SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Playing Cal Poly (26-9, 2-1) in the final game of the Big West's opening weekend, UCSB (19-17, 1-2) earned its second shutout of the week, defeating the Mustangs 4-0. Led by sophomore pitcher Veronika Gulvin (13-7), the Gaucho defense held Cal Poly to just three hits. It was just the second time this season that the Mustangs were shutout.
Following a scoreless first three innings, the Gauchos would open the scoring in the top of the fourth. After making it to second base on a passed ball, senior Jacqueline Hinojosa scored an unearned run off a double by freshman Kayla Krantz.
In the following inning, UCSB would add to its lead, capitalizing on a pair of Mustang fielding errors and tallying three hits to pick up three more runs. The first two runs came courtesy of freshman Genesis Ramirez and senior Kristen Clark on a double to right field by sophomore Sierra Altmeyer, making it 3-0.
Shortly after, junior outfielder Jessica Johnston scored the Gauchos' final run of the fifth thanks to a single to center field by Hinojosa, putting UCSB up 4-0.
Cal Poly was held to just a single hit until the bottom of the seventh. However, despite recording their second and third hits of the day in the final inning, the Mustangs remained scoreless, leaving three runners on base.
The Gauchos finished with an 8-3 advantage in hits. Sophomore Melanie Menor, Altmeyer and Hinojosa all tied for game-high honors with two hits apiece. Krantz and Clark added UCSB's other two hits. The eight UCSB hits were the most that Cal Poly pitcher Sierra Hyland has given up all season.
UCSB will remain on the road for two more games tomorrow as it travels back south to face Loyola Marymount starting at 1 p.m. The Gauchos will then open their home conference schedule this Saturday against UC Riverside.