Feb. 9, 2014
LAS VEGAS - Facing No. 5/3 Washington, her team's second ranked opponent in as many games, Kelly Zboralske hit a home run down the left field line to pull her team within one in its tournament finale. However, an 11-run inning helped the Huskies pull away and record a 16-2 victory over the Aggies, in five innings, Sunday afternoon at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic.
UC Davis leaves Las Vegas for its first two home games of the season, starting with Tuesday's meeting against Pacific, with a 1-4 record. Led by Kylee Lahners who finished with a team-high three RBI, Washington leaves UNLV's tournament with a 5-0 mark.
In an action-packed first inning, Washington was able to score three runs, on two hits and two Aggie miscues before the Aggies took their inaugural swings.
Once that took place, the UC Davis wasted no time in generating a scoring opportunity for itself when leadoff batter Christa Castello singled up the middle on the second pitch thrown her way.
Moments later, the sophomore shortstop stole second to place herself just 120 feet away from home. She touched the plate moments later when Zboralske swung on a 3-1 pitch and belted a shot down the left field line to record her first home run as an Aggie and pull her team within one run.
By committing two errors the following inning when Washington returned to the plate, UC Davis' deficit swelled to a margin too large to erase due to an 11-run Husky rally.
Of the Aggies' three hits, Castello accounted for two once she reached base safely on a single through the right side of the infield.
In addition to her team-high total, she also leaves Las Vegas with a team-high seven hits earned throughout the Aggies' first five games of the year, edging Zboralske and Lauryn Saunders who each finished with six.
Including Amy Nunez, who recorded four hits, Castello, Saunders and Zboralske each drove in three runs throughout the three-day event-a team-high total.
If her performance at the Aggies' inaugural tournament of the season is any indication, Jasmine Lee may become one of UC Davis' top baserunning threats in 2014. Responsible for four of her team's six swipes, the sophomore outfielder doubled her total from last year, her first as an Aggie, just three days into the season.
Little time will pass before UC Davis hosts Pacific in its 2014 home opener as the Aggies will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 11, against the Tigers. First pitch at La Rue Field is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.