Toreros top Fresno State, fall to UCSB in Gaucho Classic

Chloe Kaneko

Chloe Kaneko

Feb. 15, 2013

Game 1 Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Torero softball team returned to action at the Gaucho Classic on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Diamond. USD (2-2) split their two games on the day, posting a 2-1 victory over Fresno State in game one and suffering a 5-4 loss to UCSB in game two.

Jenny Lahitte kept the Fresno State offense in check in game one, while 2B Danielle Mavridis and CF Dana Prelsnik powered the offense. Lahitte (1-1) earned the win after throwing the complete game, allowing only four hits and one earned run while striking out four. Mavridis and Prelsnik each drove in runs for USD.

Fresno State (6-3) struck first when they plated a run in the bottom of the first with a leadoff triple followed by an RBI single.

USD wasted no time in answering as they scored both of their runs in the top of the second. Mavridis came up with the bases loaded and one out and delivered an RBI single to left field that scored Mary Grabowski. Prelsnik then drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home Kylie Ordos for the eventual game-winning run.

The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the third but Lahitte was able to strand Fresno State runners on second and third to end the inning and preserve the lead.

In the back end of the doubleheader, USD was edged when the Gauchos (6-1) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. The Toreros had taken the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a bases loaded walk by Ordos and a throwing error that allowed Grabowski to score.



The lead didn't last long however, as UCSB got a single to lead off the top of the seventh. That runner eventually came around to score on a ground out to third base that put UCSB up 5-4.

The Toreros got runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to push any runs across.

DP Chloe Kaneko had three hits and an RBI in game two while Cassidy Coleman (1-1) took the loss, throwing 7.0 innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.

The Toreros continue play at the Gaucho Classic on Saturday with a single game against No. 8 Missouri at 1 pm.