Gauchos Drops Pair of One-Run Games at San Diego

Ally Nodohara (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Ally Nodohara (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara softball team fell at San Diego on Saturday in two games which were decided by a single run, 1-0 and 2-1.

Game One
Facing the Toreros (13-15) in the first game of Saturday's noon doubleheader, the Gauchos (6-23) shutout USD through six innings, giving up just two hits prior to the seventh. However, UCSB's defense would finally let up in the decisive seventh, giving up two hits before the Toreros scored the winning run on a Gaucho error.

UCSB finished the game with five errors to USD's one. The Gauchos also ended with three hits, coming from Maci Fines, Teah Thies and Kayla Krantz.

They nearly got on the board in the opening inning, after Fines opened with a leadoff single and would eventually make her way to third base. However, she would be thrown out at home as Genesis Ramirez reached on a fielder's choice, and San Diego would get out of the inning unscathed. Thies' single to center field would come in the top of the sixth, but she wouldn't make it further than first base.

The Toreros meanwhile tallied four hits as a team. Junior pitcher Felisha Noriega pitched the entire game for UCSB, striking out five while and walking out four. 

Game Two
Santa Barbara would once again put up three hits in the second game of the doubleheader, but the Toreros' two early runs proved to be the difference in their 2-1 win.

Carissa Felix, Alyssa Lazatin and Ally Nodohara each finished with a hit, two of which came in the top of the sixth. Lazatin opened the inning with a single to shortstop, followed by a single to right from Nodohara. Both players advanced on the following at bat, a ground out by Fines.

Immediately after that, Goldstein nabbed an RBI for UCSB, bringing home Lazatin to make it 2-1. Unforutnately for the Gauchos, they weren't able to find the tying run in the seventh, despite Melanie Menor making it to second base after a walk and a wild pitch.

Senior pitcher Veronika Gulvin pitched a full six innings, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out one.

The Gauchos will play a third and final game at San Diego tomorrow at noon.