Gauchos Fall in Bulldog Classic Finales

Genesis Ramirez (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Genesis Ramirez (Photo by Tony Mastres)

FRESNO, Calif. – Playing in its final two games at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic on Sunday, the UC Santa Barbara softball team fell to California Baptist, 5-1 and Fresno State, 3-1.

Opening up the day against the Lancers (8-12), who they beat 7-5 on Friday, the Gauchos (5-16) would rack up 10 hits but weren't able to turn them into runs in the 5-1 defeat.

Junior Genesis Ramirez provided some fireworks in the top of the sixth, leading off with a solo home run to left center. It was her first of the season and the second one for the Gauchos against CBU this weekend.

As she has been all year, sophomore Sammy Fabian remained consistent at the plate, as she posted a pair of singles on four at bats. Freshmen Ally Nodohara, Teah Thies and Tyler Goldstein all finished with two hits as well.

Junior pitcher Felisha Noriega (4-6) tied a season-high with six strikeouts, but she and the UCSB defense weren't able to keep CBU from putting up five unanswered runs from innings three through five. The Lancers ended with just six hits of their own, including a two-run homer from Anise Avalos in the bottom of the fifth to put them up 5-0. UCSB would also finish with three errors, while CBU had none.

Playing the host Bulldogs (14-6) late Sunday in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday before being postponed due to rain, the Gauchos fell to Fresno State for the second time in four days, 3-1.

Once again, UCSB would score its only run in the top of the sixth courtesy of a swing from Genesis Ramirez. This time though, her RBI would come in the form of a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Nodohara who had made her way to third after leading off with a walk.

The late run wasn't enough for the Gauchos though, who had entered the final two innings trailing 3-0. The Bulldogs did most of their damage early, getting on the board with a two-run homer by Schuylar Broussard in the second. They would add one more run in the fifth inning.

The Gauchos finished with three hits as a team, two of which came from Fabian for the second straight game. She has now registered multi-hit efforts in 11 of her 21 games this season. Sophomore Maci Fines recorded UCSB's other hit with a single to second base in the top of the sixth.

After six games in four days, Santa Barbara won't have a long break before returning to action. The Gauchos will host Western Carolina this Tuesday in a noon doubleheader at Campus Diamond for their final non-conference home games of the season.