May 6, 2006
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos got a pair of strong pitching performances by starter Jennifer Davis, helping them to sweep the host UC Riverside Highlanders, 4-0 and 2-1 in a Big West doubleheader at Amy S.Harrison Field in Riverside Saturday.
UCSB improved to 22-19 overall and 6-8 in the Big West with the win while UCR is now 22-23 overall and 2-12 in the Big West.
In game one, the Gauchos got on the board first, scoring in the fifth inning as freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright slugged her sixth homer of the season over the wall in left field to give UCSB a 1-0 lead.
The Gauchos added three unearned runs in the sixth inning as UCR opened the frame with three consecutive errors, a walk, and then a fourth error. Sophomore designated player Danielle Meyers' RBI single drove in a pair to give the Gauchos a 4-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Davis, who allowed just four hits and walked three while striking out 11 as she improved to 15-13 with the complete-game win.
UCR starter Stephanie Marshall allowed six hits and two walks, and just one earned run, striking out four. She fell to 13-10 on the season.
The Gauchos scored first in the second game as Jessica Hejna came around on a first-inning RBI double by catcher Ericka Hansen. UCSB scored a second run in the top of the fifth inning when centerfielder Kendra Singley singled, stole second and came home on an RBI single by shortstop Brittany Putich.
UCR got it's lone run - and lone hit - in the sixth inning when shortstop Kristie Martinez hammered her fifth home run of the season over the right-center field wall to cut the lead to 2-1. But that was all Davis would allow, as she walked five and struck out seven in the win, improving to 16-13. Christin Songer (7-6) took the loss, allowing nine hits, four walks and two earned runs while striking out three in seven innings of work.
UCR had a couple of scoring opportunities and several hard hit balls that fell just short of hits, including a pair of warning track shots by third baseman Melissa Sanchez. In the fifth inning, center fielder Jamie Yee's hard hit grounder with runners on second and third was speared by third baseman Shelby Hensler for the third out of the inning.
The third game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m. at Amy S. Harrison Field. UCR's four graduating seniors will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at 1140 a.m.