Feb. 22, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team began its home-opening Softball by the Beach Tournament in strong fashion on Friday as the Gauchos defeated visiting Portland State at Campus Diamond. UCSB scored a run at the top of the first inning and held on for the 1-0 victory. With the win, UCSB's record improves to 4-6 overall.
Junior Tami Weston (2-0) pitched her way to her second consecutive win, tossing a complete game shutout. Weston allowed six hits and two walks while fanning four batters. The shutout marked the Gauchos' second of the year.
At the plate, senior left fielder Nicole Churnock led the way, going 3-for-3 with a stolen base. Junior Christine Ramos was 1-for-3 with the lone run of the game and senior Tisha Duran provided the only other Gaucho hit of the game and the lone RBI. Despite being outhit six-to-five during the game, the Gauchos had more opportunities on the base paths, as they left nine batters stranded versus Portland State's six.
After the Gauchos retired the first three Vikings at the top of the first, lead-off hitter Ramos opened the bottom of the first with a single to right center field. An error by the third basemen on the next play put Jessica Ziegler on, and advanced Ramos to second.
One out later, a single to left field off the bat of Duran brought Ramos home. With two outs, freshman Mary Episcopo walked, loading the bases, but no more runners were brought home as the Gauchos held onto their 1-0 lead.
In the loss, Shannon Stacy went 2-for-3 with a double, leading Portland State. Mandy Hill (3-5) pitched the complete game for the Vikings, allowing just one earned run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
In other tournament action, Portland State defeated St. John's during the second game of the day. The Vikings scored a run in each of the first three innings to defeat the Red Storm, 3-1.
The Softball by the Beach Tournament will continue on Saturday with three games. UCSB will take-on St. John's at 9 a.m. and Portland State at 11:30 a.m. Portland State and St. John's will face-off once again at 2 p.m.
Game times for Sunday have also been pushed back. St. John's and Portland State will now play at 10 a.m. and the Gauchos' second pairing with St. John's is now scheduled for 11 a.m.