Feb. 16, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior pitcher Jennifer Davis went 2-for-3 with three RBI while also throwing a complete game shutout helping UC Santa Barbara defeat Nevada, 4-0 Friday morning in the opening game of this weekend's Softball By The Beach Invitational. The tournament featured two more shutouts on Friday with Nevada rebounding to take a 3-0 win over Northern Colorado and Long Beach State taking out the Bears as well, 8-0.
With the home opening win, the Gaucho record now stands at 3-2 on the season while Nevada dropped to 0-6 before improving to 1-6 later in the day.
In addition to her 2-for-3 performance at the plate, Davis allowed no runs on only two hits and struck out seven batters while walking none. Friday's win was the first this season for Davis who now holds a 1-2 record. Sophomore Tiffany Wright went 1-for-3 on the game with one run and an RBI.
Tyler Schafer, who went 1-for-3, and Sam Bias, who was 1-for-2, accounted for the Wolfpack's two hits. Hurler Katie Holverson took the loss for Nevada after pitching only 1.2 innings but allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and walking two. Holverson was relieved by Jordan McPherson who pitched 4.1 innings allowing no hits and no runs and striking out one.
After retiring the first three batters in the top of the first, the Gauchos got things rolling offensively at the top of the order when sophomore Christine Ramos reached on a pitcher error. A sacrifice hit from senior Jessica Hejna advanced Ramos to second and junior Ericka Hansen found herself on base after getting hit by a pitch.
With runners on first and second, junior Tisha Duran reached on a fielder's choice as Hansen was called out at second and Ramos advanced to third. An error by the shortstop advanced Duran to second and sent Ramos home for the first Gaucho run of the game.
Next in the order was Wright who singled to center field and then advanced to second driving Duran home. The Wolfpack defense walked senior Brittany Putich before designated player Danielle Meyers singled to the shortstop loading the bases. Davis was up next and a single to center field brought Wright and Putich home to give UCSB a 4-0 lead.
Liz Walters was patient and earned a walk in the ensuing at bat, once again loading the bases up, but a switch from Halverson to McPherson in the circle got the Wolfpack out of the jam.
Though the Nevada defense was able to keep UCSB quiet the rest of the game, outstanding pitching by Davis sealed the win for the Gauchos.
Nevada (1-6) bounced back in its second game of the day as the Wolfpack fought through four and half scoreless innings against Northern Colorado before a triple by Kym Silagyi in the bottom of the fifth brought home the first run of the game. In the next inning, Nevada scored two more to capture the 3-0 win over the Bears and to grab its first victory of the season.
Michelle Beach led the Wolfpack going 1-for-2 with one run and an RBI while Sarah Hunt went 2-for-3 with one run. McPherson pitched a complete game allowing no runs on six hits with four strikeouts. For Northern Colorado, pitcher Hillarie Van Otterloo went 2-for-3 at the plate and also picked up the loss allowing three runs on as many hits, all earned, and striking out five.
In the last game of the day, Long Beach State (2-4) took Northern Colorado (1-6) down by way of the mercy rule after scoring eight runs in the first four innings, including five in the top of the fourth. Jessica Beaver went 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Lacy Tyler was 1-for-2 with one run and an RBI for the 49ers. Brianna Goad also chipped in with a 2-for-4 performance with one run and an RBI. The 49ers' pitcher of record was Bridgette Pagana, who pitched a complete five innings with no runs on two hits and six strikeouts.
The Softball By The Beach Invitational will continue tomorrow at Campus Diamond. The Gauchos will face Big West foe Long Beach State in a nonconference match-up at 9:00 a.m. before taking on Northern Colorado at 11:00 a.m. Saturday's final game is scheduled between Long Beach and Nevada and is slated to start at 1:00 p.m.