Feb. 25, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (7-4) scored early and often in its 9-5 victory over Long Island (2-9) on Friday, the second day of the Cathedral City Classic.
The Gauchos struck early when Lauren Boser found a hole between first and second with the bases loaded, bringing in Brooke Putich and Kathryn Pilpil. After a three up, three down inning for the Long Island, UCSB came back and continued to pound away at the top of the second.
With two runners on and two outs, Pilpil hit a single to right field driving home Kelly McDonald and McKenzie Kane. Jessica Beristianos reached on a Blackbird error during the next play putting two runners on. Keilani Jennings drove Pilpil and Beristianos home with a double to center field, stretching the Gaucho lead to 6-0.
The Blackbirds cut the UCSB lead to four runs in the bottom of the second when Amanda MacIntosh hit a two-RBI single to center field, driving Emily Kakuska and Jazmin Rodriguez home.
At the top of the third, UCSB added three more runs. McDonald scored Allison Taylor with a double to left field. Kane bunted McDonald over to third before Putich grounded out to second base, sending her home. Pilpil tallied her third hit of the game - a RBI triple to center - that scored Kane and pushed the Gauchos ahead, 9-2.
Long Island tacked on three more runs off a solo homer by Bianca Mejia in the third, a RBI infield single by Emily Kakuska in the fifth and a RBI single to right field by Rodriguez.
Andriana Collins (5-3) tossed a complete game for the Gauchos and allowed five earned runs on 12 hits. She walked one and struck out six.
Pilpil led the Gauchos' offense going 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs and a triple. Kane went 2-for4 with two runs and McDonald went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Jennings and Boser each supplied two RBI in the winning effort.
Sarah Reynolds (2-4) suffered the loss for the Blackbirds. She threw the first 4.2 innings and allowed all nine of the Gauchos' runs - seven earned - on 10 hits. She walked one and struck out two.
UCSB will be back in action on Saturday when they take-on Ohio State at 12:30 p.m.