NORTHRIDGE, Calif - Charleston Southern's seventh inning rally fell short against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday morning at Matador Diamond as the Buccaneers fell to the Gauchos, 5-2, on the final day of the Stacy Winseberg Invitational.
Brittany McPherson and Stevi Johnson had RBI singles in the top of the seventh for the Bucs as CSU loaded the bases against the Gauchos. However, UCSB reliever Claudia Puente was able to get the final out to record her first save of the season as the Bucs fell to the Gauchos for the second time on the weekend.
Arizona Pilgrim (3-2) took the loss for the Bucs in the contest after going 5.1 innings in the circle. The freshman pitcher allowed five runs (four earned), while striking out two in the loss. Hayley Elkins retired two of the three batters she faced in relief to close out the game.
UCSB's Lena Mayer (3-2) picked up the win after going 6.2 innings before getting chased by the CSU rally in the seventh.
Three Buccaneers had multi-hit games in the contest with Amanda Matsumoto, Stephanie Baro and Natalie Yonan all recording two hits against the Gauchos. Overall, CSU had 10 hits in the contest with Yonan and Stephanie Bergmann both connecting on doubles in the game.
The Gauchos took the early lead in the bottom of the first as Sierra Altmeyer doubled in Jessica Johnston with two outs.
The Buccaneers put runners on base in each of the first four innings against Meyer, but the UCSB defense kept CSU off the board in holding the 1-0 lead through four.
Arianna Palomares drove in UCSB's second run of the game with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth before the Gauchos broke the game open in the sixth. UCSB plated three runs in the sixth with Samantha Stark drawing a bases-loaded walk, while Melanie Menor had a two-run single to pace UCSB to the 5-0 lead.
The Bucs rallied back in their final at-bats with Yonan doubling down the left field line to open the inning. Amanda Matsumoto advanced Yonan to third with an infield single before McPherson drilled an RBI single through the left side of the infield to put the Bucs on the board. Two batters later, Johnson singled up the middle scoring Matsumoto to pull CSU back within 5-2 with two outs.
Bergmann drew a walk from Puente to load the bases, but the UCSB reliever was able to record the final out and limit the damage as the Bucs rally fell short.
CSU is back in action this afternoon as the Buccaneers take on CSU Northridge at Matador Diamond in the final game of the Stacy Winseberg Invitational with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. PST/ 6 p.m. EST.