Freshman shines in debut as Aggies win opener

Feb. 9, 2018

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. — Freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez struck out 11 while allowing just six hits in her Division I debut, and the Aggies scored all the runs they would need in the first two innings, lifting UC Davis to a 3-1 win over South Dakota in the 2018 season opener at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday evening.

The Aggies improved to 7-4 in season openers in the program’s Division I history, winning for the fourth time in their last six. The Coyotes fell to 0-3 overall on the season after opening with losses to Boise State and San Jose State on Thursday.

Yanez (1-0) struck out the five of the first seven batters she faced and carried a shutout into the fifth, allowing just four hits in that stretch until Alyssa Fernandez homered to right centerfield for South Dakota’s only run of the game. An animal science major from Ventura, Calif., Yanez struck out the side in the second, and had at least two strikeouts in two other frames during the complete-game effort, walking just two batters.

Fellow freshman Aly Gomonet got the Aggies on the board quickly in the first, reaching on an error and advancing to second when the throw went wide of first. The neurobiology, physiology, and behavior, major from Salinas, Calif., then stole third and scored when Ashley Lotoszynski walked and got caught in a rundown long enough to allow Gomonet to score from third for the 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Frankie Mendoza took advantage of another error in the second, leading off with a single, moving to second on a wild pitch, and was sacrificed to third, before a miscue on the infield  on a ball hit by Yanez allowed her to score and make it 2-0. Kiana Lee then entered to run and moved to third on a single to center by Alexis Villalobos to bring up Gomonet, who laced a single to right for a 3-0 advantage.

Sophomore Marissa Jauregui added a single to account for the Aggies’ other hit on the day, while Taylor Steinfeldt finished 2-for-3 to lead South Dakota.

Coyotes’ starter Alexis Devers (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing three unearned runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two over 4.1 innings. Sarah Lisko finished the contest, throwing 2.2 innings of shutout relief.

The Aggies’ tournament run continues on Saturday morning (Feb. 10) with back-to-back games against nationally ranked competition. UC Davis opens against Tennessee, ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation, at 9:15 a.m., before meeting No. 7 Arizona at approximately 11:45 a.m.

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UC Davis 3, South Dakota 1 (Feb 09, 2018 at Tempe, Ariz.)
UC Davis............ 120 000 0 -  3  4  0      (1-0)
South Dakota........ 000 010 0 -  1  6  3      (0-3)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Villalobos, Alexis. South Dakota - Devers; Lisko(5) and
Win - Yanez, Brooke (1-0)  Loss - Devers (0-2)  T-2:00  A-350
HR USD - Fernandez.
Weather: Clear, 75

Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.