April 23, 2006
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After Cal State Northridge won a pair of run-rule contests to start the series, UC Santa Barbara answered with 17 hits and 13 runs to win the finale 13-5 Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Tiffany Wright went 3-for-4 with four RBI and hit her fifth homerun of the season and Jennifer Davis notched her team-leading 13th victory for the Gauchos in the win.
With the victory, UC Santa Barbara improves to 19-16 and 3-6 in Big West play, while Northridge falls to 14-19 overall and 3-9 in conference.
UCSB jumped ahead with two runs in the second innings and never looked back. With one out, sophomore catcher Ericka Hansen and starting pitcher Davis connected on back-to-back singles. One out later, sophomore third baseman Danielle Meyers singled to center to score Hansen to make it 1-0. Junior shortstop Brittany Putich then beat out an infield single to third and, Davis rounded and came home to score the second run on the throw to first.
The Gauchos scored two more in the third when Wright homered to left field with Kendra Singley aboard for her team-leading fifth knock of the season. The Matadors would draw to within two in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, Jamie Pederson reached on an error at second and Jackie Duree followed with her first career homer to straight-away center to make it a 4-2 game.
But Santa Barbara kept on scoring, plating three in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. In the fourth, Meyers had an RBI double, junior left fielder Jessica Hejna laid down a perfect squeeze bunt for a run and Wright had a run-scoring single. Davis scored on an error in the fifth to give the Gauchos their eighth run and Singley homered in the sixth to get Santa Barbara into double figures. UCSB rounded out its scoring with a two-run double by Hejna and an RBI single by Wright in the seventh.
The Matadors recorded a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, but could not keep up with the Gauchos. In the fourth, an RBI groundout by Jan Moshier scored freshman Peek. In the fifth, Heather Martin drove in Pederson and Duree on a single up the middle.
Davis went the distance for the 20th time this year, allowing five runs (three earned), seven hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. She improves 13-12 on the season with the victory.
Sam Schroeder started in the circle for the Matadors and allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in 1 2/3 innings with one strikeout. Stacy Milne came in the game in the second for her first collegiate appearance in the circle and gave up four runs, four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout. Selena Salazar tossed the final four innings and gave up seven runs (four earned), 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Davis, Hejna, Meyers and Wright all had three-hit games for UCSB.
The Gauchos return home next weekend for a three game set with central coast rival Cal Poly starting with a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday, both starting at 12:00 p.m.