Fullerton swept the UCSB softball team (14-13 overall, 0-3 in the Big West) in a three-game series at Campus Diamond this past weekend.
The Titans (12-11 overall, 3-0 Big West) were victorious twice on Friday by scores of 3-2 and 1-0 (10) and came out on top of a 1-0 decision again Saturday.
Sophomore Jennifer Davis parlayed another strong outing in Friday’s opener, throwing a complete game while giving up three runs and striking out 10. However, Titan sophomore Brooke Weekley one-upped Davis, throwing for six scoreless innings before faltering in the seventh when she gave up a two-run homer to sophomore Brittany Putich. Sophomore Candice Baker came on in relief for the Titans to record the save.
You can’t say enough about what Jenn [Davis] has been doing out there,” Head Coach Kristy Schroeder said. “We just left too many runners on base and couldn’t get the hits when we needed it.”
Friday’s second game featured another Gaucho pitching gem, this time in the name of sophomore Lindsey Sommer. Sommer threw nine scoreless innings before giving up the winning run in the top of the 10th. UCSB managed to out-hit the Titans 7-4, but Fullerton was the team able to manage a runner over the plate.
“We again had decent hits in game two, just not with runners on base,” Schroeder said. “We are pressing a little bit at the plate.”
Saturday’s finale showcased each team’s pitching once again. Davis returned to the mound for the Gauchos, hurling even better than in Friday’s opener. Davis threw another complete game, allowing one unearned run and holding the Titans to just two hits.
Weekley was on the mound again for the Titans, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just three Gaucho hits.
“Our pitchers were fantastic this weekend,” Schroeder said. “They couldn’t have been better. I felt we outplayed them in two of the three games. We just weren’t able to capitalize at good times.”
“Anytime you get swept, it is frustrating,” Schroeder said. “We weren’t swept at all last year and only lost two series in the Big West. This isn’t the way we wanted to start out our season, but there is still a long way to go.”
UCSB split a two-game series at Loyola Marymount last Wednesday, winning 3-2 before losing 1-0. The Gauchos also played in the San Diego Tournament, posting an impressive 4-1 record. UCSB knocked off Towson, Ore., Georgia Southern, and Longwood, while their only loss came at the hands of San Diego State.
Next up for UCSB is Riverside, with two games Saturday and the finale Sunday.
“We feel that we can be in every game because of our pitching,” Schroeder said. “If our bats wake up, we should be in position to win.”