Rain cancelled all but two games in this weekend’s Commercial Capital Invitational Softball Tournament at Campus Diamond. After Thursday’s tournament opener against BYU was rained out, the Gauchos (6-6 overall) defeated Southwest Missouri State University 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
“I was real happy with the way they played. They were out there getting water off the field; they were standing in water in the outfield and they were out there with buckets before the game and I thought they did a nice job getting refocused after that to play,” UCSB Head Coach Kristy Schroeder said. “The slippery grounds didn’t make a big difference, at least not in our game; I thought that our players in the outfield did a nice job making adjustments.”
Things took off for UCSB in the bottom of the third when sophomore outfielders Liz Walters and Jessica Hejna safely reached with singles. Sophomore infielder Kendra Singley popped one over the center field wall for a three-run jack.
“I was very happy with our offense – I thought we had a lot more quality at-bats than we got hits. We hit the ball hard the majority of the time we got up to the plate,” Schroeder said. “The home run was all we needed to win, but everyone was making good contact and having good bats. Anytime the hits can be spread throughout the lineup, that’s a good thing.”
Sophomore right-hander Jennifer Davis had another excellent outing in the circle tossing seven complete. Earning her fourth win of the season, Davis gave up three hits and struck out 11 to move to 4-2 overall.
SMSU’s Shannon Buslepp got the loss for the Bears, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. SMSU threatened in the sixth, loading the bases, but the Gaucho defense kept the Bears from scoring.
Santa Barbara was originally scheduled to play three additional games last weekend but all three were rained out. The Gauchos return to action Saturday at Saint Mary’s.