March 4, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - Freshman second baseman Christine Ramos went 2-for-3 and scored what became the winning run and junior Jennifer Davis hushed the Stanford offense, allowing just three hits in UC Santa Barbara's victory over the fifth-ranked Cardinal Saturday in Fullerton.
With their second-straight shutout win, the Gauchos improve to 9-6 overall, while the Cardinal lost for the fourth time this year and fell to 15-4.
The win was the Gauchos' first against a ranked opponent in 2006 in seven chances.
For the second consecutive game, UCSB came out of the gates ready to play and got on the board in the first inning. Ramos led off the inning with a single to left center. Junior left fielder Jessica Hejna followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Ramos to second base. The next batter was junior center fielder Kendra Singley, who stepped up and knocked a single to left center to score Ramos from second, as the Gauchos took a 1-0 lead.
After going down in order in the first two innings, two of Stanford's three hits came in the bottom of the third on singles by Lindsay Key and Catalina Morris, but Davis struck out the next batter to close out the inning.
Santa Barbara added another run in the fourth inning when freshman first baseman Tiffany Wright was hit by a pitch to lead off things off. She then stole second and came home on a single up the middle by junior shortstop Brittany Putich and the Gauchos' advantage increased to 2-0.
Erin Howe got the Cardinal's final hit of the contest in the fifth with a one out single to second base. Key advanced Howe to second with a sacrifice bunt, but Davis came through again and recorded the final out of the inning.
She retired the final six batters in order and the Gauchos went on to win by the final 2-0 count.
One day after losing to No. 9 Oregon State, the Whittier, Calif. native pitched brilliantly against Stanford, allowing three hits in what was undoubtedly her biggest win of the year. Davis (6-4) struck out nine and walked none en route to her sixth victory.
In seven innings, sophomore pitcher Becky McCullough allowed five hits and two runs, while striking out one in a losing cause for the Cardinal.
The Gauchos conclude Cal State Fullerton's Worth Invitational Sunday, March 5 with a matchup against Purdue scheduled for 11:15 a.m.