LOS ANGELES –UCSB (9-8) split the first day of the Stacy Winsberg Invitational with a dominant 9-0 showing against Charleston Southern followed by a competitive 3-2 loss to UCLA.
Veronika Gulvin started the tournament with the Gauchos' second no-hitter in three days, while Emily Brucelas uncorked two home runs against the Buccaneers. Kristen Clark was consistent all day with four combined hits, and went on to reach base six times with two walks complimenting her hitting.
A no-hitter from Veronika Gulvin coupled with a nine-run fourth inning resulted in a 9-0 UCSB win over Charleston Southern in the team's Stacy Winsberg Invitational opener.
Gulvin's no-no was the Gauchos' second in three games, as the freshman followed up Ashley Ludlow's no-hit outing against Georgia Tech last Saturday. With the win, Gulvin improves to 3-4 this season, as she shut out the Buccaneers through five innings, while recording a career high seven strikeouts in the complete game effort. By the end of the game, only three runners reached base for Charleston Southern with two fielding errors and a hit by pitch.
While Gulvin's pitching smothered the Buccaneer offense, UCSB's batters dealt some damage at the place in the fourth inning when they scored all nine of their runs. Emily Brucelas had the biggest game for the Gauchos, as she went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs and a pair of runs. The junior book-ended UCSB's dominant fourth inning with home runs, as she accounted for four of the Gauchos nine runs.
Behind her was Kristen Clark who reached base four times after going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. The outfielder also picked up a stolen base.
In the game-deciding fourth inning, Sierra Altmeyer led off with a walk, which set the stage for Brucelas's two-run blast.
After a pair of walks and a bunt single from Stacy Cavazos, the Gauchos loaded the bases for the top of their lineup with just one out. Clark didn't waste the opportunity and drew a walk to bring one run across, while Arianna Palomares followed her by clearing the bases with her fourth double of the season.
The big shot prompted a change in the circle for Charleston Southern, but the Gauchos kept on rolling with another double courtesy of Jessica Johnston.
With seven runs already on the board for UCSB, Brucelas added the exclamation point on the high scoring inning with another homer to left field, giving the Gauchos enough runs for a mercy-rule win. Those nine runs were the most UCSB has scored in a single inning this season.
Working with a comfortable lead, Gulvin continued her commanding performance in facing just seven more batters the rest of the way. Fittingly, the freshman ended the game with a strikeout.
The Gauchos have now won by the run-rule in three games this season, including the past two.
Two runs in the first inning were not enough in UCSB's close 3-2 loss to UCLA (10-9) in their second game of the Stacy Winsberg Invitational.
The Gauchos put pressure on Bruins pitcher Selina Ta'amilo early as Kristen Clark started the game with an infield single to third base. Clark would come around to score during the next at bat as Senior Arianna Palomares doubled to left field and was followed by a RBI single into right by Jessica Johnston. Ta'amilo got out of the inning with no further damage with a double play and strike out.
Go-to pitcher Ashley Ludlow retired five of her first six batters faced with only one walk in the first two innings but the Bruins strung together three hits in the third inning to bring the score to 3-2.
It was a scoreless game after the third as both starting pitchers finished the game in the circle. Ludlow only walked three batters over the course of the last three innings, allowing no runners in scoring position.
The Gauchos threatened to score in the top of the fifth inning with runners on first and second from a hit by pitch and error. Kristen Clark used her speed to lay down a bunt single to third base, loading the bases with no outs. Ta'amilo got out of another jam leading to a pop up to shortstop and a double play from third to first to end the inning unscathed.