DAVIS, Calif. – Sierra Altmeyer's two home runs led UCSB (26-26, 9-8) to a two-game sweep of UC Davis (15-31, 4-13) in Saturday's doubleheader. The freshman went 5-6 overall with five RBIs and two runs.
After earning its fourth win in its last five outings, UCSB now moves into a tie with Long Beach State for third place in the Big West.
With the two victories, the Gauchos have claimed their second consecutive series victory. They will be playing for their second three-game sweep of the year tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.
Big hitting led the Gauchos to their 7-2 victory to start the series over UC Davis.
Senior pitcher Ashley Ludlow threw 106 pitches over her four innings of work- throwing 28 pitches in the first inning alone, while earning her tenth win of the season allowing four hits and one earned run.
Both the veterans and the rookies showed up at the plate today. Senior Samantha Stark and freshman Sierra Altmeyer both went 2-2 in the game.
Altmeyer's first hit of the game was a leadoff homerun into left field putting the Gauchos on the board and giving them the lead at 1-0. Altmeyer is second in the Big West conference with 41 runs batted in.
Stark would follow in the third inning with a homerun of her own. Kristen Clark started the inning with a single into left field and reached third on a Davis throwing error. Melanie Menor reached second off a wild pitch and again moved to third from a RBI ground out to second base by Arianna Palomares that scored Clark. This brought up Stark who homered into left field, raising the score 4-0 Gauchos.
Davis answered in the bottom of the third with one run, and would not score again until the sixth.
UCSB tacked on two more runs in the fifth after Palomares singled into left field and reached second off a wild pitch. After Stark reached first on a walk, Sophomore Jessica Johnston laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. A throwing error by Davis pitcher Justine Vela allowed Palomares to score and Stark reach third. Altmeyer earned her second RBI of the game with a fly out to center field that brought home Stark for the sixth run of the game.
After reaching on a fielder's choice, Jessica Johnston was brought home to mark the last run of the game after a right center triple from Altmeyer.
Freshman Ashley Wright closed the game in the circle forcing three groundouts to four of the batters faced.
Thanks to a strong first inning and late home runs by Emily Brucelas and Sierra Altmeyer, the Gauchos (26-26, 9-8) completed a perfect Saturday at UC Davis (15-31, 4-13), winning 5-4 in their second game of the day.
After a three-run homer by UCD's Katie Robertson tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Brucelas quickly answered back with a solo home run to left field to put her team back up by one.
In the top of the seventh, Altmeyer doubled the Gauchos' lead with a solo homer of her own, giving them a crucial two-run cushion.
Needing two runs to send the game to extra innings, the Aggies cut the deficit to one when Brianna Warner picked up an RBI with a triple to left field.
Fortunately for the Gauchos, senior pitcher Ashley Ludlow would not give up another hit for the rest of the game, as she bounced back to pick up the final two outs and notch her second save of the season.
Aside from giving up three runs on Robertson's fifth inning homer, it was a solid day on the defensive side for the Gauchos who outhit their opponents 11-5.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Wright (3-0) maintained her perfect starting record this season after pitching the first five innings before being subbed out in the sixth.
Wasting no time getting settled in its second game of the day, UCSB scored three runs on three hits in the first inning to build an early advantage.
Junior left fielder Kristen Clark started things off with a single, scoring the game's opening run on a single by senior catcher Samantha Stark soon after.
Altmeyer then tallied her first RBI of the game, singling to right center to bring senior second baseman Arianna Palomares home. Altmeyer would end up being her team's top offensive producer, going 3-4 with two RBI.
Stark, who finished an efficient 2-4 with one RBI, capped off the inning by making it 3-0 off a sac fly from sophomore right fielder Jessica Johnston.