SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – UCSB (15-24, 2-4) lost its series with Cal Poly (19-21, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon in a 9-4 decision at Bob Janssen Field.
Shelby Wisdom's team-leading seventh home run of the season highlighted UCSB's work on offense, while the Mustangs opened the game with five runs and never looked back.
Kristen Clark led the Gauchos in going 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a walk, as six of her teammates recorded a hit.
Alex Pingree (7-7) started the game, but recorded one out after allowing three earned runs, including a two-run homer. Lena Mayer initially came in for relief, but she gave up an RBI single down the left field line and was replaced by Ashley Ludlow. Though the junior, allowed a pair of RBI singles through her first two batters, she got the Gauchos out of the inning with two infield outs. Ludlow finished the game with 5 2/3 innings with four earned runs and a strike out.
While the Mustangs rushed out of the gates with five runs, the Gauchos were quick to respond with two runs in the second. After two quick outs, DeJanee Moore got on base with a hit by pitch and was followed up by back-to-back doubles. First, Stacy Cavazos connected on a double to right center, easily sending Moore home as UCSB's first run. Kristen Clark then shot a double through the left side to run in Cavazos, making the score 5-2.
In the bottom of the second, the Mustangs loaded the bases for its designated player Betsy Colburn. She went on to send them all home after roping a triple down the right field line, increasing her team's lead to six runs.
Wisdom added another run to the UCSB effort with a homer to left field in leading off the third. She has now hit 27 dingers in her career and sits only five away from becoming the program's all-time leader.
While Cal Poly added another run in the third, the team was held hitless through the next three innings. As for the Gauchos, they went on to score one more run in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, MeShalon Moore hit an RBI single to shortstop, while Samantha Stark hit a base knock up the middle to load the bases. All three runners were left stranded following a game-ending fly out, as the Mustangs clinched the series victory.
UCSB will be back home next weekend to host first place Cal State Northridge in a three game series starting on April 11th. Saturday will feature a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.