UCSB Battles for Two Wins on Second Day of Gaucho Classic II
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team picked up two victories on the second day of the Gaucho Classic II on Saturday at Campus Diamond. The Gauchos bested Seattle University, 6-4, in a battle that carried ten innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Then picked up a win, 5-4, in a closely contested battle against South Dakota State.
With the wins, UCSB improves its record to 12-5 on the season.
In the first game of the day UC Santa Barbara struggled to keep the lead for the duration of the game, letting the Redhawks tie the game back up on four separate occasions.
Arianna Palomares, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI's, started things off for the Gauchos by leading off with a double to center in the fourth. Shelby Wisdom knocked her home for the first run of what would be a long, hard-fought game.
Seattle's Brianna Guerrero got things going for the Redhawks in the next half inning by leading off with a triple. She would eventually score to tie it up as a result of McKenzie Kane's error in left field.
Kathryn Pilpil earned the Gauchos their next lead, putting them on top 3-1 in the sixth inning by sending a two-run shot over the fence in right center. It would be her only hit in the game.
Seattle not only responded by tying the game later that inning after another costly error by Kane in left field, but did so once more in extra innings.
In the top of the eighth inning, Wisdom came across the plate to put the Gauchos up 4-3 following an error by the Redhawks at shortstop. Seattle promptly responded in the following frame by bunting over the runner on second base and scoring her on a sacrifice fly to center.
Breaking the back-and-forth battle once and for all was freshman standout Palomares, who homered in the tenth to bring home two runs and ultimately give the Gauchos the win.
Wisdom got the win for the Gauchos, striking out two in 3.2 innings en route to improving her record to 8-4 on the season. Alex Pingree got the no-decision after 6.1 strong innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits and five strikeouts.
In the second game of the day, the Gauchos overcame a three run deficit to topple South Dakota State 5-4.
UCSB's offense had been shut down and had no hits until the fourth inning. Trailing 3-0, Pilpil was hit by a pitch to start off the inning. Pilpil would later advance to second on a ground ball out by Wisdom.With two outs in the inning Lauren Boser stepped up to the plate and stroked a single up the middle to score Pilpil for the first of her two runs on the day. McKenzie Kane then laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out for a hit. That brought up Sami Stark, who for the second straight day, came up clutch as she hammered a pitch to right center for a double. The ball hit off the top of the fence and was two inches from being a home run. Boser and Kane would come around to score on the hit to tie the game at 3-3.
Wisdom struggled in the circle for UCSB giving up three runs and four hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Most of the damage came from South Dakota State's Sammy Bingham who had a double and a two-run home run off Wisdom.
Andriana Collins would come in for Wisdom in the top of the fourth and found herself quickly in a jam. With the bases loaded, Bingham came up to the plate but Collins struck her out swinging. The strikeouts continued for Collins who struck out seven over her 3.2 innings pitch to close out the game. None more critical than in the seventh inning when she struck out the side to eliminate any chance South Dakota State had. Collins picked up the win, improving her record to 2-1 on the year.
Wisdom may have had a tough day in the circle but she made up for it big time at the plate. After hits by Jessica Soria and Pilpil, and a walk by Keilani Jennings to load the bases, Wisdom hit a deep shot to the fence in left field for a double. Soria and Pilpil came around to take the lead for good 5-4.
The Gaucho Classic II wraps up action on Sunday with UCSB taking on South Dakota State at 10 a.m. and Seattle at 12:00 p.m.