April 11, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (9-27, 0-6) dropped the third game of this weekend's three game Big West Conference series with Cal Poly (15-17, 4-2) on Sunday afternoon at Campus Diamond by way of a 5-0 score.
For the second time during the series, Cal Poly pitcher Anna Cahn (10-9) tossed a complete game shutout. She limited UCSB to four hits - double the Gauchos' total from Saturday's second game against the hurler.
The Gauchos had a chance to score early when Jessica Ziegler led-off with a single at the top of the order in the first inning. The senior advanced to third after consecutive groundouts, but Cahn earned the third out to keep UCSB off the scoreboard.
Jessica Beristianos was in scoring position at the bottom of the second and Ziegler reached third base again in the third inning, but both runners were stranded as the game remained scoreless.
The Mustangs finally broke through at the top of the fourth inning. Dana Perez opened the inning with a walk and a sac bunt from Sara Kryza pushed pinch runner Mackenzie Mendonca to second. One walk later, Stephanie Correia hit a single up the middle that sent Mendonca across home plate.
Cal Poly added to its lead in the fifth when Kryza hit a three-run homer over the left field fence to put the Mustangs ahead, 4-0.
In the sixth, the Mustangs tagged one more run onto their total. Correia reached first after earning a walks to lead things off for Cal Poly and Whitley Gerhart hit an infield single to put two runners on-base. During the next at-bat, Kendal Hennings hit the ball to third base where Jessica Beristianos quickly fielded the ball, tagged third and connected with Ziegler at first for the Gauchos' 18th double play of the season. During the ensuing at-bat, Nora Sobczak hit a single to center driving home Gerhard for the final run of the game.
Lindsey Correa (3-10) took the loss for the Gauchos after tossing five innings and allowing four runs on three hits while walking seven and striking out two. Krista Cobb pitched two innings in relief and allowed on run on three hits while walking one and fanning one.
With the loss, UC Santa Barbara's current losing streak extends to 11 games.
The Gauchos will be back in action next weekend when they head to UC Riverside for a three-game Big West series. The series will start with a Saturday doubleheader at noon on April 17 and conclude with a single noon game the following day.
The series with Cal Poly was part of the Blue-Green Rivalry.
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court, and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green).
The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in. To see the points system and updated rivalry standings, click here.
The creative angle of using games to promote the campuses' sustainability and recycling efforts is the first of its kind in college athletics. To learn more about sustainability efforts at UCSB, click here.