April 30, 2007
Senior softball player Jennifer Davis picked up a pair of wins in the circle and hit .417 with a homer and five runs scored over the weekend, leading the Gauchos to a series victory over Big West-leading Cal Poly. In the process, Davis set a new conference strikeout record.
With a total of 15 strikeouts against the Mustangs, Davis became the Big West Conference's all-time career leader with 801, surpassing Cal Poly's Desarie Knipfer (1995-98) who had 798. Davis is the only pitcher in Big West history to record 800 career Ks.
The Whittier, Calif. native was a force at the plate as well. Davis recorded at least a hit and a run in every game and collected two hits and two runs in two of the three contests in San Luis Obispo. Her best game of the series came in a 6-5 nine-inning win in game three, when she went 2-for-5 with her team-leading sixth home run of the season. Davis crossed the plate twice and scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth after starting the rally with a leadoff single.
In the circle, Davis shut down the high-powered Mustang offense in game one, holding Cal Poly scoreless on just four hits. After earning a tough loss in Saturday's nightcap, Davis bounced back and earned the victory Sunday, retiring the final six batters she faced in order after the Mustangs tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
It was UCSB's first series win of the season.
The right-hander was also tabbed the Big West Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Twice this season (and eight times during her career) she was named the conference's Pitcher of the Week.