SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara softball team (5-18, 2-4 Big West) dropped both games in its series-ending doubleheader at UC San Diego on Saturday afternoon at Triton Softball Field.
Game one: UCSD 8, UCSB 0 (5 innings)
A four-run first inning and three-run third propelled UC San Diego to a series win over the Gauchos in the final Big West-countable game of the series between the two squads.
With bases loaded and one out, Bobbi Aguirre kicked the day off for UCSD in the first inning with an RBI single to score Sophia Real.
In the next at-bat, Gabby Williams plated both Sherriah Harrington and Deena Pederson with a single to lead 3-0.
The Gauchos picked up a second out on a pickoff from sophomore catcher Teah Thies to junior first baseman Rayna Cohen, but Isabel Lavrov made it a 4-0 game when she singled through the left side and scored Aguirre.
The Tritons added three runs in the third on a sac fly by Williams, a single by Clarissa Reynoso, and a Gaucho error that allowed Reynoso to score.
The final run of the game came in the fourth inning, when Harrington homered in center field to give UCSD an 8-0 advantage, and the Tritons saw out the game after five innings due to the run-rule.
Game two: UCSD 8, UCSB 3
The Gauchos found themselves down 6-0 after three innings, but they cut the deficit to three following the top of the fifth. However, UC San Diego went on to add a pair of runs in the fifth and maintained their lead for the win in the lone non-conference contest of the four-game series between the two squads.
Harrington brought in the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the first on a double to right center, and Aguirre singled down the right field line to score Harrington later in the inning.
The Tritons doubled their lead in the third inning when Gabby Williams and Kinley Kyro each recorded RBI doubles, with Williams' resulting in two runs and Kyro's making the score 6-0.
UCSB responded in the fifth inning when a Cohen RBI groundout scored freshman catcher Ashley Donaldson, who had reached on a leadoff single.
Afterward, junior second baseman Maci Fines was hit by a pitch and then stole second base, setting the stage for both herself and junior left fielder Sammy Fabian to score on sophomore right fielder Ally Nodohara's triple to right center to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Despite the rally by the Gauchos, UCSD went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and hold UCSB the rest of the way to take the game 8-3.
The Gauchos return home for a series with Cal Poly on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3. The games will be streamed live and live stats will be available on UCSBGauchos.com.