March 26, 2011
UC Santa Barbara stood toe-to-toe with the 5th-ranked Sun Devils for four innings on Saturday night. In fact, UCSB took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before surrendering 10 runs to the Sun Devils and dropping an 11-3 decision after five innings.
The Gauchos (12-13) and ASU (32-2) will pay the third game of the series at noon on Sunday.
Santa Barbara scored a pair of runs in the second inning. Junior right fielder Allison Taylor doubled and sophomore shortstop Keilani Jennings singled her to third base. Taylor scored and Jennings moved to second on a ground ball out by first baseman Lauren Boser.
Designated player Kendall Gill walked to put runners on first and third. Lainey DePompa then forced Gill out at second while Jennings moved to third base. Brittany Putich then lined a single to first base, scoring Jennings and moving DePompa to second.
The Gauchos scored their third run in the fourth inning when Jennings reached on an error and moved to second on a ground out by Boser. After Gill grounded out the first base with Jennings moving to third, DePompa was safe on an error by Urfer, scoring Jennings with an unearned run.
UCSB had a chance to add to its lead in the top of the fifth, loading the bases, but Boser struck out and the score remained 3-1.
The Sun Devils tied the score and then blew it open in the fifth. Second baseman Sam Parlich led things off with a single and third baseman Kristan Donnenwirth walloped a home run to knot the score at 3-3.
Right fielder Annie Lockwood singled and was pinch-ran for by Bailey Wigness. A but single by Alix Johnson put runners at first and second and then Kaylyn Castillo was safe on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Mandy Urfer then blasted a grand slam home run to push the score to 7-3 Arizona State.
The Sun Devils continued to pile-it-on in the fifth and a two-run double by Donnenwirth capped the 10-run inning and gave the Sun Devils an 11-3 mercy victory.