Feb. 1, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. -
Danielle Eakins' double to right-center field with one out in
the seventh inning on Tuesday spoiled UC Davis freshman pitcher
Jessica Hancock's bid for a perfect game, while Elisa Barrios'
subsequent single scored Easkins with the game's only run as
San Jose State beat UC Davis 1-0 in the second game of their season-opening
twinbill at LaRue Field.
San Jose State won the opener 6-2 in eight innings after the
Aggies tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Carol Forbes
pitched the complete-game win in the opener for the Spartans and
then earned a save in the nightcap, relieving freshman hurler
Kat Castro who gathered the win by allowing just three hits.
Third baseman Nikki Sheldon and outfielder Carie Brueckner each
had hits in both games for UC Davis, which was making its debut
under new head coach Karen Matteson. Junior Rachel Kelly scattered
six hits and struck out four in the opener before being relieved
in the extra frame.
Hancock provided a lot of the opening day excitement on Tuesday,
putting the Spartans down in order through the first six frames
as she battled Castro in a scoreless duel. Hancock struck out
the side in the second and had two more in the fourth on her way
to eight strikeouts in her Aggie debut. She didn't walk a batter.
Hancock got a groundout to start the seventh before Eakins stroked
a double to the fence, splitting the Aggies' center- and right-fielders.
Barrios then followed with a bouncer up the middle that scored
Eakins for the go-ahead run. Lindsay Tognetti later relieved Hancock
to get the final two outs. Forbes then came in for Castro and
put UC Davis down to end the game.
UC Davis twice had runners at third base with less than two outs
during the game but couldn't score runs in either situation. UC
Davis left five runners on base in the second game after stranding
nine in the first.
Matteson was pleased with both starting pitchers' performances
but said the Aggies needed to do more offensively to support them.
"We just have to be able to put the runners in scoring position
and push the runs across," she said.
Castro had three strikeouts and a walk to pick up the win. Brueckner
had a leadoff triple in the fifth for UC Davis but Castro got
an infield popup, a groundout and a flyout to end the threat.
UC Davis rallied in the first game on a pair of occassions, including
in the bottom of the seventh when the Aggies were down 2-1. De
La Hoya rapped a one-out triple deep to right and raced to third
with a triple, scoring on a short fly to center field by Kristin
Herrera one batter later.
Using the international tiebreaker in the extra frame, each team
started with a runner on second. San Jose State took advantage
of an infield error to score Jana Arde for its first run while
a two-run single from Carlie Hill made it 5-2. A sacrifice fly
brought in the final run as Forbes then held the Aggies without
a run in the bottom half ot the inning to end the game.
UC Davis tied the game the first time as Brueckner doubled to
left center in the fourth and came across two batters later on
shortstop Lindsay Cox's single. The Spartans answered in their
next at-bat on another infield error by UC Davis for a 2-1 lead
which the Aggies would later erase.
Courtney Lewis and Eakins each had two hits in the opener for
San Jose State while five different Aggies collected hits. Kelly
struck out four and walked just two in her first appearance of
"I thought our pitchers did an above average job for this
point of the year," said Matteson.
Matteson said her youthful Aggie team will continue to improve.
"I thought we did a lot of good things," she said.
UC Davis will travel to compete in the San Diego Aztec Invitational
this weekend, opening play on Friday against Long Beach State.