FRESNO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara went off to slow start at the Louisville Slugger Bash in dropping a 13-0 loss to Oregon State followed by a 7-2 defeat to Fresno State.
MeShalon Moore and Arianna Palomares co-led the team with two hits each, while Samantha Stark hit the Gauchos' lone RBI of the day. Palomares has improved her team-leading batting average to .364 and has tallied the eighth most hits in the Big West with 20.
UCSB will be back for the second day of the Louisville Slugger Bash with two more games. Up first for the Gauchos will be a 10 a.m. match against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, followed by a 3 p.m. ballgame against Oregon State. UCSB will look to break the 1-1 tie in its season series with Rutgers.
To open the tournament, UCSB fell 13-0 in five innings to Oregon State.
Ashley Ludlow started the game for UCSB and was credited with the loss after allowing five earned runs and recording two strikeouts.
The junior picked up both of those punch outs in the first inning with the second one ending a three-run rally by the Beavers. After two consecutive batters reached base on fielder's choice, the bases were loaded for Ya Garcia, but Ludlow struck her out swinging, getting the Gauchos out of the jam.
In the following inning though, Oregon State's offense kept rolling with four more runs, as the Beavers singled or doubled in their first four at bats and scored three runs. Having recorded no outs to that point, the Gauchos brought in Alex Pingree to pitch.
Though she allowed an RBI double with her first batter, Pingree recorded two groundouts and left three Beavers stranded in striking out Mikela Manewa to end the inning.
The junior kept Oregon State quiet in the third with three fly outs and giving up just one single.
The Beavers put the game out of reach in the fourth inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs. After two runners scored, the bases were loaded for the heart of the Oregon State lineup. Batting in the third spot, Dani Gilmore hit a grand slam to right center, while cleanup batter Hannah Akamine delivered her solo shot over left center.
In trailing throughout the game, the Gauchos struggled to get on base and did not record a hit in the game. Samantha Stark reached base twice with a walk and a hit by pitch, while a fielding error allowed Jacqueline Hinojosa to get on first.
In the top of the fifth, the Gauchos had Kayla Sisson on first with no outs, but could not get into scoring position as Oregon State recorded three consecutive outs to end the game.
UC Santa Barbara ended the first day of the Louisville Slugger Bash with a matchup against the hosts, Fresno State. Allowing a five run second inning, Santa Barbara conceded a 7-2 loss to the Bulldogs.
After the loss the Gauchos record stands at 4-13, while Fresno State is riding a four game win streak to improve its record to 12-4.
UCSB was in prime position in the top of the first as right fielder Jacqueline Hinojosa advanced to third after a pair of wild pitches. With runners on the corners, the Gauchos could not bring home any runs after a lineout double play to third base.
Junior pitcher Ashley Ludlow once again got the start in the circle for the Gauchos. The Petaluma, Calif. native made quick work in the bottom of the first with a flyout, strikeout, single and groundout.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs quickly grabbed the momentum. Bases loaded and only one out, Ludlow and the Gauchos defense had its back against the walls. Allowing a walk to bring home the game's first run, lead-off center fielder Brenna Moss singled up the middle to bring home two more runs. Fresno State produced two more runs off a two out double to take the 5-0 lead after two innings.
After another scoreless frame for UCSB, the Bulldogs were able to increase its lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the third. With runners on first and third with two outs, the hosts were able to take a 6-0 lead off a single to left field.
The bats of the Gauchos came alive in the top of the fourth as MeShalon Moore and Shelby Wisdom got on base to lead the charge. With runners on second and third due to an error in the outfield, junior Samantha Stark was able to produce runs with a two RBI single. Despite a bases loaded two out situation, UCSB could not produce any more runs as the Bulldogs escaped the inning.
Freshman Lena Mayer filled in for Ludlow to start the bottom of the fourth, and produced another solid outing. Mayer finished the match, pitching three innings without allowing an earned run.
In the end, UCSB could not close the gap of the Bulldogs and with an unfortunate error, the Bulldogs were able to capture its seventh run of the ballgame to beat the Gauchos, 7-2.