Gauchos Fall to No. 16 Cal 5-1, Slip in 16-8 Loss to Iowa State

Arianna Palomares (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Arianna Palomares (Photo by Tony Mastres)

LAS VEGAS – UCSB went 0-2 in the second day of the Rebel Classic with a 5-1 loss to No. 16 Cal followed by a 16-8 defeat to Iowa State.

The Gauchos are now 6-18 this season, and will complete tournament play tomorrow against UNLV at 1:30 p.m.

Arianna Palomares and Shelby Wisdom hit three-run homers, while Kristen Clark led the team with three total hits. Wisdom's four RBI also paced the Gauchos, as she has now recorded eight this weekend behind three home runs.

No. 16 CAL

UC Santa Barbara opened the second day of the UNLV Rebel Classic with a tough matchup against No. 16 California. Despite a complete game by junior pitcher Alex Pingree, Santa Barbara fell to the Golden Bears, 5-1.

Pitching all seven innings, Pingree allowed eleven hits, five earned runs and two strikeouts. Senior Shelby Wisdom recorded the only Gaucho RBI in the match, hitting a Sac-fly in the bottom of the first.

California went up early, securing the first run of the match off a one-out single. Despite two errors by the Gauchos defense, UCSB escaped the inning to only be down a single run.

The bottom of the first opened with a single to left field by sophomore Kristen Clark. After a ground-out, the Gauchos found runners on the corners due to a wild pitch by pitcher, Katie Sutherland-Finch. Wisdom successfully produced a sacrifice-fly to center field to tie the ballgame at one apiece.

Cal took command of the game as the Golden Bears blanked the Gauchos offense for the remainder of the match. The Pac-12 squad went ahead in the top of the second, as Alleah Laxamana crushed a homer to left field.

Jasmin Meija led the top of the fourth with her own homer, increasing the lead to 3-1. Cal continued to dominate, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With a two-out triple, the Golden Bears brought home the last two runs of the match.

The Gauchos offense could not produce much against Sutherland-Finch, as the squad was only able to record four hits in the 5-1 loss against the Golden Bears.

IOWA STATE

Though UCSB had two big home runs from Arianna Palomares and Shelby Wisdom, it was not enough to keep pace with Iowa State, which won 16-8 after five innings.

Kristen Clark and Wisdom co-led the team with two hits each, while Palomares tied Wisdom with three RBI.

Ashley Ludlow tossed 3 2/3 innings in allowing eight earned runs, though Lena Mayer was credited with the loss after giving up four earned runs in her one inning of work.

The Cyclones stormed out to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings, but the Gauchos knotted the score in the top of the third. With runners on first and second, Wisdom cranked her third home run of the weekend to deep center field, giving UCSB the game-tying shot. The senior now leads the Gauchos with four home runs this season.

Iowa State had the quick response, though, with five runs in the bottom of the third to gain an 8-3 lead over the Gauchos.

The teams continued to light up the scoreboard in the fourth inning, as UCSB put up five more runs to tie the game. With bases loaded, MeShalon Moore was the first Gaucho to cross home plate following a throwing error by the right fielder. Palomares then cleared the bases with her first jack of the season, which she delivered over left field. Wisdom kept the rally going with a single, while Samantha Stark took a hit by pitch to move Wisdom into scoring position. DeJanee Moore completed the job with a single to left field to send Wisdom home and officially evened the score at 8-8. 

Iowa State was quick to break the tie, though, as the team put up back-to-back four run innings to end the game after five.