Gauchos Capture First Win of 2007 Over No. 23 Massachusetts

Feb. 9, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore Tiffany Wright went 2-for-4 with two runs, a triple and an RBI to help the UC Santa Barbara softball team to its first win of the season over No. 23 Massachusetts, 8-6. The Gauchos used an evenly spread offense with seven batters driving in runs, to defeat the Minutewomen in the second game of San Diego State's Campbell/Cartier Classic on Friday morning.

With the win, the UCSB record is lifted to 1-1 on the early season while UMass falls to 0-1. Friday's game was the second-ever between the two teams and the Gauchos own the series record at 2-0.

In addition to Wright's standout performance, several other Gauchos contributed solid play to the win. Junior Tisha Duran went 1-for-2 with two runs, a double and an RBI while second basemen Christine Ramos went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Senior shortstop Brittany Puttich had a good morning at the plate as well going 1-for-3 with a double and a team-leading two RBI.

Freshman pitcher Lindsay Correa picked up the win in her first collegiate appearance. Correa pitched a complete game allowing six runs, five of which were earned, and fanned seven.

Candice Molinari led the Minutewomen with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs while her teammate Samantha Salato went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Bailey Sanders pitched a complete game for UMass allowing eight runs, six earned, and striking out five.

With two outs in the top of the first junior Ericka Hansen got things started for the Gauchos when she walked and then advanced on a passed ball. Duran followed and earned a walk. With two runners on base, Wright struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch. Putich continued the trend with a walk that brought Hansen home. Adrienne Anderson and Jackie Conlin brought in the Gauchos' second and third runs on walks to end the two-out Gaucho scoring rally.

Amanda Morin got UMass rolling in the bottom of the first with a walk, which was followed by a single to the shortstop by Molinari. Both runners advanced with a sacrifice bunt from Whitney Mollica. On the ensuing play, UMass runner Morin was cut down by at the plate by Putich, allowing Amanda Acampora to reach on a fielder's choice. Salato brought Molinari home on a single to right field giving UMass its first run of the game. Correa walked the next two batters allowing Massachusetts to collect its second run before ending the inning by striking out Sanders swinging.

With one out at the top of the second, Jessica Hejna walked and was brought home two batters later when Duran doubled to center field. Wright singled to left field allowing Duran to score spreading the Gaucho lead to 5-2.

UMass was shut down in the second with Correa fanning two of the four batters faced.

UCSB picked up its sixth run in the top of the third when freshman Jessica Ziegler reached on an error and then advanced on a single by Ramos. Ziegler scored on a single from Hejna. The Gauchos followed retiring four batters once again in the fourth to hold their 6-2 advantage.

Santa Barbara was silenced in the top of the fourth before UMass' Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice and advanced off of singles by Morin and Molinari. Mollica grounded out to second base driving Hernandez home cutting the Gaucho lead to 6-3.

Anderson opened the fifth with a walk and was advanced via a sacrifice bunt from Conlin. Two batters later, Ramos singled up the middle bringing a runner in for a 7-3 lead. UMass had a pair of singles before the inning was closed with a ball fouled out, followed by two strikes from Correa.

At the top of the sixth with two outs, Wright tripled to center field on the first pitch and Putich followed with a double to left center bringing Wright home. Correa struggled at the bottom of the sixth walking two batters and then advancing them both on a wild pitch. Mollica grounded out to second base bringing Morin home before Amanda Acampora grounded out to short for the second consecutive run cutting the UCSB lead to 8-5.

UCSB was shut down in the seventh before, with two outs, the Minutewomen reached on an error that was advanced with a triple to right field by Hernandez. With Williams on third, Morin walked and then stole second before Molinari lined out to short ending the game with the Gauchos ahead 8-6.

The Gauchos continue competition at the Campbell/Cartier Classic this afternoon when they take on host San Diego State at 4:30 p.m. .