Gauchos and Tigers Split Big West Doubleheader

April 25, 2009

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team (22-22, 5-9) snapped a four-game losing skid on Saturday as they shut out Pacific (17-28, 2-12), 3-0, in game one of this weekend's three-game Big West Conference series at the Tigers' Bill Simoni Field. The Tigers returned the favor in the doubleheader's second game, defeating the Gauchos, 3-2.

In game one, the Gauchos scored all three runs at the top of the first inning. Christine Ramos led off with a single to the right side and Jessica Ziegler then reached on an error by the Tiger first baseman while bunting Ramos over to second. An illegal pitch allowed Ramos to move to third before another Pacific error by the first baseman put Tiffany Wright on-base and sent Ramos home.

Amanda Ziegler then grounded out second base, sending her sister home for the unearned run. A third Tiger error put Katie McWhirter on first, and one play later, Jessica Beristianos grounded out to first base, driving Wright home and giving UCSB a 3-0 lead.

Defensively, Krista Cobb (15-8) held the Tigers to just three hits during a complete game performance. She walked three and struck out three in the win. Cobb is now just one win away from tying Jennifer Davis' (2004-07) record for most wins by a UCSB freshman pitcher.

For Pacific, Chelsea Engle (7-13) also had a stellar showing, tossing all seven innings and allowing just three hits. She walked none, struck out two and did not allow an earned run.

At the plate, Christine Ramos accounted for two of the Gauchos' three hits and tallied a run. Amanda Ziegler had the other hit - a double - and an RBI.

In game two, Pacific got on the scoreboard first at the bottom of the third inning when Nicole Matson led off with a solo home run over the right center field fence.

The Tigers stretched the lead in the fourth when Briana Santos hit an RBI single to right center field with two runners on and two outs, driving Lindsey Pierce home for an unearned run.

At the top of the sixth inning, Jessica Ziegler led off with a single to the shortstop and then stole second base before Wright hit a homer over the left field fence, tying the game at two apiece.

With two outs at the top bottom of the sixth, Kellee Wilson earned a walk and then Amanda Collier hit a single to the shortstop. During the same play, Wilson advanced to third base due to a Gaucho throwing error. Lauren Weyman followed with a RBI single up the middle, sending Wilson home for the gamewinning run.

MeLinda Matsumoto (2-9) took the loss after tossing the final 3.1 innings. She allowed two runs - one earned - on seven hits. She struck out three and walked one. Tami Weston started the game and allowed one earned run on five hits in 2.2 innings of work. She walked one and struck out two.

Gabby McDaniel (3-9) got the win after throwing two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Michelle Tait tossed the first five innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with two walks.

The Gauchos will complete their three-game set with Pacific on Sunday with a noon game at Bill Simoni Field.

With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth groups.

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