UCSB Falls in Rematches with Rutgers, Oregon State

Jacqueline Hinojosa (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Jacqueline Hinojosa (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FRESNO, Calif. – On the second day of the Louisville Slugger Bash, UC Santa Barbara lost to Rutgers 12-1 and Oregon State 14-5. It was the third time that the Scarlet Knights met with the Gauchos, while the Beavers played them for the second time in the tournament.

Arianna Palomares paced the team with three hits on the day and now has five base knocks on the weekend, while Shelby Wisdom connected on a pair of doubles.

The Gauchos will conclude tournament play tomorrow with St. Mary's in an 11:30 a.m. scheduled game. UCSB will be looking to avenge a 14-6 loss to the Gaels at the Gaucho Classic earlier this season.

RUTGERS

UC Santa Barbara struggled to find their rhythm once again falling to Rutgers 12-1 in the third game of the Fresno State Louisville Slugger Bash.

UCSB's Lena Mayer (1-2) was credited with the loss giving up seven earned runs through three and two thirds innings.

Arianna Palomares and MeShalon Moore co-led Santa Barbara with a hit, while Moore also ran in the team's lone run.

In the bottom of the first down 2-0, the Gauchos manufactured a run cutting the Rutgers lead to one though failed score there after. UCSB only managed two hits through five innings against Dresdon Maddox (2-1).

The Scarlet Knights did most of their damage in the fourth inning putting up six runs on six hits all with two outs extending their lead to 9-1. Following two walks, Chandler Howard and Jackie Bates doubled back-to-back breaking the game wide open.

Ashley Ludlow then came into relieve Mayer though immediately gave up an RBI single to Jordan Whitley and an RBI triple to Melanie Slowinki adding to the damage.

In the bottom of the fourth, MeShalon Moore lead off with a single trying to get the Gauchos going though three consecutive fly out's put UCSB in a really tough hole going into the fifth.

In the fifth inning, Rutgers extended their lead with three more runs thanks in large part to a two-run home run by Jackie Bates. 

OREGON STATE

In their second game in as many days, UCSB fell to Oregon State in a five-inning game that ended 14-5.

Arianna Palomares and Shelby Wisdom led the team with two hits each, as both of Wisdom's were doubles. Palomares's double was her eighth of the year, while Wisdom now leads the Gauchos with a .514 slugging percentage.

In the circle, all three Gaucho pitchers made an appearance, but Alex Pingree (2-2) picked up the loss after allowing eight earned runs. Ashley Ludlow led the staff with two strike outs through her two innings of work.

After being shutout in Friday's game, the Gauchos were the first to get on the scoreboard in the rematch with three runs in the first inning. With Jacqueline Hinojosa at second, Palomares doubled down the left field line to drive her home. MeShalon Moore put runners on the corners with a single up the middle, while Wisdom kept the rally going with a double hit to center field to put Palomares across home plate.

What would have been a routine groundout ended up giving the Gauchos their third run of the inning, as Oregon State pitcher Rainey Dyreson misfired on her throw to first.

The Beavers had a quick response with four runs in the top of the second, which included a base clearing triple by Mikela Manewa.

Oregon State made its biggest offensive push in the third with nine runs. After allowing one run and loading the bases, Alex Pingree left the circle as Lena Mayer entered the game. Despite the pitching change, the Beavers continued to tack on the runs and took a 13-3 lead.

The Gauchos mustered two more runs in the bottom of the inning starting with Wisdom's leadoff double down the right field line. After she advanced to third on a wild pitch, Stark sent her home on a sacrifice fly hit to center field.

Emily Brucelas and DeJanee Moore then both got on base with singles, and Kristen Clark drew a walk to load the bases. This set the stage for Hinijosa's RBI single to the pitcher, giving UCSB its fifth run.