March 6, 2010

Gauchos Split on Second Day of Wilson/DeMarini Invitational

March 6, 2010

ASU Box Score
Samford Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. - Day two of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational saw similar results as day one for UC Santa Barbara (7-12), which once again split a pair of contests at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium. The Gauchos fell to No. 9 Arizona State (15-2) for the second time in three days by way of an 8-0 mercy-rule loss before taking down Samford (6-8), 5-2, in the final contest of the evening on Saturday.

Against the Bulldogs, UCSB climbed out to a 2-0 lead at the top of the second inning and never looked back. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Jamie Adishian hit a single up the middle driving Kelly McDonald home for the Gauchos' first run of the day. Jessica Ziegler earned a walk with the bases loaded during the next at-bat, leaving Lainey DePompa with no place to go but home.

The Gaucho offense continued to roll at the top of the next inning. Keilani Jennings led off with a walk and moved to third base when Beristianos hit a double to right center field. A sacrifice fly hit to left field by Kelly McDonald sent Jennings home.

Samford cut the Gaucho lead back to two runs at the bottom of the third when Robyn Harmon scored on a Gaucho throwing error.

UCSB tallied another run in the fourth when Ziegler scored on a wild pitch, but the Bulldogs countered back with a run at the bottom of the same inning off a sacrifice fly to left field by Anna Kimbrell.

The Gauchos had the last say though as they added a final unearned run at the top of the fifth when DePompa scored off a throwing error by Samford's catcher.

Lindsey Correa (2-4) picked up the win in the circle after tossing the complete game and allowing two runs on six hits. She walked five and struck out seven in the victory.

Offensively, DePompa led the Gauchos with a 2-for-4 showing and two runs scored. Ziegler, meanwhile, stretched her hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-3 showing, also tallying a run, an RBI and a stolen base.

In the first game of the day, Arizona State opened the scoring at the bottom of the first inning when Katelyn Boyd crossed home after a Gaucho throwing error. A two-run homer over the left field fence by Katie Crabb in the second inning stretched the Sun Devil lead to 3-0.

In the third, Krista Donnenwirth hit a two-run shot to left center field and one out later, Talor Haro drove Sam Parlich home to push ASU ahead, 6-0. The Sun Devils were able to cut the game short at the bottom of the fifth when, after a double play, the Gauchos committed a pair of throwing errors allowing two more ASU runs and giving the Sun Devils the 8-0 victory.

Ziegler led the Gauchos going 2-for-3 at the plate. Krista Cobb (2-4) took the loss after tossing 2.1 innings and allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits. MeLinda Matsumoto tossed 2.1 innings of relief allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits.

The Gauchos will conclude action at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on Sunday when they take on Northern Iowa at 10 a.m.