FRESNO, Calif. – On the second day of the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State, the UC Santa Barbara softball team split a doubleheader with Monmouth, falling 12-4 to the Hawks before bouncing back and winning 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at Fresno City College.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the youthful Gauchos who had lost 10 of their last 11 games.
UCSB took an early lead in the first game of the day on a solo homerun from Alyssa Diaz to lead off the second inning.
The Gauchos took their 1-0 lead into the fourth, but the Hawks broke through for four runs in the frame on a pair of two-RBI singles.
Monmouth, however, widened the gap with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth, highlighted by a three-run homerun, to put the lead out of reach 12-2.
UCSB capped off the scoring in the game with an Altmeyer two-run homerun in the sixth.
Altmeyer finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Genesis Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run to lead the Gauchos at the plate.
Lena Mayer (3-5) went 4.1 innings and allowed six hits and three earned while walking three and striking out three.
Felisha Noriega and Veronika Gulvin also pitched in relief.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Gauchos scored all six of their runs in the third inning to jump out to a big lead against Monmouth.
Sammy Fabian came through with a two-RBI single to bring home both runners and promptly stole second. Ramirez came up and doubled her home and scored on a double from Altmeyer on the very next at bat. With Altmeyer on second, Diaz hit her second homerun of the day, a two-run shot to right center to put UCSB up 6-0.
Monmouth scraped across one in the sixth and two in the seventh but the Gaucho lead was too much to overcome.
Freshman Emily Schuttish (1-0) picked up the first win of her collegiate career after tossing a complete game in the circle, scattering nine hits while allowing just one earned run and striking out three.
Fabian went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and run scored while Lazatin also went 2-for-3 to lead UCSB at the plate.
The Gauchos (9-17) wrap up tournament play tomorrow morning against Cleveland State at 9:00 a.m.