April 9, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tiffany Wright finished 2-for-3 with a homerun that accounted for UC Santa Barbara's only run of the game in a 6-1 loss to University of the Pacific in the third and final game of the series Sunday at Campus Diamond. Chelsea Engle held the Gaucho offense in check all afternoon, allowing six hits.
The Gauchos, who have now dropped two straight at home for the first time since March 25-26, 2005, fell to 16-13 overall and 2-4 in the Big West with the loss, while the Tigers improve to 21-15 (2-1 Big West).
Junior pitcher Jennifer Davis notched her third straight start of the series for UCSB and took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
"I am pretty disappointed with our performance today," head coach Kristy Schroeder said. "We couldn't seem to get any hits at the right point in the game and our pitchers gave up way too many walks for us to be successful."
Pacific struck first for the third straight game, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single up the middle by second baseman Casey Goldsand.
The Tigers added two more an inning later when left fielder Brittany Hyams scored on a single to left by designated player Kristen Allen with runners on second and third. With two outs, Davis allowed a free pass to load the bases and proceeded to walk the next batter for UOP's third run of the game.
With the bases still loaded, freshman pitcher Tami Weston then came on in relief and struck out the first batter she faced to close out the inning.
But Pacific was not done, tacking on a run in the fourth. With two outs, Weston walked first baseman Jennifer Curtier and had a ball hit by right fielder Lauren Weyman go right between her legs. Curtier came around to score on a single by Allen and the Tigers held a 4-0 lead.
Wright led off the bottom of the frame with her team-leading fourth homerun of the year, a blast over the left center field fence. That was as close as Santa Barbara would get.
UOP got the run back on shortstop Lizzie Hagen's sacrifice fly in top of the sixth inning and an error in the seventh allowed another run to come home, as the lead ballooned to 6-1.
UCSB had a good start to the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff double by junior shortstop Brittany Putich and a single by junior designated player Liz Walters, but Putich was tagged out at the plate trying to come home on a fly out to center field and Engle struck out the next batter to preserve the victory.
The Tiger's freshman was dominant in the circle all game and improved to 7-5 with the win. In addition to limiting the Gauchos to just the one run, she struck out five and walked one.
Davis, who struck out three and walked four, fell to 11-10 on the year with the loss. Weston allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out five in four and one third innings. The two pitchers allowed a total of 11 walks in the game.
The Gauchos take the field next Friday, April 14 with the first two games of three-game set at UC Davis beginning at 1:30 p.m. Game three is slated for 12:00 p.m. Saturday.