Feb. 11, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Danielle Smith was 3 for 3 and Sam Fischer had a three-run home run to help Loyola Marymount take its second win in as many days over the UC Davis softball team, as the Aggies managed just four hits for the game en route to a 5-1 loss Saturday at La Rue Field.
UC Davis (0-2) reached the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third inning and held the lead until the Lions (3-1) broke free for a four-run sixth inning. Chandler Wagner had the only RBI hit for the Aggies, while Megan Guzman added a double and a run scored.
LMU started the game with a double from Smith but she was caught stealing third on the next play. After getting out of the inning, UC Davis wasn't able to take advantage of a hit-by-pitch and a walk, stranding two on base in the bottom of the first.
All batters were retired in order during the second inning, before the Aggies lit up the scoreboard with a run in the third. Guzman started the inning with her extra base hit and Wagner brought her home with a single up the middle.
Justine Vela received her first collegiate start in the circle and was nearly flawless through five innings, scattering two hits with three one-two-three innings.
The Lions were able to find their bats in the sixth, using three hits to score four runs. Sterling Shuster had an RBI hit to even the score at 1-1 before Fischer's three-run shot put LMU on top for good. The Lions added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, adding another three hits on relief pitcher Kasie Cochran.
Heather Zimmerman tried to spark a rally in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single but the offense proved to be too little too late.
Molly Medeiros picked up the win for LMU to improve to 3-0 on the season after tossing a complete game and allowing four hits and one earned run. Vela threw five and a third innings for UC Davis, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out two.
The Aggies got started in their second game of the day against Nevada but the game was halted due to darkness. UC Davis currently holds a 3-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Play will resume between the Aggies and the Wolf Pack at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, with Heather Zimmerman due up in the middle of the lineup for UC Davis.
The Aggies will also play a pair of contests later in the day, facing Boise State before a rematch with Nevada.