KISSIMMEE, Fla. – In their first meeting since 2007, the UC Santa Barbara softball team lost to Massachusetts 7-3 in the final game of the Citrus Classic II for both teams at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Sunday. Sophomore first baseman Alyssa Diaz had a two-run home run and junior second baseman Sierra Altmeyer went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single, but it wasn't enough to overcome a season-high 15 hits from the Massachusetts offense.
The lead was short-lived, however, as a Gaucho error set up two Massachusetts runs in the top of the third to put the Minutewomen ahead 3-2.
From there, the game began to tilt in favor of Massachusetts. Jenna Cozza homered to left in the top of the sixth to take the lead, and the Minutewomen used a four-run seventh inning to close out the game.
Kiara Oliver (3-5) earned the win behind a dominant complete-game performance, striking out 10. Junior pitcher Veronika Gulvin (3-5) was tagged with the loss for UCSB. Senior Lena Mayer appeared in relief.
The Gauchos (8-12) return home to Campus Diamond for a midweek doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, Mar. 7, with first pitches at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.