April 21, 2007

Gauchos Continue to Struggle in Big West Play, Drop Pair to Visiting Northridge

April 21, 2007

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team fell to 0-8 in Big West Conference play on Saturday after dropping a pair of games to Cal State Northridge at Campus Diamond. A grand slam home run helped propel the Matadors over UCSB, 5-1 in game one of the doubleheader and Northridge completed the day with a 9-8 comeback victory in game two.

With the pair of losses, the Gauchos are now 23-17 overall on the season and 0-8 in conference games. Northridge improves to 16-18-1 on the season and 4-7 in the Big West.

In game one, Jennifer Davis took the loss after throwing a complete game giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on 10 hits while walking four and striking out 11. Davis, who is now 7-11 on the season, also had the Gauchos' only run of the game with her first of two home runs on the day, hit to left field at the bottom of the fifth inning.

For the Matadors, Christina Saenz led the way going 2-for-4 at the plate with the grand slam homer at the top of the fourth inning that put Northridge on the board 4-0. Saenz also had an RBI double in the fifth inning that accounted for the fifth Matador run.

In the circle, Mercedes Lovato picked up the win for the Matadors after allowing just one run on four hits, while walking one batter and fanning four.

The Gauchos seemed to rebound from the 5-1 loss as they collected four runs in the bottom of the first inning including a two-run homer from sophomore Tiffany Wright and Davis' second homer of the day.

The next three Matador batters went down in order at the top of the second before the Gauchos' Jessica Hejna hit an RBI double at the bottom of the inning, which was followed by a triple from Tisha Duran that brought Hejna home. On the same play, Duran scored on a Matador error to bring the UCSB lead to 7-0.

Northridge responded with a pair of runs in the third, including an RBI double from Jackie Duree. An RBI single from Putich at the bottom of the same inning stretched the Gaucho lead to 8-2.

A triple to right field from Lauren Olivas at the top of the fifth started a Matador rally as Saenz provided her second RBI double of the game on the next play. An error at second base by the Gauchos allowed the third runner of the inning to come home cutting the UCSB lead to 8-5.

At the top of the seventh, with one out, Amanda Peek homered to center field for another Matador run. A pair of singles ensued and a double off the bat of Sarah Kahn-Shamout sent home two Northridge runners tying the game at 8-8. Pinch hitter Miranda Ponce hit an RBI single to second base grabbing the first lead of the game for CSUN at 9-8. At the bottom of the inning, Davis walked with two outs, but the Gauchos were unable to bring her home falling 9-8.

Freshman MeLinda Matsumoto took the loss falling to 9-5 on the year after throwing a complete game giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout. Duran led the Gauchos at the plate with her two run homer and an additional run scored.

For the Matadors, Kahn-Shamout was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a walk. Lovato took the win after pitching the final 2.1 innings allowing no hits, walking one and striking out two. The hurler is now 11-9 on the year.

The Gauchos will conclude the three-game series with the Matadors on Sunday. The game, which will be played at UCSB's Campus Diamond, is scheduled for noon. The UC Santa Barbara softball team fell to 0-8 in Big West Conference play on Saturday after dropping a pair of games to Cal State Northridge at Campus Diamond. A grand slam home run helped propel the Matadors over UCSB, 5-1 in game one of the doubleheader and Northridge completed the day with a 9-8 comeback victory in game two.

With the pair of losses, the Gauchos are now 23-17 overall on the season and 0-8 in conference games. Northridge improves to 16-18-1 on the season and 4-7 in the Big West.

In game one, Jennifer Davis took the loss after throwing a complete game giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on 10 hits while walking four and striking out 11. Davis, who is now 7-11 on the season, also had the Gauchos' only run of the game with her first of two home runs on the day, hit to left field at the bottom of the fifth inning.

For the Matadors, Christina Saenz led the way going 2-for-4 at the plate with the grand slam homer at the top of the fourth inning that put Northridge on the board 4-0. Saenz also had an RBI double in the fifth inning that accounted for the fifth Matador run.

In the circle, Mercedes Lovato picked up the win for the Matadors after allowing just one run on four hits, while walking one batter and fanning four.

The Gauchos seemed to rebound from the 5-1 loss as they collected four runs in the bottom of the first inning including a two-run homer from sophomore Tiffany Wright and Davis' second homer of the day.

The next three Matador batters went down in order at the top of the second before the Gauchos' Jessica Hejna hit an RBI double at the bottom of the inning, which was followed by a triple from Tisha Duran that brought Hejna home. On the same play, Duran scored on a Matador error to bring the UCSB lead to 7-0.

Northridge responded with a pair of runs in the third, including an RBI double from Jackie Duree. An RBI single from Putich at the bottom of the same inning stretched the Gaucho lead to 8-2.

A triple to right field from Lauren Olivas at the top of the fifth started a Matador rally as Saenz provided her second RBI double of the game on the next play. An error at second base by the Gauchos allowed the third runner of the inning to come home cutting the UCSB lead to 8-5.

At the top of the seventh, with one out, Amanda Peek homered to center field for another Matador run. A pair of singles ensued and a double off the bat of Sarah Kahn-Shamout sent home two Northridge runners tying the game at 8-8. Pinch hitter Miranda Ponce hit an RBI single to second base grabbing the first lead of the game for CSUN at 9-8. At the bottom of the inning, Davis walked with two outs, but the Gauchos were unable to bring her home falling 9-8.

Freshman MeLinda Matsumoto took the loss falling to 9-5 on the year after throwing a complete game giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout. Duran led the Gauchos at the plate with her two run homer and an additional run scored.

For the Matadors, Kahn-Shamout was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a walk. Lovato took the win after pitching the final 2.1 innings allowing no hits, walking one and striking out two. The hurler is now 11-9 on the year.

The Gauchos will conclude the three-game series with the Matadors on Sunday. The game, which will be played at UCSB's Campus Diamond, is scheduled for noon.