Gauchos Take Close Pair From UC Davis

Stacey Benzing had a pinch-hit for UC Davis in the Aggies' second game on Saturday.
 
Stacey Benzing had a pinch-hit for UC Davis in the Aggies' second game on Saturday.
 

April 16, 2005

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Caif. - Lindsey Herrin went 2-for-4 with two walks and hit two homeruns as the UC Santa Barbara softball team took two from UC Davis at Campus Diamond Saturday. Jennifer Davis and Lindsey Sommer were both dominant in the circle and earned victories for the Gauchos who have an overall record of 21-14 and a 5-4 Big West Conference mark.

"We definitely played more relaxed in our second game today," head coach Kristy Schroeder said. "I'm pleased with our offense and glad we put the bat on the ball to get our (batting) averages up."

After loading the bases with two outs and failing to score in the fourth inning of game one, UCSB scored the first run of the game in the fifth.

With one out, Liz Walters singled to center, Nicole Churnock walked and Brittany Putich was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sophomore left fielder Jessica Hejna then hit an RBI groundout to shortstop, scoring Walters, as the Gauchos took a 1-0 lead.

Santa Barbara added another run in the sixth after senior first baseman Lindsey Herrin hit a solo homerun to right center.

Starting pitcher Jennifer Davis took care of business in the circle, as she only allowed one UC Davis base runner advance past second base in the Gauchos' 2-0 shutout victory.

The sophomore ace held the Aggies scoreless on three hits while striking out ten and walking two in seven complete innings of work. Davis is now 12-7 on the year.

Junior hurler Rachel Kelly took the loss for the Aggies allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three. She falls to 3-11 this season.

UCSB jumped on Davis early in game two, scoring three runs in the first inning. Putich led off the inning with a double to left and, after advancing to third, scored on a wild pitch.

With one out and a runner on second, Herrin hit her second homer of the day, crushing a 3-2 pitch over the left center fence that put the Gauchos on top 3-0. The Coalinga, Calif. native has ten homeruns this season, which ties her UCSB single season record of a year ago. In only her second season as a Gaucho, Herrin is one long ball away from breaking that record and four away from becoming the all-time career homerun leader at UCSB.

 

 

The Aggies scored their only run of the day in the top of the sixth inning when third baseman Nikki Sheldon doubled to right, scoring center fielder Megan De La Hoya.

Santa Barbara added a run in their half of the sixth when pinch runner Alex Kinney scored on an RBI single by freshman catcher Danielle Meyers, putting the Gauchos ahead 4-1.

Game two starting pitcher Lindsey Sommer turned in another impressive performance, holding the Aggies to one run on four hits while striking out four and walking none. The sophomore improved to 7-4 on the year with the complete game victory.

Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Tognetti took the loss for the Aggies, falling to 0-12 this season. She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five in six innings of work.

The Gauchos complete their three game set with the Aggies Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Press release courtesy UCSB Athletics Media Relations