Feb. 8, 2014
LAS VEGAS - Kelly Zboralske led all Aggies by finishing 3-for-4 at the plate in the first of two games scheduled that took place Saturday in Las Vegas, a game that saw San Diego hold off UC Davis by a 5-2 score.
After a brief respite, UC Davis faced its toughest test of the weekend, against No. 18/16 Baylor, an abridged contest that the Bears took by a 17-1 score in five innings.
UC Davis will enter its final game of the Sportco Kick-Off Classic, a 12:15 p.m. matchup against No. 5/3 Washington, with a 1-3 overall record.
Amy Nunez, the next batter to take her swings at San Diego starter Jenny Lahite, recorded the first runs by either team in the third inning when her single to right allowed Lee and Brianna Warner to score. Warner entered the game as a pinch runner for Saunders prior to Nunez' at-bat.
UC Davis' 2-0 lead held until the bottom of the fourth when the Toreros scored four runs, on three hits, to take a 4-2 lead.
The score remained untouched until the Toreros tacked on an insurance run to extend their lead to the game's eventual result.
In the top of the seventh, Zboralske recorded the last of her three hits when she opened the inning with a single through the left side. Advancing to second on a groundout to the shortstop from Nunez, the freshman would advance no further as San Diego was able to force the next two Aggie batters to record outs.
A six-run second inning helped Baylor take a sizable lead early in the Aggies' second game of the day. By scoring a run in four of five innings, the Bears were able to capture their second win of the weekend.
Responsible for her team's lone run, Nunez turned her shoulders on an 0-1 pitch from Bears starter Whitney Canion, one that eventually landed on the other side of the fence in center.
Last season, UC Davis hit 10 home runs; after four games, this year's roster is already responsible for three.
Fans can access a live stats link for Sunday afternoon's tournament finale, against Washington, at ucdavisaggies.com.