March 10, 2006
HONOLULU, Haw. - Junior pitcher Jennifer Davis limited the Rebels to just three hits, which tied her season low, and recorded nine strikeouts leading UC Santa Barbara to a 2-0 victory over UNLV Friday afternoon in Honolulu. The Gauchos, who got back on the winning track with the win, improve to 10-9 overall this season.
The Rebels, who are also 1-2 in Spring Fling Tournament competition after the loss, fall to 12-12.
After heavy rainfall moved Thursday's scheduled games to Friday, UCSB and UNLV finally squared off starting at 4:00 p.m. (HT).
Despite only recording two hits of its own, UCSB was able to pull out the victory after a decisive third inning.
The Gauchos took a 2-0 lead in the top of the frame after junior third baseman Shelby Hensler singled to the shortstop start things off. With one out, freshman second baseman Christine Ramos was hit by a pitch, advancing Hensler to second. Then junior left fielder Jessica Hejna walked to load the bases. The next batter was junior center fielder Kendra Singley, who reached on a fielding error by the Rebel second baseman. Hensler and Ramos both came home on the play for the two run lead.
Santa Barbara's only other hit of the game came in the first inning on a leadoff bunt by Ramos.
UNLV threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting a runner on first and second with one out, but Davis got the next two batters to fly out to close out the inning. The Rebels other hits came in the first and six innings.
Two runs was more than enough for Davis, who improved to 7-6 with her second shutout of the year. The Whittier, Calif. native struck out nine and walked five in seven complete innings.
Davis has held opponents to just three hits on two other occasions this season, both Gaucho victories. She quieted Kansas in a 3-1 win February 28 and did it again, shutting out No. 5 Stanford 2-0 March 4.
Christie Robinson pitched a gem but took the loss for the Rebels. She allowed two runs on two hits while striking out three and walking two and fell to 4-3.
Next up for the Gauchos is host Hawaii scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (HT) Friday night, as the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament continues.