SAN DIEGO, Calif. – On day two of the Campbell/Cartier Classic on Saturday, the UC Santa Barbara softball team was defeated by Middle Tennessee, 2-1, and San Diego State, 1-0.
In their first game of the day, a late flurry of action would see the Gauchos fall to Middle Tennessee by a single run on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh.
While neither team was able to put up a run through the first five and a half innings, Middle Tennessee's Kirstyn Cuccia would open the scoring with a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh, UCSB would get on the board for the first time. Sophomore left fielder Sammy Fabian opened things with a leadoff single to shortstop. The next at bat would see her advance to second, courtesy of a sac bunt from junior Genesis Ramirez. That set up senior Sierra Altmeyer, who came through with a clutch single to center field, bringing Fabian home for the Gauchos' only run of the game.
However, Middle Tennessee wouldn't allow things to go into extra innings. Following singles from their first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, Samantha Valentine would score the winning run on a single up the middle by outfielder Claire Smith.
UCSB doubled Middle Tennessee up in hits 10-5, reaching double-figures for the fourth time through six games this season. However, the Gauchos weren't able to convert, leaving 11 runners on base to Middle Tennessee's one.
Four Gauchos finished with two hits, including Fabian, who extends her hit streak to six games and already has five multi-hit games this season. Also tallying two hits were Rayna Cohen, Teah Thies and Tyler Goldstein.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Schuttish (1-1) suffered her first loss of the year despite doing a great job of holding Middle Tennessee to just two runs in more than six innings.
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Facing the host Aztecs in their rescheduled second game of the day, the Gauchos would be defeated 1-0.
SDSU's Aris Metcalfe would score the game's only run in the bottom of the fourth on a UCSB error. It was the Gauchos' only error of the game in what was another solid pitching effort from junior Felisha Noriega. Noriega (2-1) allowed just five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
UCSB's final game of the weekend is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start tomorrow against Grand Canyon. The Gauchos downed the Lopes 4-1 in their first game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic on Friday.