May 12, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team was held to just two hits as Long Beach State captured a 1-0 win during the last Big West Conference game of the season on Sunday afternoon at the 49er's Softball Complex. For the Gauchos, senior pitcher Jennifer Davis limited Long Beach State to just one run for the second consecutive game.
With the loss, UCSB finishes the regular season with a 30-21 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Big West games, one game behind last year's 8-10 record. The 49ers finish the season with a 28-25 overall record and an 11-7 conference mark. Long Beach earned the series win after splitting Friday's doubleheader taking game one 3-0 before falling 2-1 to the Gauchos in game two.
In the circle, Davis pitched her fourth consecutive complete game. The Whittier, Calif. native allowed just one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout. During the series, Davis allowed just two earned runs and nine hits in 19 innings of work. Davis finishes the season with a 14-14 record.
At the plate, Davis also provided one of the Gauchos two hits, going 1-for-3. Senior Jessica Hejna had the other Gaucho hit of the game, also providing a 1-for-3 performance.
Long Beach's Bridgette Pagano (20-11) picked up the win after throwing seven innings, giving up no runs on just two hits. Pagano walked just one batter and fanned four Gauchos.
Brianna Goad provided the game winning homerun, going 1-for-2 at the plate. Panita Thanatharn and Franciska Morlet provided the 49er's two additional hits of the game.
After the first nine batters of the game were retired in order, Goad homered over the right field fence with two outs to put the 49ers ahead 1-0 at the bottom of the second inning.
At the top of the fourth inning, Davis singled to center field with two outs for the first Gaucho hit of the game. Sophomore Tiffany Wright reached on a fielder's choice on the next play and Davis advanced to second, but the next UCSB batter grounded out leaving the two runners stranded.
Hejna singled to second base with just one out in the top of the sixth, but the next two batters were retired. Hejna proved to be the last batter of the game to get on-base as Long Beach took the 1-0 win.
The Gauchos, who made their second ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season, will find out if they have been granted an at-large bid to Regionals when the NCAA announces this season's tournament field between noon and 1:00 p.m. on ESPNews on Sunday. Cal Poly earned the Big West automatic bid into the 2007 tournament.