SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB (11-10) never trailed as it extended its win streak to seven games, earning a pair of wins over George Washington (6-10) and Sacred Heart (5-9) on day two of the 2017 Gaucho Classic I. After beating the Pioneers 3-1 in their home season-opener, the Gauchos went on to defeat the Colonials 8-1 in the final game of the day.
The Gauchos outhit George Washington 12-9 in the 8-1 victory, giving them their fourth-most hits in a game this season. Senior Jacqueline Hinojosa, freshman Alyssa Diaz, and sophomores Sierra Altmeyer and Melanie Menor all led the way with two hits each.
Seven different Gauchos accounted for UCSB's eight runs, but it was Menor who led the way with two. Junior outfielder Jessica Johnston went 1-4 at the plate, with her only hit giving her a game-high two RBIs.
Things were scoreless at the midpoint of the game, but that would change in the bottom of the fourth as the Gauchos poured in three runs to open the scoring. After entering as a pinch runner following a double from freshman first baseman Alyssa Diaz, senior Stacy Cavazos would score the game's first run courtesy of a single by sophomore shortstop Melanie Menor.
The next two UCSB runs came off singles from senior third baseman Emily Brucelas and junior catcher Samantha Lujan. Altmeyer and Menor were the beneficiaries of those hits, as they both rounded the bases to make it 3-0.
George Washington would finally get on the board with a solo home run from freshman Jenna Cone in the top of the sixth, but any hopes of a Colonial comeback would quickly be ended, as UCSB answered with five more runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Gauchos scored all five of their runs with four straight hits while facing two outs. Thanks to a Colonial fielding error on the first at bat of the inning, the five runs were all unearned.
Freshman Nicole Marino scored first as a pinch runner on a Hinojosa single to make it 4-1. Senior left fielder Kristen Clark then stepped up to hit a single that brought Menor home. Johnston would then double to right center, bringing Clark and Hinojosa home. Johnston would score the fifth and final run as Diaz singled through the right side, making it 8-1.
UCSB ended the game error-free, while George Washington finished with two. Freshman pitcher Felisha Noriega (2-4) earned her second career win, giving up just one run in just under six innings pitched.
Facing Sacred Heart in their home season-opener, the Gauchos would also start things off with three unanswered runs on their way to a 3-1 victory.
In the bottom of the third, redshirt freshman Whitney Pemberton recorded her only RBI of the day, hitting a single down the middle that resulted in a Pioneer fielding error. The single brought Diaz home from second, while the error allowed Altmeyer to make it all the way home from first, giving UCSB a 2-0 lead.
A Hinojosa triple in the bottom of the fourth brought Menor home from first, giving the Gauchos' a 3-0 lead and their final run of the game.
Sacred Heart's sole run came from in the top of the fifth from senior McKenna Wiegand.
Sophomore pitcher Veronika Gulvin pitched third straight complete game, tallying eight strikeouts, her second-highest mark of the season.
UCSB will be back in action tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. as it takes on San Diego.