Gauchos Fall to Radford in Bank of Hawai’i Invitational Third-Place Game
HONOLULU, Hawaii – UC Santa Barbara (7-15) fell to Radford (6-6), 3-0, in the third-place game of the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
After battling through two scoreless innings, Radford's Nichole Beall opened the third inning with a base hit to left field. She stole second and, one out later, she was able to advance to third when an illegal pitch was credited to Gaucho pitcher Shelby Wisdom. Michelle Beall drove her sister home with a sacrifice hit to left field, giving the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.
Jenessa Jeppesen led off with a ground ball hit up the middle of the field in the bottom of the same inning and Brooke Putich tallied the Gauchos' second hit of the game with a chopper hit just out of reach of pitcher Micalah Sacre's outstretched arm. Sacre was able to strike out the next two batters swinging and grabbed the final out with a fly out to center field to preserve the Radford edge.
With one out and a 2-2 count at the top of the fourth, Highlander Jackie Warr hit a solo home run hit over the center field fence to push the Highlander's advantage to two runs.
At the bottom of the fourth with one out, DeJanee Moore drew a walk before being moved to second when Kathryn Pilpil grounded out to second base. During Keilani Jenning's ensuing at-bat, Moore was able move to third on a passed ball. Unfortunately, Jennings fell victim to Sacre's fifth strikeout and Moore was stranded at third base.
Radford tacked on its second solo home run of the game at the top of the fifth when Nichole Beall hit a one-out long ball over the left field fence.
Trailing 3-0 at the bottom of the seventh inning, UCSB attempted to rally. Moore led off with walk before Pilpil hit a single up the middle of the field. Jackie Jenkins came in to relieve Sacre in the circle and quickly earned the final three outs to earn the save and seal the Highlander win.
Sacre (4-2) was credited with the win after tossing six innings. She allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Wisdom (4-7) suffered the loss for UCSB after tossing 2.2 innings and allowing one earned run on three hits. She walked two and fanned one. Collins allowed just two earned runs on four hits during her 4.1 innings of relief. She did not allow a walk and struck out four.
The Gauchos return to California next week and will head North for the Santa Clara Invitational. UCSB will open tournament action against San Jose State on Friday at 2:15 p.m.