Gauchos Split Pair of Opening Games in LBSU Series

Emily Brucelas (Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge)
Emily Brucelas (Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge)

LONG BEACH STATE, Calif. – UCSB (26-21, 6-5) split its first two games against Long Beach State (20-21-1, 8-3), dropping the series-opener 4-1 before taking a 5-2 victory in the second and final game of the day. Senior Emily Brucelas led the Gauchos with three hits and two RBI, ending the day with a home run, a double and a sac fly.

Game Two

Opposite of the first outing, UCSB opened the scoring in game two, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Following a hitless first three innings, the Gauchos recorded their first three hits of the game in the fourth.

After reaching on a fielder's choice, junior Jessica Johnston made it 1-0 off a double by sophomore Sierra Altmeyer. Two batters later, Altmeyer would double the Gauchos' lead courtesy of a double to center field by Brucelas.

The 49ers would make a dent in UCSB's lead shortly after, making it 2-1 on a double in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the sixth, the Gauchos pulled away with three more runs by Altmeyer, freshman Alyssa Diaz and Brucelas.

First, Altmeyer scored on a double down the right field line facing two outs. Shortly after, Diaz would make it 4-1, scoring on a wild pitch.

Brucelas then gave UCSB a 5-1 advantage with a home run to left field, her second of the season. Long Beach would add one more run in the bottom of the sixth, leading to the eventual final score, 5-2.

The Gauchos were outhit 7-5, but left just two runners on base compared to seven for the 49ers. Long Beach had the only error of the game in the top of the first.

Sophomore pitcher Ashley Wright (3-2) earned her third win of the season, finishing with three strikeouts, one short of a season-high.

Game One

In the opening game of the series, Long Beach used a three-run double in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 win. UCSB was outhit 6-2, with a run coming from Diaz in the top of the second off a ground out by sophomore Melanie Menor.

The 49ers took an early 1-0 lead, scoring an unearned run on a UCSB error in the bottom of the first. After Menor's run, Long Beach would retake the lead in the fourth, as junior LT Torres knocked a three-run double to right center.

Diaz and Brucelas finished with one hit apiece. The Gauchos will close out the three-game series tomorrow on ESPN3 looking to take their third 2-1 series win in as many weekends.