UCSB Closes Out Mary Nutter Classic With Losses to No. 8 Washington, No. 21 Arizona State

Samantha Lujan (Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge)
Samantha Lujan (Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge)

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - UCSB (4-10) dropped each of its final two games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in five innings, falling 10-2 to No. 8 Washington (11-2) before losing to No. 21 Arizona State (12-2) 8-0. Sophomore second baseman had one RBI against the Huskies, while freshman catcher Kaitlin Barry recorded the first RBI of her career.

Washington

Fresh off yesterday's win over No. 20 Missouri, the Gauchos got off to a solid start against the Huskies looking to make it two wins in a row over ranked opponents.

After Washington took a 1-0 lead through one inning, UCSB answered with a run from senior third baseman Emily Brucelas off a ground out from Barry to tie it at 1-1. In the top of the third, the Gauchos would take their only lead of the day, courtesy of Altmeyer, as she singled up the middle to bring senior left fielder Kristen Clark home.

From there it was all Washington, as the Huskies put up eight runs in the bottom of the third capped off by a grand slam from senior Casey Stangel to make it 9-2. The Huskies would add one more run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-2 mercy rule victory.

Six Gauchos recorded a hit in the game, with freshman first baseman Alyssa Diaz going 2-2 to lead the way.

Arizona State

Facing the Sun Devils several hours later, the Gauchos were shutout for the first time this season in a 8-0 five inning loss.

Clark, junior Jessica Johnston and junior Samantha Lujan all finished with one hit each. Freshman pitcher Felisha Noriega tallied five strikeouts, one shy of a career-high.

Following a scoreless stalemate through one inning, Arizona State caught fire in the bottom of the second, getting its first six hits of the game, including two home runs, to score seven unanswered runs.

The Sun Devils would score just once more in the bottom of the third, taking an 8-0 lead which would last them the rest of the game.

UCSB was outhit 10-3 for the game, although the Gauchos did enjoy a 5-2 advantage in strikeouts.

Santa Barbara will head out to St. George, Utah next Friday where it will play five games in the St. George Red Desert Classic. It will be the last of UCSB's four away tournaments to open the season. One weekend later, the Gauchos will open their home schedule with the Gaucho Classic I on Mar. 11 against Sacred Heart.