SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara dropped both games in the final day of the USD Tournament II with losses to San Jose State and host San Diego. Despite Sunday's games, the Gauchos are off to one of their best starts in program history at 20-8. The team had an identical record through its first 28 games of the 2007 season, which was also the last time the Gauchos competed in an NCAA Regional.
A late game rally propelled San Jose State ahead of UCSB to take the 6-3 decision in the final day of the USD Tournament II.
Kristen Clark led the Gauchos to a game-high 10 hits with a perfect 4-of-4 performance at the plate and also picked up a stolen base. The freshman has now collected a hit in the past 15 straight games.
In the circle, Ashley Ludlow started the game and allowed just two hits and an earned run before Shelby Wisdom (8-6) came in during the third inning. Though credited with the loss, Wisdom struck out a pair of Spartans.
To start the game, UCSB reached the scoreboard first after Clark got on base with a single through the left side. After stealing second to get into scoring position, the freshman was sent home on a MeShalon Moore single hit to left center.
In extending its lead to two runs, Santa Barbara were able to get Clark across home plate while facing two outs. After Clark hit a double down the left field line, Kathryn Pilpil delivered the RBI single to right field.
The score inspired a pitching change for San Jose State, which helped the team get out of the inning down 3-1.
The Spartans took the lead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fifth with the help of two Gaucho errors to start the inning. A hit batsman advanced a runner across home plate for the first run and kept the bases loaded for a two-RBI double during the next at-bat.
Down 4-3, the Gauchos had their opportunity to tie the game in the following inning after they loaded up the bases. Jessica Reichner made her second hit of the day with a single through the left side to get UCSB going. Stacy Cavazos then earned her way on base after taking a hit by pitch. With yet another base knock, Clark then put three Gauchos on base with just one out. San Jose State would get out of the pinch, though, and recorded consecutive outs with a fielder's choice and a strikeout.
UCSB was unable to pull off the weekend sweep of San Diego as the Toreros dealt a 2-0 loss to the Gauchos on Sunday.
Though only nabbing four hits, Santa Barbara was in contention through the entire game thanks to a strong performance in the circle by Andriana Collins, who pitched six innings and allowed just two earned runs and struck out three batters. The senior is now 7-2 on the season.
Collins and the Gaucho defense forced San Diego into leaving eight batters left on base behind timely groundouts. In the fourth inning, pinch runner Charly Swanberg was able to reach third with two outs. Collins made sure she would not come in for the score as Kylie Ordos hit a grounder to second base to end the inning.
UCSB made its biggest scoring threat in the sixth inning after getting two runners on base. Stacy Cavazos led off the inning by out running a throw on a bunt single. She promptly stole second during the next at bat.
Kathryn Pilpil then reached first thanks to an error by Ordos at shortstop. Moving both runners into scoring position, Shelby Wisdom dropped a sacrifice bunt down the first base line. Facing two outs, the Gauchos were unable to bring the runners home, but were only down 1-0.
San Diego closed the game by adding another run in the bottom of the sixth and forced UCSB into three straight outs in the seventh.