The Gauchos tallied two more hits, an RBI single from Christine Ramos and an RBI double from Ziegler, and four more runs before the Ramblers could close out the inning. The seven runs marked the most in a single inning by the Gauchos this season.

In the bottom of the third inning, Anderson led off with a single before being brought home on a Rambler error following a bunt by Perez. A sacrifice fly from Nicole Churnock brought home Perez to stretch the Gaucho lead to 9-2.

Loyola managed a hit in each of the next three innings, but could not get another run on the board. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Tisha Duran hit a homerun over the left field fence, prematurely ending the game as the Gauchos took the 10-2 mercy-rule victory.

Churnock and Perez led the Gauchos with two RBI each in the win while Ziegler went 2-for-4 with a double and Beristianos was 2-for-3 with a run.

In the circle, Lindsey Correa (6-3) picked up the win after throwing six innings with two runs on five hits. She walked three and struck out four. Krista Crosson (1-5) took the loss for Loyola after giving up seven runs off of four hits in one inning of work.

Unfortunately, the Gaucho momentum did not continue into the second half of the doubleheader. After taking down the first three Rambler batters in order, Ramos led off with a double to left center field for UCSB at the bottom of the first, but it turned out to be the lone Gaucho hit of the first two innings.

At the top of the second, Nora Schober reached first on a Gaucho fielding error before a single to left field by Angie Funston put two runners on. Both runners stole a base before another Gaucho error allowed Schober to score the first run of the game. Loyola added another run at the top of the next inning with an RBI single from Ellen Kresl.

Trailing by two runs, the Gauchos had opportunities in both the fourth and the fifth innings to score, including a bases-loaded situation in the fifth, but the UCSB bats failed to be timely.

In the sixth, an RBI single from Schober sent home a third run, to put the Ramblers ahead, 3-0. The Gauchos managed a hit in each of the final two innings, but neither runner made it home as UCSB took the 3-0 loss.

Churnock and Ramos led the Gauchos, each going 2-for-3 at the plate. MeLinda Matsumoto (1-7) picked up the loss in the circle after allowing three runs on seven hits. The pitcher posted three strikeouts and no walks for the second consecutive contest.

Amy Solava (4-5) picked up the shutout for the Ramblers, giving up no runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

UCSB will be back in action tomorrow at the Loyola Marymount Round-Robin Tournament at Smith Field. The Gauchos will play the host Lions after matching-up with North Dakota at noon.