NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Behind a seven doubles, UC Santa Barbara tallied 16 runs in sweeping Saturday's doubleheader at Cal State Northridge.
UCSB improves to 25-16 overall and stands at 5-3 in conference play. The Matadors fall to 26-17 and are 3-5 in the Big West.
Kathryn Pilpil led the team with four doubles, two in each game, as the Gauchos collected 17 total hits, eight for extra bases. Shelby Wisdom (13-11) pitched every inning in the doubleheader, as she picked up two wins to go along with her two-run homer in game two.
Santa Barbara will be going for the series sweep tomorrow at noon. The Gauchos will travel to UC Davis next weekend before returning to Campus Diamond on April 26th to open their three-game series with Hawai'i.
In their first game of a crucial three game conference series against Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara took advantage of some shaky defense by the Matadors and provided numerous timely hits to hold on for an 8-7 victory. The win moves the Gauchos to 4-3 in Big West play on the season.
Leading the offensive attack for UCSB was a trio of batters throughout the lineup. Kathryn Pilpil, Samantha Stark, and MeShalon Moore each collected two hits, with Pilpil and Stark combining for four RBI and three doubles.
On the mound for Santa Barbara was the reliable Shelby Wisdom, who kept Northridge's bats quiet enough to earn the victory. For the game, Wisdom allowed five earned runs while walking two and striking out three, along with a RBI double.
The Gauchos jumped on the Matadors right from the start, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Kristen Clark reached on an error to lead off the game and scored on Wisdom's double with one out. After Moore singled to the pitcher, Pilpil hit a two run double to right center to increase the UCSB lead. Stark's RBI single to right center capped off the inning's four spot.
After allowing a pair of runs in the second inning, the Gauchos tacked on three more of their own in the third. After Pilpil walked to lead off and Lauren Boser sacrificed her to second, Emily Brucelas and Stark smacked back-to-back RBI doubles to score two. The third run was scored with two outs when pinch runner Jaqueline Hinojosa crossed home plate following a passed ball.
Up 7-4 in the top of the sixth inning, Pilpil provided UCSB with some insurance when she hit her second RBI double of the game, this time to left center. After a Matadors rally in the bottom of the seventh, this proved to be the winning run.
Just as in the first game, UCSB wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard with four runs in the first. The Gauchos opened the game by drawing consecutive walks and Shelby Wisdom went on to load the bases by reaching on a perfectly placed bunt down the first base line.
MeShalon Moore brought the first Gaucho across home plate with a single driven up the middle and gave UCSB the early 1-0 lead. Kathryn Pilpil followed that at bat with a fielder's choice, but the Matadors would not pick up an out as second baseman Leann Lopez misfired on her throw to home, looking to prevent another run.
Still with no outs and bases loaded, the Gauchos saw back-to-back sacrifice flies from Lauren Boser and Emily Brucelas, respectively, to go up 4-0.
The Matador offense couldn't find a quick response in the bottom of the first, as Wisdom kept them quiet with a three up, three down inning.
Overall, Wisdom allowed only three earned runs off nine hits. She dealt one walk and a pair of strikeouts in her 13th win of the season.
The junior pitcher had already picked up a win earlier in the day, but she helped ensure her second victory with a two run shot in the second. With two outs and Kristen Clark on second base, Wisdom blasted a shot soaring over left field to give UCSB a daunting 6-0 lead.
The Gauchos would go up by as many as seven runs after Samantha Stark connected on an RBI single up the middle in the third.
CSUN got on the board with the help of a Gaucho fielding error, but the team never came close to threatening UCSB's lead.
Pilpil wrapped up the Gauchos' offensive tear with a booming RBI double hit to left center.