UCSB Pulls Off Series Sweep with Second Shutout of Cal Poly

Sierra Altmeyer (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Sierra Altmeyer (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Thanks to Ashley Ludlow's second complete game of the weekend, UCSB (20-17, 3-0) pulled off the series sweep of Cal Poly (16-14, 0-3) in a 3-0 shutout victory on Sunday. 

Ludlow (7-7) held the Mustang offense to just three hits (all singles) through seven innings, as she also fanned six batters. The senior is in the middle of an incredible stretch of games, as she has tossed four complete games in her past four starts. She has gone 3-1 in those games.

Sierra Altmeyer, Kristen Clark, Melanie Menor, and Arianna Palomares each had two hits in the game to lead the Gauchos, while Altmeyer supplied the team with a pair of RBI doubles.

The Mustangs went three up, three down in four innings, as their best chance of scoring came in the opening frame. After their two lead off hitters got on base with infield singles, Courtney Tyler bunted them over to second and third for the heart of the Cal Poly lineup. But the Gauchos would escape the inning unscathed after Ludlow forced the next two batters to pop outs to second base. 

UCSB didn't reach the scoreboard until the third inning with two outs and Menor on third. The freshman led off the inning with a double to right center, as she later moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Stacy Cavazos. Then Clark came through at the plate with her first hit of the weekend, as she floated an RBI single into shallow center field.

The Gauchos tacked on their second run one inning later with a booming RBI double from Altmeyer that reached the fence in right center. The run came again with two outs, as Palomares scored from first base on the play.

Just to add some padding before the seventh inning, UCSB tallied one more score in the sixth thanks to another RBI double to right center from Altmeyer, as she sent Palomares home for the second time. 

To seal the win, Ludlow didn't let the Mustangs hang around for long, as she retired the first two batters on a fly out and a pop up. She did give up a single to pinch hitter Susanne Morris, but she never made it past first as Ludlow struck out the next batter to end the game.

UCSB will continue their season on the road next weekend with a three-game series at UC Riverside. The team will be back at Campus Diamond for a midweek match up with Cal on Wednesday, April 20th.

NOTES 

- UCSB's first sweep of Cal Poly since 2012, which was also a home series.

- The last time UCSB held an opponent to one run through a three-game series was in 2012 when the team swept CSUN at home (5/11-5/12)

- With the win, Ludlow set a new career-high with seven wins in a single season.

- The game was the second time Altmeyer hit two doubles in a single contest, as she previously did so in an 8-4 win over Utah Valley (3/10).