April 10, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team snapped its six game losing streak on Tuesday evening when they upset non-conference opponent No. 24 ranked Fresno State at Bulldog Diamond by way of a 1-0 eight inning shutout. The Gauchos were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Bulldogs but the second game was cancelled when transportation issues delayed UCSB's arrival in Fresno.
With the win Santa Barbara's record is lifted to 21-14 overall on the season and 4-5 on the road. Fresno State falls to 32-14 on the season and picked up just its second home loss falling to 16-2 at Bulldog Diamond.
Senior pitcher Jennifer Davis led the Gauchos throwing a complete eight innings allowing only two hits to pick up her fourth shutout of the season. The Whittier, Calif. native struck out a season-high 14 batters on her way to the win. Davis is now 5-10 on the season.
At the plate the Gauchos were led by junior third basemen Tisha Duran who went 3-for-4 with the game-winning run. Sophomore Tiffany Wright was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and junior catcher Ericka Hansen was 2-for-4 during the game.
For the Bulldogs, Robin Mackin took the loss in the circle after pitching all eight innings allowing just one run on six hits while fanning six. Shortstop Haley Perkins and catcher Nichole Willis accounted for Fresno State's two hits, each going 1-for-3 during the game.
After seven scoreless innings, the Gauchos took the Bulldogs into extra innings. With one out at the top of the eighth, Duran singled to right field. The next batter was Wright who provided her second triple of the season, hitting the ball to right center and driving Duran home. The next two batters grounded and flied out to end the inning with the 1-0 lead.
The Gauchos took down the next three batters in order including two strikeouts by Davis to capture the 1-0 shutout victory.
Tuesday's game marked the third of the last four games the Gauchos have played that extended into eight innings. It also was the fourth consecutive game UCSB has played that has been decided by one run.
UCSB will continue non-conference action later this week when they host future Big West foe UC Davis for a three game series at Campus Diamond this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at noon and the series will conclude with a single noontime match-up on Sunday.