Hancock, Kelly Pitch Aggies To Sweep At Aztec Invitational

Feb. 5, 2005

UC Davis 2, Saint Mary's 0 (Box Score)
UC Davis 5, UC Riverside 4 (Box Score)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Jessica Hancock opened Saturday for UC Davis with a two-hit, 14-strikeout shutout against Saint Mary's while junior Rachel Kelly closed it with a complete-game win against UC Riverside as the Aggie softball team won two games on Saturday at the San Diego State Aztec Invitational.

UC Davis beat Saint Mary's 2-0 before edging UC Riverside 5-4.

UC Davis, which dropped two games on Friday, is 2-4 after the sweep, the Aggies' first victories for new head coach Karen Matteson. The Aggies will conclude the tournament on Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against Long Beach State.

Hancock, who nearly threw a perfect game her collegiate opener on Tuesday - a 1-0 matchup to San Jose State - beat Saint Mary's by allowing just a pair of singles to catcher Eleni Papailias and left-fiekder Marcia-Marie Euker.

She finished with 14 strikeouts in the seven-inning win, walking just two. She aided her own by knocking in both Aggie runs, plating catcher Ashley Johnson with singles in the first and third innings.

Johnson and shortstop Lindsay Cox each had two hits for UC Davis as well.

In the nightcap, Kelly struck out six and walked just one against UC Riverside, scattering seven hits in the complete-game win. The Aggies helped her by scoring once in the first inning and four more times in the second for an early 5-0 lead. Lindsay Tognetti doubled in the first run while Megan De La Hoya bunted a run in during the second inning.



The Highlanders trailed 5-1 before scoring twice in the sixth on a triple by Mandy Salcido and a sacrifice fly by Elizabeth Buck. Jamie Yee singled in another run in the seventh but Kelly was able to get Salcido to ground out to second to end the game and earn the win.

Eight different Aggies picked up hits against UC Riverside, including catcher Megan Turman whio tripled,and third baseman Nikki Sheldon and Tognetti who doubled.