CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – On the second day of the 2018 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, the UC Santa Barbara softball team was held scoreless in a pair of games, falling 11-0 to No. 23 Cal before being edged 3-0 to Sacramento State later in the afternoon.
In the first game of the day, the Gauchos (5-4) went up against Cal for the second time this season. Last weekend, UCSB dropped a 2-0 pitcher's duel to the Golden Bears. Sunday would be a different story, however, as Cal racked up 11 runs, including seven in the seventh inning alone.
Felisha Noriega (2-3) was tagged with the loss after tossing all seven innings and allowing 11 runs, six of which were earned, while striking out three and walking four.
Kamalani Dung (4-0) tossed the complete game shutout for Cal.
The second game of the afternoon featured another familiar opponent as UCSB squared off against Sacramento State twice at the Capital City Kick-Off last weekend, winning both meetings. The Hornets got their redemption Sunday with a 3-0 shutout victory, holding the Gauchos to just four hits at the plate for the second straight game.
Sacramento State brought a run across in the second and then used a pair of RBI doubles in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead and Celina Matthias (3-1) picked up the win after throwing the complete game shutout with seven strikeouts.
Veronika Gulvin (1-2) got the loss after pitching six innings, scattering 12 hits, allowing three runs and striking out five.
The Gauchos conclude tournament action tomorrow with another doubleheader beginning 11:00 a.m. against Utah followed by a 1:30 p.m. game against Loyola Marymount.