March 10, 2006
HONOLULU, Haw. - One game after shutting down UNLV in the circle, junior Jennifer Davis came up big at the plate cracking a double in the top of the seventh inning that scored the winning run in UC Santa Barbara's 2-0 victory over the University of Hawaii Friday evening on day two of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament.
The Gauchos, who won their second consecutive game by a 2-0 count, improve to 11-9 overall this season. The host Rainbows, fall to 10-9 with the loss.
UCSB was also out-hit for the second game in row 5-3, but Hawaii left six runners on base and the Gauchos' two runs in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference.
Rainbow starting pitcher Justine Smethurst had a one-hit shut out going entering the final inning. After retiring the first two batters, junior shortstop Brittany Putich drew a walk. The next batter was Davis, who doubled off the fence in right center field allowing Putich to come around and score the winning run. The designated player then came home on a single by junior third baseman Shelby Hensler, giving Santa Barbara their final 2-0 advantage.
Ginger Gutierrez, who was dominant again in the circle for UCSB, retired the side in the bottom of the seventh, preserving her second career shutout victory. She allowed five hits while striking out three and walking two in seven complete innings of work. Gutierrez is now 3-2 with the win.
The junior transfer also shutout Loyola University-Chicago in a 6-0 Gaucho victory March 4 in last weekend's Worth Invitational.
Smethhurst pitched extremely well for UH, but took the loss and fell to 5-4. She gave up a total of three hits, fanned five and walked three.
The Gauchos wrap up the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament Saturday, March 11 when they face Longwood University at 10:00 a.m. (HT).