UCSB Can't Keep Up With Northridge, Drops Doubleheader

UCSB Can't Keep Up With Northridge, Drops Doubleheader

April 22, 2006

Game One
Game Two

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team was held to just one run and dropped both ends of a Big West twin bill at Cal State Northridge in mercy rule fashion Saturday. Sophomore third baseman Danielle Meyers continued her tremendous play against league competition, hitting .500 and driving in the Gauchos' only run of the day.

In the first game, Northridge (14-18, 3-8 Big West) got off to a 1-0 lead with a run in the third. With one out, Jackie Duree singled and then stole second. After Heather Martin moved Duree to third on a groundout, Micah Putnam laid down a perfect bunt single on the first-base line to give the Matadors the advantage.

CSUN broke the game open with an eight-run fourth. With one away, Jan Moshier knocked her sixth homer of the season to left field to make it 2-0. Kelly Zakosek followed with a double to left-center and Jamie Pederson drove her in with a single to left-center. With Pederson moving to second on the throw home, Duree would then double to the same spot to make it a 4-0 Matador lead. Martin then reached on an error at second and stole second base to put runners at third and second. Putnam followed with a scoring fly ball to center to plate Duree for a 5-0 lead. The Matadors' third double of the inning, this time by Amanda Peek, would score Martin to make it a 6-0 game, and following a walk to Janine Grund, Smith belted her third homer of the season off the scoreboard in the back of left field to put Northridge up 9-0.

Freshman pitcher Selena Salazar held the Gauchos hitless for 4 1/3 innings before Meyers singled to left to break up the no-hitter. Salazar allowed just the one hit and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts. Duree and Peek each had two-hit games for the Matadors.

Jennifer Davis went the distance in the circle for the Gauchos and allowed nine runs (four earned), nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings.

In game two, the Gauchos (18-16, 2-6 Big West) took an early 1-0 lead with their lone run in the second inning. Freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright led off with a single to right and moved to third on a single to right by junior left fielder Jessica Hejna. The Matadors would get the next two outs, but Meyers then blooped a single just in front of second base to score Wright and give UCSB the advantage.

But from there it was all Matadors, who thanks to 11 walks and three hit batters, scored nine unanswered on only four hits. Martin started a six-run third inning with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Putnam. Peek then drew another free pass and Grund reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. The Matadors would even the game when freshman pitcher Tami Weston uncorked a wild pitch to score Martin. Northridge would reload the bases on a walk to Smith and Moshier drove in Peek with a single to center to make it 2-1. With the bases again loaded, Zakosek was hit by a pitch to force in Grund and Pederson drew a walk to score Smith to make it 4-1. A single down the left-field line by Duree would round out the scoring in the inning, plating Moshier and Zakosek to make it 6-1.

In the fourth, Peek hit the first pitch of the inning over the left-field fence for her Big West-leading 11th homer of the season to make it 7-1.

The Matadors invoked the mercy rule with a pair in the bottom of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Putnam drew a walk to score Pederson to make it 8-1. One out later, a walk to Grund would score Duree to give the Matadors a 9-1 lead and end the game.

Salazar went all five innings, allowing a run, five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Four different Matadors had the four hits.

For the Gauchos, Weston allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 4 2/3 innings, striking out two.

The Gauchos and Matadors wrap up their three game series Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Matador Diamond.