SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UCSB (13-12) dropped its first two games of the San Diego State/San Diego Classic II with a narrow 4-3 loss to Colorado State followed by a 12-3 loss to San Jose State.
Arianna Palomares led the team with three hits, including two against the Spartans, while Jacqueline Hinojosa, Melanie Menor, and Samantha Stark each recorded two hits.
UCSB's bid for a comeback win came up short in the bottom of the seventh, as Colorado State held on to take the first game of the weekend 4-3.
Rams pitcher Holly Reinke (7-5) stayed in the circle for the entire game, as she allowed three runs (one earned) from six hits, while striking out seven Gauchos en route to her seventh win.
UCSB had its two freshman pitchers split time on the field, as Veronika Gulvin (4-6) started and Ashley Wright was called to finish the final 1 2/3 innings. Gulvin was credited with the loss after allowing two earned runs and four hits, while Wright saw two runs score (one earned).
As a team, the Gauchos came up with six hits, all singles, as they tallied the majority of their runs in the bottom of the seventh in facing a 4-1 Colorado State lead.
Samantha Stark opened the inning with a single hit to right field, as she later moved to second during Jessica Tetzlaff's at bat following a fielding error by Rams third baseman XXXX. Both runners moved up a base after Kristen Clark grounded out to the pitcher, which was also the second out.
Still down by three, Arianna Palomares kept the Gauchos alive with an RBI single, and the team picked up another run thanks to a pass ball that sent Tetzlaff across home plate and pinch runner Stacy Cavazos to second.
Reinke, though, would cut the comeback effort short with a strikeout to seal the victory for the Rams.
UCSB was the first team to find the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when Sierra Altmeyer knocked a single up the middle to bring Clark home from second.
That one-run Gaucho lead held up until the top of the sixth when Colorado State came up with all four of its runs. After the leadoff batter lined out to center, Kristina Akiona tied the game with a solo homer to left field. That at bat was followed up with a single to center field, which brought Wright into the circle. The Rams would eventually load the bases after drawing a pair of walks and they would go on to score on three straight plays with a wild pitch, a fielding error, and a sac fly. Wright halted the scoring with a fly out for the third out.
Before that inning, the Gauchos had saw just three Colorado State runners reach scoring position, as Gulvin also tossed a pair of three-up, three-down frames. Wright also limited the Rams to three batters in the seventh before the Gauchos tried to answer back in the bottom half of the inning.
SAN JOSE STATE
UCSB dropped its second game of the day in San Diego to San Jose State, 12-3.