Gauchos Take Down Sacramento State and Loyola Chicago

March 10, 2007

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara used eight innings to defeat Sacramento State 3-2 and then took down Loyola Chicago 6-4 on the second day of the Stanford Classic being played at the Cardinal's Smith Family Field. Saturday's two wins allow the Gauchos to advance to Sunday's tournament championship game.

With the wins, Santa Barbara is now 16-6 overall on the season and 3-1 at this weekend's tournament.

In the first game of the day, sophomore Tiffany Wright went 4-for-4 with an RBI double in the eighth while junior catcher Ericka Hansen went 1-for-3 with her second homerun of the season. Senior Jessica Hejna had a 2-for-4 performance with a double and one run while junior Tisha Duran was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI at the plate.

Sophomore hurler Tami Weston picked up her second win of the season after pitching a complete eight innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking six and striking out eight. Weston is now 2-0 on the season.

For the Hornets, Kayla Meeks was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Amy Tompkins had the only other hit going 1-for-3 as well at the plate. Meeks took the loss for Sacramento State after pitching eight innings allowing three runs on 10 hits, walking two and fanning three.

Both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings as the Gauchos left four runners stranded between the two innings and Weston took down the first six Hornet batters in order. UCSB broke through at the top of the third as Hejna doubled down the right field line at the top of the order and a single from Duran advanced her to third and she scored on a Hornet error during the same play to put the Gauchos ahead 1-0.

With two outs at the bottom of the same inning, Weston walked Andrea Sherrill. Tompkins then laid down a bunt single and Katie Rhoe reached on a Gaucho error, which also brought Sherrill home for the unearned run tying the game at 1-1.

The deadlock remained at the end of the seventh sending the game into extra innings. Wright's double to left field brought in Duran unearned to give the Gauchos a 2-1 lead. Hansen's then added a solo homer to left center giving UCSB the 3-1 edge heading into the bottom of the inning.

Meeks singled up the middle driving in a Sacramento State run at the bottom of the eighth, but UCSB was able to escape with the 3-2 victory. Today's game was the second extra inning game of the season for the Gauchos, they previously beat San Diego State 1-0 on February 8 in eight innings.

In the second game of the day, Duran led the way going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI. Hansen chipped in a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI while Brittany Putich was 1-for-2 with a triple, one run and an RBI.

Freshman hurler MeLinda Matsumoto picked up the win after pitching four innings allowing no runs and no hits, walking one and striking out three. Matsumoto is now 7-1 on the season. Freshman Lindsey Correa started the game and allowed four earned runs on five hits, walked three and fanned one batter.

Raven Gengler led the Ramblers going 2-for-3 with a homer, a triple and three RBI and teammate Katerina Krause was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Krista Crosson took the loss after pitching three innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three.

Loyola opened the game with Gengler's homer at the top of the first which also drove in Ashley Mitchell putting the Ramblers up 2-0. The Gauchos responded at the bottom of the same inning when Duran tripled to right center bringing in Hejna for the first UCSB run. With two outs, Putich reached on a Loyola error bringing Duran home tying the score at 2-2.

With one out at the top of the third, Gengler once again had the hot bat as she hit an RBI triple. Krause followed suit as she tripled driving Gengler home to jump out to a 4-2 lead.

Santa Barbara fought back at the bottom of the same inning. Duran led off with a walk and Wright followed, reaching first on an error by the Ramblers. Putich advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and a single to left field with no outs from Hansen brought Duran home. Hansen stole second and Wright scored on another Loyola error tying the game at 4-4.

An RBI single from Hansen in the fifth allowed Putich to score the Gauchos' fifth run and a Rambler error in the sixth brought Ramos home for an unearned run giving UCSB the 6-4 win.

The Gauchos will complete the Stanford Classic on Sunday when they take on host No. 12 Stanford in the tournament's championship game at noon. The Cardinal defeated Santa Barbara 6-2 on Friday.