SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coming off of five straight home wins, UCSB (18-14) took its momentum north as it defeated Sacramento State (11-15-1) by a final score of 4-0. It was the Gauchos' first shutout victory of the season, giving them their sixth straight win.
Both teams managed four hits on the day, but Santa Barbara was the only team that was able to capitalize, as freshman third baseman Kayla Krantz led the way with two RBIs. Senior Jacqueline Hinojosa had UCSB's only other RBI, while four different players finished with one run.
"Their pitcher kept our hitters guessing, but the offense found a way to execute with some timely hits," head coach Brie Galicinao said. "Our defense also had some key stops and [Gulvin] threw a great game to keep us in it. We're looking forward to one more game tomorrow to help prepare for the opening weekend of conference."
Sophomore pitcher Veronika Gulvin (12-6) pitched another complete game, picking up three strikeouts on the way to her fourth straight win. The four hits were tied for the least she's conceded this season while playing at least three innings.
As they often have in recent outings, the Gauchos were able to take an early lead, as a Hinojosa single in the top of the first brought Clark home to make it 1-0. Shortly after, a wild pitch gave Menor enough time to make it home from third, making it 2-0.
Both teams remained scoreless until the sixth, when UCSB poured in two more runs – both unearned due to a Hornet error – from sophomore Sierra Altmeyer and redshirt freshman Whitney Pemberton. Both runs came on a double to left field from Krantz, giving the Gauchos a 4-0 lead.
From there, Gulvin and the defense managed to wrap things up without a hitch, holding Sac State without a hit the rest of the way.
UCSB finished without an error for the second consecutive game, compared to one for the home side.
Santa Barbara will continue its run of seven straight games away from home tomorrow, as it takes on Cal at 1 p.m. in its final pre-conference tune-up.