Gachos Drop Series Opener with Ambitious Extra Innings Defense
Santa Clara, Calif.- UC Santa Barbara took a tough 1-0 loss as a result of a gutsy attempted inning-ending double play against Santa Clara in their league matchup on Friday.
The starting pitchers on both teams threw the ball particularly well, as each side was held scoreless through eight innings.
Shelby Wisdom (11-6) took the loss for the Gauchos despite tossing a gem to add to her already-impressive season. She allowed four hits with five strikeouts and an unearned run in 7.2 innings. The Broncos' starter Carissa Theis (1-6) allowed five hits with four strikeouts and a walk in the complete game victory to earn her first win of the season.
Her stuff didn't fool the Gauchos' freshman standout Andriana Palomares, however, as she continued her hot season at the plate with two singes in four plate appearances.
The game went down to the wire until the eighth inning, when Wisdom found herself in a jam with runners on first and third and only one out.
She then got the Broncos' Jaymi Bautista-Geiger to hit a grounder up the middle that second baseman Kathryn Pilpil fielded looking to turn two. Pilpil stepped on second base for the force out, but the throw to first in an attempt for the inning-ending double play skipped past Lauren Boser allowing Santa Clara to score the winning run.
The Gauchos fell painstakingly short of a spectacular escape to continue the battle in extra innings. Their excellent defense and pitching give them something to look forward to heading deeper into league play in the upcoming weeks.