UCSB Splits Saturday Action with 11-7 Win Over Colorado State, 8-0 Loss to BYU

Stacy Cavazos (Photo by Scott Quintard)
Stacy Cavazos (Photo by Scott Quintard)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UCSB (14-13) split the second day of the SDSU/San Diego Classic II with an 8-0 loss to BYU and a 11-7 victory over Colorado State.

After being held hitless against the Cougars, the Gauchos woke their bats up with their second game against the Rams when they tallied their second-highest runs total of the year.

UCSB will finish tournament play tomorrow with San Diego State at 2 p.m.

BYU

The Gauchos dropped their third game of the San Diego State classic and their fifth loss in a row to BYU 8-0 in five innings.

In the top of the first the Cougars put pressure on UCSB defense with one out after a single, double, and walk loaded the bases. However, UCSB came out of the inning unscathed after Ashley Ludlow forced a strike out and a fielder's choice out at second to end the inning.

Ludlow started the second inning picking up her second strike out, but the next batter Caitlyn Larsen homered to left field scoring the first run of the game.

The only baserunner of the game for the Gauchos was Sierra Altmeyer who leadoff the second inning with a walk. 

The long ball came around again in the third inning with two outs as Madison Merrell hit a two run homer into center field to bring BYU's lead 3-0.

Freshman Veronika Gulvin came in for relief of senior pitcher Ashley Ludlow in the top of the fifth with no outs and runners on second and third, the score 4-0. The Cougars would go on to score four more safety runs on two walks and two hits.

The Gauchos were stymied on offense as BYU pitcher McKenna Bull never allowed a runner in scoring position, giving up one walk and collected seven strikeouts over five innings pitched.

COLORADO STATE

Six runs in the third inning made the difference in UCSB's 11-7 revenge win over Colorado State. After their comeback effort came up short against the Rams on Friday, the Gauchos made sure they didn't need late game heroics to pull off the win, as they tallied 15 hits including home runs from Stacy Cavazos and Arianna Palomares.

Jessica Johnston finished with the lion's share of hits with her 4-5 performance. Emily Brucelas added three hits of her own, while Sierra Altmeyer and Cavazos recorded two hits apiece.

Making the start in center field, Cavzos had one of her best games at the plate this year in going 2-3 with a season-high four RBIs.

Lena Mayer (5-5) earned the win after five innings of work, as she recorded a pair of strikeouts. Ashley Ludlow finished off the Rams in the final two frames with three strikeouts, including one that ended the game.

The Gauchos didn't wait long to get on the board, as Palomares delivered the team's first run with a solo shot to center field. Colorado State provided a quick response, though, with an RBI single and a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

After a scoreless second, the Gauchos wore down the Rams with a flurry of singles, resulting in six runs. Working with the top of its lineup, UCSB loaded the bases with its first three batters. This set the stage for back-to-back scoring plays with a pair of singles from Altmeyer and Brucelas. Those three runs ended Bridgette Hutton's day in the circle, but the Gauchos continued their scoring with two more singles, as they extended their lead to 7-3.

UCSB saved its big hits for the fifth inning when Cavazos blasted a homer to left field and Johnston belted an RBI double to left center.

Colorado State pieced together three more runs to make it a 10-7 game heading into the seventh, but the Gauchos never gave up its lead.

Adding to that lead, Altmeyer delivered the team's 11th run of the game on a single to left field, sending Johnston home from second.

With a four run lead in hand, the Gauchos looked to Ludlow to finish the game and the senior delivered. The Rams only had four batters make plate appearances in the bottom of the seventh, as Ludlow dominated with a pair of strikeouts and allowing just one single.