Gauchos Fall 6-1 to UC Davis

Kristen Clark (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Kristen Clark (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Davis (17-22, 5-7) took the series sweep, as UC Santa Barbara (15-30, 2-10) left 11 runners on base in the 6-1 game three loss on Sunday.

Krsiten Clark had a fine day at the plate in leading the Gauchos with two hits (2-3) with a walk, while MeShalon Moore supplied the team with its one run with a double in the bottom of the seventh. 

Lena Mayer (4-7) received the loss after Davis scored three runs (two earned) in her one and one-third innings of work. Ashley Ludlow entered the game with one out in the top of the second and never left, as she finished with five hits, three runs (two earned, and a pair of strikeouts.

The Aggies found the scoreboard early thanks to a solo shot from Amy Nunez that cleared the center field wall. While the Gauchos left five runners in scoring positions stranded through the first six innings, UC Davis continued adding to its lead most notably in three-run effort in the fourth.

After the Aggies rattled off three straight scoring plays with a pair of RBI singles and a fielding error, Ludlow limited the damage in producing two groundouts while two Aggies were in scoring position.

Though the Gauchos did not score until the seventh, a pair of big swings came up just short in the fourth inning. First, Shelby Wisdom led off with a warning track shot that left fielder Brianna Warner tracked down for the out. Three batters later with runners on second and first, DeJanee Moore mimicked Wisdom's at bat and had her deep shot fall just shy of a dinger.

In facing a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, the Gauchos started at the top of the order with Clark who drew a walk. After Jacqueline Hinojosa grounded into a fielder's choice, Arianna Palomares reached base after pitch grazed the top of her helmet. This set up MeShalon Moore's scoring play, as she scorched a double down the left field line to bring Hinojosa home and put Palomares at third for Wisdom. 

The big hit cued a pitching change for the Aggies, as Alicia Paine was brought in to close out the game. The fresh arm worked as Wisdom grounded out to third and Samantha Stark struck out looking to end the game 6-1.

The Gauchos will aim to end their seven-game losing skid next weekend at Hawaii. The three game series will open on Friday April 24 with first pitch scheduled for 9 p.m. PST.