UCSB Drops Pair on Opening Day of Citrus Classic II

Rayna Cohen (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Rayna Cohen (Photo by Tony Mastres)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Competing at the Citrus Classic II on Friday afternoon, the UC Santa Barbara softball team dropped a pair of games, falling 12-6 to Florida International before dropping a 9-1 decision against Troy at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

Game 1
UCSB got off to a quick start in the opening game against the Panthers, scoring in the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead.  

Sammy Fabian led off the game with a double, and after Melanie Menor followed with a single, Fabian stole home on a double steal to put the Gauchos on the board.

UCSB capitalized on a Panther error in the second to allow Maci Fines to reach base and Alyssa Lazatin drove her in with a single up the middle.

FIU scored twice to tie the game in the top of the third, but the Gauchos kept up their scoring pace with another run in the third after Alyssa Diaz doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a fielder's choice.

UCSB scored a single run in five straight innings and scored in six of the seven innings, but FIU broke the game open with a seven-run fifth inning, capitalizing on a pair of Gaucho errors.

Lazatin finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs and run while Fabian finished 3-for-5 to highlight UCSB at the plate. Sierra Altmeyer, Rayna Cohen and Fines tallied two hits apiece, while Cohen hit a homerun, and the Gauchos outhit FIU 15-8 but were undone by four errors in the field.

Lena Mayer (3-2) was tagged with the loss after pitching 4.1 innings and allowing five runs on five hits.

Game 2
In the second game of the afternoon, the Gauchos were held to four hits and undone once again by a big inning, as Troy put together six runs in the third to break the game open.

Troy scored the first run of the game in the second before UCSB answered with a run in the top of the third. After Samantha Lujan walked to lead off the inning and Jessica Johnston pinch ran for her, Lazatin and Fabian's back-to-back singles drover home Johnston.

In the bottom of the third, however, Troy scored six runs on three hits, highlighted by a bases clearing triple to go ahead 7-1. Troy scored two more in the sixth to end the game, 9-1.

Fabian, Diaz, Lujan and Lazatin finished with the base hits for the Gauchos and Veronika Gulvin (2-4) picked up the loss after going 2.2 innings and allowing seven runs on four hits. Lilliana Rodriguez and Emily Schuttish also made relief appearances for UCSB.

UCSB (7-10) continues Citrus Classic II action on Saturday against Niagara at 12:00 p.m. followed by Binghamton at 2:30 p.m.