May 12, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Kendra Singley hit a two-run home run in each game and Danielle Meyers finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in game two as UC Santa Barbara bounced back from a 4-2 loss in the opener to even its final Big West Conference series of the year with a convincing 8-1 victory over Long Beach State Friday afternoon at Campus Diamond.
The Gauchos, who have won five of their last six, are now 24-19 overall and 8-9 in the Big West, while the 49ers move to 29-20 (12-5 Big West).
After pitching every inning in last weekend's sweep at UC Riverside, junior Jennifer Davis took the circle in both contests with LBSU and went 1-1. She is now 18-14 overall this season.
"I thought we picked up right where we left off in the first game at the start of game two," head coach Kristy Schroeder said. "I am very pleased with Jenn's second performance today and we hit the ball well from the end of game one on. "
In the early game, both Davis and 49er starting pitcher Michlle Turner had no-hitters working through three innings until Tiffanie Wedell singled to left field to lead off the top of the fourth. After Jonae Perez walked and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Jessica Beaver, Lacy Tyler doubled to right field, plating Wedell and Perez for a 2-0 lead.
Long Beach extended its advantage to 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning on two unearned runs after Wedell's liner got by freshman second baseman Christine Ramos with the bases loaded.
Though Santa Barbara had only mustered two hits off Turner entering the last of the seventh, they would not go down without a fight. Junior left fielder Jessica Hejna led off the inning with a single to center field and Singley followed with her team-leading eighth homer of the year--a towering fly ball that was just beyond the grasp of the 49er right fielder--to cut the deficit in half, 4-2. With one out, sophomore catcher Ericka Hansen singled to keep the rally going, but Turner went on to retire the final two batters and secure the victory for LBSU.
The 49ers' ace retired the first 13 batters she faced and improved to 24-9 with the win. Turner allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking none.
Davis, who allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits, took the loss for the Gauchos. She fanned four and walked four in seven complete innings of work.
UCSB fed off the momentum they gained at the end of the opener, taking an early 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
After Davis recovered to strike out the side with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the first, Singley connected for her second round-tripper of the afternoon in the bottom of the frame. Ramos led off the inning with a single to left center and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hejna. Singley then crushed a pitch to dead center field and the Gauchos never looked back.
With 20 career home runs, Singley needs only four more to pass Tonya Dias and become UCSB's all-time career leader. She finished with a total of five RBI on the day.
The 49ers scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth when Breezy Goad hit an infield single with runners on second and third to trim the Santa Barbara lead to 2-1. Barely making contact with the pitch, Goad sent a little dribbler in between Davis and the catcher and by the time Hansen was able to get to the ball, she had no play and the run had scored.
Although two runs proved to be enough for Davis, the Gauchos kept pouring it on, starting with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Hansen singled to start things off and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright. After stealing third, Hansen scored when sophomore designated player Danielle Meyers singled up the middle.
The next batter was Davis, who helped her own cause in the circle with a two-run home run over the center field fence. The homer was her second of the year.
UCSB added two more runs an inning later to put the game out of reach. After Singley walked, stole second and advanced to third on a sac fly, she scored on an RBI double from Hansen. Meyers' two out single brought in Hansen for the 7-1 lead.
Singley's RBI ground out in the last of the sixth gave the Gauchos their final 8-1 advantage.
Davis would only allow two more hits the rest of the way and closed out the win for UCSB. She surrendered just the one run on a total of five hits, with eight strikeouts and five walks in her 27th complete game of the year.
Tyler went the distance for the 49ers in game two, allowing eight runs on 11 hits. She struck out two and walked one, falling to 3-1 this season.
LBSU left 12 runners on base in the loss.
The Gauchos and 49ers will close out their regular season schedules with the rubber game Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Campus Diamond