Gauchos Drop Both Games of Doubleheader at Long Beach State
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State's big hits were enough to down UC Santa Barbara in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday. The Gauchos are now 25-19 overall and are 6-8 in conference.
Shelby Wisdom's 3-4 performance at the plate was not enough as UC Santa Barbara was shutout at Long Beach State 6-0 on Saturday. Wisdom's multi-hit game included a double, while Arianna Palomares followed her by going 2-3.
In addition to her work at bat, Wisdom also tossed six innings, giving up four earned runs, and striking out four batters.
The 49ers made their first breakaway from UCSB in the bottom of the second inning. After a walk and a single, Long Beach State's Nalani St. Germain found the scoreboard on a three-run homerun hit over the left field wall.
Wisdom stopped the bleeding by retiring the next two batters, including her first punch-out of the day.
The score didn't move through the next three innings thanks to the Gauchos' defense. Wisdom led in the effort with three perfect innings in the fourth and fifth.
Long Beach State would end the gridlock with another three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game away. This time it was Sarah Carrasco who delivered for the 49ers as she connected on the long ball that yielded the game's 6-0 final score.
It was Wisdom who ended the inning with her fourth and final strikeout of the game by catching Brianna Stephan looking.
The Gauchos outhit the 49ers 9-6, but could not bring any runner across home plate, as 11 were left on base.
An illegal pitch gave LBSU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Gaucho's starting pitcher Alex Pingree managed to keep UCSB close by keeping the 49ers scoreless through the second and third innings. During that time, the freshman did not give up a hit or walk.
However, the 49ers found their offensive groove in the fourth by extending their lead to 3-0. With two outs and the bases loaded, Emily Gregorio hit a single up the middle to run in two 49ers.
Andrianna Collins was called in for relief immediately after the play, and successfully got the Gauchos out of the inning by forcing a groundout.
The Gauchos began to make their move in the top of the sixth thanks to a pair of wild pitches from Long Beach State reliever Amanda Hansen. Shelby Wisdom led off the inning with a single hit to right center. Two wild pitches later, Wisdom found her self and third.
Arianna Palomares approached the plate with one out and laid down bunt to the pitcher. Wisdom made a mad dash to home, but she was beat out on the tag for the second out of the inning.
Palomares reached first safely on the fielder's choice, but she would not be there long as Jeppesen would send her home courtesy of a two-run shot. The Gauchos pulled closer as the score moved to 3-2.
It was Jeppesen's first homer of the season. Last year, she was tied for second on the team with five dingers.
Long Beach State would put the game away with a three-run sixth inning that included a solo shot from Nalani St. Germain. Collins was able to end the offensive burst by forcing a groundout to second, but by then the 49ers collected the eventual winning score of 5-2.
The Gauchos will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 1pm.