UC Davis Survives Grueling Evening to Secure Saturday Split

Kelly Schulze drove in the game-winning run in the Aggies' 5-3 victory over UTEP Saturday night.

Feb. 9, 2013

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FRESNO, Calif. - Due to action that took place throughout the initial part of Saturday's schedule at the Fresno State Kick-Off, UC Davis' first game of the day against Fresno State was delayed by more than an hour.

Once both teams took to the diamond, Fresno State scored one run in both the first and third innings, and two in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead into the latter innings of the game.

The Aggies quickly chopped that deficit in half after scoring two runs, on three hits in the top of the sixth inning to pull within striking distance with one set of at-bats remaining.

In its half of the sixth, UC Davis designated player Christina Guidry immediately placed herself into scoring position by ripping a double to right centerfield.

Left fielder Cassandra Ginnis joined her teammate on-base when she singled to right, eventually advancing to second base on a throwing error committed by Bulldog right fielder Michelle Solomon.

With Aggies on second and third, second baseman Chandler Wagner's triple to centerfield enabled both Guidry and Ginnis to score UC Davis' inaugural runs of the evening.

After freshman left-hander Leah Munden recorded all three outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Aggies took their swings in the top of the seventh looking to push the action into extra innings. 

Aggie first baseman Amy Nunez started the Aggie rally with her triple down the left field line to place herself only 60 feet away from cutting Fresno State's lead in half for the second straight frame.



Unfortunately for UC Davis, Nunez was stranded on third as the final outs were recorded to hand the Aggies their first loss of the season by a 4-2 score.

With UTEP patiently awaiting the final results of Saturday's UC Davis-Fresno State game, a quick turnaround awaited the Aggies as they still needed to face the Miners to close out the second day of action at the Kick-Off.

UC Davis wasted no time in taking an early lead against UTEP, scoring the first run of the game in its third at-bat.

What was originally a single to UTEP third baseman Ashley Collazo led to Aggie right fielder Jasmine Lee to place herself into scoring position after Collazo's throw missed its intended target at first.

Lee spent little time at second base, however, because Nunez, the very next batter, drove in Lee with her single that skipped through the middle of the infield into center. 

UTEP would tie the game at one apiece by scoring its first run in the top of the third, eventually taking a 3-1 lead after plating another two in the fifth.

The Miners' lead was short-lived as the Aggie bats caught fire in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs to snatch the lead right back from UTEP.

When all was said and done in the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies scored four runs, on two hits and two UTEP miscues to take a 5-3 lead, an advantage UC Davis possessed for the rest of the evening.

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, more than six hours after Saturday's action was scheduled to begin, Munden earned her first win as an Aggie by throwing two innings of shuout ball to help her team earn a split of Saturday's scheduled games.

UC Davis (2-1) will end its time in Fresno with an 11:15 a.m. rematch against the same Southern Miss squad the Aggies defeated last Friday in their season opener, and a 1:30 p.m. showdown with cross-Causeway rival Sacramento State. Softball fans can access live stats links for both games at ucdavisaggies.com.