CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara softball team split the opening day of the 2018 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic after an offensive showcase in a 12-7 win over Fordham before being held quiet, 9-1, against No. 5 UCLA on Saturday night.
The Gauchos (5-2) put on a hitting clinic against Fordham in the first game of the evening, using a four-run and five-run inning to run away from the Rams.
After a scoreless first inning, despite UCSB loading the bases, the Gauchos would manage to get a run across in the second to take an early lead. After a Genesis Ramirez walk to lead off the inning, Kayla Krantz doubled to right center to bring her home.
The lead was short lived, however, as Fordham capitalized on a walk, hit-by-pitch, and an error all with two outs to score two and take the lead.
That lead was also short lived as UCSB responded with a two-out rally of their own, scoring four runs to go ahead 5-2. Sierra Altmeyer started the rally with a two-out single up the middle. Rayna Cohen tripled in Altmeyer and came around to score on the very next play when Ramirez singled her home. After a Melanie Menor single and Krantz reached on an error to load the bases, Alyssa Lazatin singled to left to score Ramirez, while Menor scored on the play as well after a fielding error.
Fordham would tack on two runs in the third and fifth, but the Gauchos used a big five-run inning in the sixth to put the game away.
Two Fordham errors and a hit-by-pitch allowed UCSB to load the bases for Cohen who came through with a sacrifice fly to score Jessica Johnston. Ramirez followed with an RBI single up the middle while Krantz delivered the final blow with a three-run homerun to left, her second of the season.
Seven Gauchos finished with multi-hit games as Altmeyer, Cohen, Menor, Krantz and Lazatin all finished 2-for-4 while Ramirez went 3-for-3 to lead all players in the game. Krantz also tallied four RBIs and Altmeyer along with Ramirez led the way with three runs apiece.
In the second game of the night, the Gauchos ran into No. 5 UCLA and had their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Bruins.
The Bruins, however, responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, three in the second, two in the third and a run apiece in the fourth and fifth to win a shortened five-inning game 9-1.
Altmeyer and Cohen joined Fines and Diaz with hits in the game for the Gauchos, who were held to just four hits and one run in five innings from Bruins pitcher Holly Azevedo (4-0), who had a 0.54 ERA entering the game.
UCSB continues tournament action tomorrow with a pair of games, beginning at 10:00 a.m. against Cal, followed by a 3:00 p.m. game with Sacramento State.