SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After Brown (4-7) downed UCSB (11-20) 11-1 in five innings, the Gauchos returned the favor with a 10-2 mercy rule win in the second game of the twin bill to close out the Santa Clara Round Robin.
Lena Mayer (3-3) finished the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record after tossing a complete game in UCSB's game two victory. She allowed just one earned run in the outing, while giving up only six hits (all singles).
Palomares' double in game one added to her league-leading total of 11 on the season, while Wisdom's three RBI leave her just one shy of tying Keilani Jennings ('13) for fourth-most RBI in Gaucho lore (118). The senior is also 13 away from tying program record holder Kendra Wood ('00).
The Gauchos will return home next weekend to host their conference-opening series with Cal State Fullerton starting on Saturday at noon. Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game are now available at the Ticketing Office at the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, over the phone at 05.893.UCSB, or online here.
In the first game, Brown went off to a hot start with five runs scored in the fifth inning. Alex Pingree started the game, but was unable to get an out before the Bears tallied four runs. Ashley Ludlow came in and struck out the first batter she faced. An error brought in another run for Brown, but Ludlow limited the damage in getting another punch out and forcing a groundout.
UCSB's lone run came in the bottom of the second. Wisdom led off the inning with a double belted to right center and later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Samantha Stark brought her home after hitting a groundball to the shortstop. The Gauchos were shutout for the rest of the game, as they left seven runners stranded through the five innings.
Palomares led Santa Barbara with a pair of hits including a double, while Wisdom also hit a double herself.
The team, though, woke up its bats in the second game to even the score and end the tournament on a high note.
A trio of home runs highlighted UCSB's 10-2 revenge win over Brown, as the Gauchos earned their first mercy rule win of the season.
Mayer earned her second win of the weekend in dousing Brown's hot offense to just two runs, while UCSB had one its most prolific hitting efforts this year.
After leaving seven runners stranded in the first game, the Gaucho offense were apt in clearing the bases in the second game, as MeShalon Moore, Arianna Palomares, and Shelby Wisdom each hit a home run. Altogether, UCSB had 12 hits and 10 RBI in the game, as Jessica Johnston paced the team with three hits, while Palomares and Wisdom each had three RBI.
The Gauchos were the designated away team in the second game, and were quick to get on the board in the first. Clark opened the game with single to center field and advanced to second on an error. Johnston then followed her in reaching base after laying down a bunt to the pitcher. The freshman quickly stole second during the next at bat, which gave Palomares both runners in scoring position and no outs.
The junior did not squander the opportunity and reached first on an infield single that sent Clark home for the 1-0 lead. Though Wisdom grounded out to the shortstop in the following at bat, Johnston still crossed home plate. Finally, Stark hit a single through the left side to deliver the Gauchos' third run of the inning.
Later in the top of the third, Wisdom blasted a two-run jack (her team-best fifth of the season) to put UCSB on top 5-1, but the Gauchos really put the game away in scoring five runs in the fourth.
Emily Brucelas first got on base with a walk and advanced to third after Stacy Cavazos' double hit down the left field line. Brucelas would later score on an infield single, though UCSB's biggest hits did not come until the team was down to its last out.
Palomares first blasted a two-run shot to right field that not only gave UCSB a commanding 7-2 lead, but also forced a pitching change. Brown swapped Gina Chieffallo for Leah Nakashima, but the Gauchos kept rolling.
After Wisdom first reached first on a dropped fly ball, MeShalon Moore belted the second two-run homer of the inning over the right field wall.