Comebacks Fall Short as UCSB Drops Pair at Mustang Classic
March 12, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara (7-14) battled back from early deficits against Iowa State (12-11) and Sacramento State (5-14) in a pair of games at Cal Poly's Mustang Classic at Janssen Field on Friday night. Unfortunately, the Gauchos were unable to complete either comeback as the Cyclones shut the door on the Gauchos with an 11-5 victory and the Hornets were able to capture a 5-2 win in a rain-shortened pairing.
A two-out two RBI single to right field by Sydni Jones drove Heidi Kidwell and Carleigh Berry home for Iowa State at the top of the first inning in the Gauchos' first match-up of the night. Erica Miller followed with a single to right field before Tori Torrescano hit a homer over the right center field fence giving the Cyclones a 5-0 lead.
At the top of the third, Jones once again got things rolling for Iowa State, leading off with a walk. Miller followed with a double to right field and Jones was able to score an unearned run on the play after a Gaucho throwing error. Bianca Lopez singled to right field two outs later pushing Miller to third base before a base hit by Kidwell sent her home stretching the Iowa State advantage to seven runs.
The Cyclones continued on their path of Gaucho destruction in the fourth as Torrescano drove home Johnson for the eighth run of the game.
At risk of having the game cut short due to the mercy rule if they remained scoreless for another inning, the Gauchos battled back at the bottom of the fourth. Alison Taylor was able to reach first on an Iowa State fielding error to get the ball rolling for UCSB. Lainey DePompa followed with a double to right center, putting two Gauchos in scoring position. One out later, Taylor dashed home on a wild pitch, putting UCSB on the scoreboard.
Tiffany Corder reached on a walk before Jessica Ziegler's fielder's choice sent DePompa home for the unearned run. Brooke Putich then hit her first career home run, adding three more runs to the Gauchos' count and cutting the deficit to three runs.
Unfortunately for the Gauchos, their offensive surge would end there. Iowa State added three more runs: a solo homer by Miller and an RBI double to right center by Lopez at the top of the sixth and an RBI single down the left field line by Miller at the top of the seventh, which was her fourth hit in as many at-bats.
In the circle, Krista Cobb (2-5) took the loss after giving up the first five runs off of four hits and two walks in two thirds of an inning. MeLinda Matsumoto finished the game and allowed five earned runs (six total) on 13 hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Torrescano (1-2) got the win for the Cyclones after tossing a complete game. She did not allow a single earned run on seven hits while walking four and fanning one. During the Gauchos' nightcap, they found themselves down early once again, this time against Sacramento State. Kelli Frye scored at the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly to left field by Erin Jones and the Hornets stretched their lead at the top of the following inning. With one out and two runners on, Molly Smith singled up the middle driving Emily McCormick home. Alyssa Nakken stole home on the following play to push Sac State ahead, 3-0.
UCSB fired back at the bottom of the same inning when Putich and Keilani Jennings hit consecutive singles to put two runners on with one out. A Beristianos double down the right field line sent Putich home and one out later, a single from DePompa sent Jennings home as well, cutting the Hornets' lead to one.
Jones struck again for Sac State at the top of the third as she led off with a double down the left field line. Jenice Bartee followed with a walk before McCormick hit a double sending Jones home. The Gauchos were able to throw Bartee out on the play and Lindsey Correa struck out the next batter looking to earn the first two outs. A wild pitch during the next at-bat allowed McCormick to come home though, and put UCSB down by three.
Correa finally caught her stride in the fourth inning as she retired the side in order for the first time in the contest. Mother Nature, however, made sure a complete Gaucho comeback would not be in the works as rain caused the game to be called after five innings.
Jennings led the Gauchos at the plate going 3-for-3 with a run and a double while Beristianos brought her daily double count to two.
Correa (2-5) was handed the loss after a bit of a wild game in the circle. She allowed five earned runs on six hits while walking five, striking out three, tossing a pair of wild pitches and hitting one batter.
The Gauchos will have a chance to break even on the weekend when they return to Campus Diamond on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader against Cal State Bakersfield. The first game is slated for a 1 p.m. start. To purchase tickets online, click here.