SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara softball team got out to a quick start in its final game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic on Sunday, but three unanswered Grand Canyon runs would put the Lopes on top 3-1.
The Gauchos fall to 3-5 to start the year, while GCU improves to 4-6.
In what was a rematch of the first game of the weekend for both sides, senior Sierra Altmeyer and sophomore Sammy Fabian would put UCSB on top in the first inning. Fabian opened with a leadoff single, and would later advance to second as Genesis Ramirez earned a walk. Facing one out, Altmeyer hit a single to center field, bringing Fabian home to make it 1-0.
However, Grand Canyon wouldn't wait long to respond. The Lopes tallied three hits in the bottom of the first, scoring on back-to-back at bats with the bases loaded to take a 2-1 advantage.
While UCSB would hold GCU scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos would have some chances to tie or take the lead on offense. Santa Barbara loaded the bases in the top of the third, with hits from Altmeyer and Maci Fines putting them in scoring position, but GCU would get out of the inning unscathed.
UCSB would again have a chance in the top of the fifth, but would leave two runners on base by the end of the inning. GCU would tack on the winning run on a fielder's choice in the following inning.
The Gauchos finished with eight hits to the Lopes' nine. Altmeyer led the way with three hits on four at bats, tallying UCSB's lone RBI.
Santa Barbara will be back in action for six more games next Thursday through Sunday at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.