Johnson's Grand Slam Powers Aggies

Feb. 8, 2008

UC Davis 10, Utah State 1

No. 6 Tennessee 5, UC Davis 2

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Ashley Johnson hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead UC Davis to a 10-1 victory over Utah State, Friday, as the Aggies opened their 2008 season at the Cathedral City Kick-Off. Late Friday evening, No. 6 Tennessee had to rally to defeat the Aggies, 5-2.

In an all-Aggie match-up, UC Davis and Utah State battled to a scoreless tie through five innings as the teams combined for just three hits. However, in the sixth inning, the UC Davis bats broke through with four runs. With one out, Sarah O'Oeill singled to drive in Trish Paine with the game's first run. With two outs and the bases loaded, Johnson doubled to drive in two more and make it 3-0.

In the seventh, UC Davis (1-1) put the game away with six more runs. Julie Stauder drove in the Aggies' fifth run with an RBI-single before Deanna Menapace had a run-scoring double to make it 6-0. That helped set up the most dramatic hit of the game as Johnson blasted a grand slam to right center to give UC Davis a 10-0 lead.

Johnson finished the game 2-for-3 with six RBIs. The senior drove in 12 runs in 42 games last year.

Freshman hurler Alex Holmes pitched a complete game three-hitter. She struck out eight and walked just two.

Against Tennessee (2-0), UC Davis scored twice in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. Stauder led off the frame and reached on an infield error. She then stole second before Erin Emde singled up the middle. Stauder came around to score on the play as the result of a throwing error to make it 1-0. One out later, Jenny Corbett scored on a wild pitch to give UC Davis a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.



Lillian Hammond started the scoring with a one-out infield single to draw the Vols within 2-1. Tonya Callahan followed with a two-run single to put Tennessee on top 3-2. Jennifer Lapicki led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run before a wild pitch allowed another run to score later in the inning to account for the final score.

For the day, UC Davis collected 10 hits. In addition to Johnson , Michelle Espiritu and Emde also had two hits. O'Neill, Stauder and Paine each scored twice.

UC Davis faces Colorado State and San Diego State on Saturday before concluding the tournament Sunday against Winthrop.