Cathedral City, California – UC Santa Barbara improved to 9-3 as they outlasted Brigham Young University in eight innings to win 12-10 in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Freshman starting pitcher Alex Pingree helped the Gauchos maintain control through 4.2 strong innings in the circle. She surrendered three unearned runs, issuing only one hit and two walks.
The Gauchos doubled its lead in the second inning when senior Jessica Soria stole home to record her seventh swipe of the season. She led the team in stolen bases last year with 25, and is well on track to reach the mark again in 2013.
Seven Gauchos contributed at least one hit by the seventh inning, amounting to a 10-3 lead.
Among the key contributors was freshman Jessica Tetzlaff, who brought in three runs by going 3-for-5 on the day. Soria and freshman standout Arianna Palomares also had multi-hit games for UCSB, who looked exceptionally patient at the plate as every batter reached base at least once in the matchup.
A strong offensive effort coupled with sloppy play from the Cougars on defense amounted to a seven-run lead for the Gauchos heading into what looked to be the final three outs of the game in the seventh.
However, the BYU bats started to get it going vs. junior pitcher Andriana Collins, and capped off a huge seven-run rally with a grand slam by junior Katie Manuma by to tie it up and force extra innings.
UCSB proved to be too much for BYU in the eighth though, as the team scored two more runs and quieted the Cougar bats with lights out pitching from Wisdom.
The sophomore sensation pitched two shutout innings of relief for the Gauchos with no hits and four strikeouts en route to her seventh win of the season.