Late-Inning Score Gives UC Davis A CCAA Softball Split With Tritons

Feb. 14, 2004

UC San Diego 5, UC Davis 3 (box score)
UC Davis 5, UC San Diego 4 (11 innings) (box score)

DAVIS, Calif. - Carie Brueckner scored on an infield error with two outs in the 11th inning on Saturday, delivering UC Davis a 5-4 win and a split of its California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader with UC San Diego at La Rue Field.

The Tritons scored four times in the fifth inning of the opener on their way to a 5-3 win. UC Davis moved to 7-3 overall while UC San Diego is 8-3. Both teams are 6-2 in the CCAA.

The Aggies rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth inning to tie the nightcap at 4-4 and then used solid defense to keep the Tritons from scoring after they put runners in scoring position every inning thereafter except for the 11th.

In the bottom of the 11th, Jenna Cresta - who finished 4 for 5 - opened with a double and then gave way to Brueckner, who came into pinch run. Brueckner, who was sacrificed to third by shortstop Lindsay Roark. then scored the winning run with two outs after catcher Megan Turman's pop fly behind first base was dropped.

The win delivered sophomore pitcher Rachel Kelly her second win of the weekend. Kelly started the nightcap, was relieved by freshman Lindsay Tognetti in the fourth and then came back in the eighth. She finished with five strikeouts while giving up four hits and seven walks. Tognetti permitted just three hits with a strikeout and three walks.

Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, UC Davis rallied to tie the game with one out. Back-to-back singles by Jessica Miller and Cresta led to a sacrifice fly by Roark. Pinch-hitter Kristin Herrera then singled to right, helping to score Cresta with the tying run.



UC Davis had 11 hits in the game, including four by Cresta and two each from Turman and Miller. Roark had a pair of RBI's.

UC San Diego scored two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch. Pitcher Jodie Bland opened the inning with a double to help get things going.

Third baseman Amy Mettee had three hits for the Tritons, who had seven overall. Bland finished with two hits. She also pitched the entire game for UC San Diego, finished with just two strikeouts but allowing just one run. She dropped to 3-3.

UC San Diego erased an early 1-0 deficit against UC Davis in the opener, scoring four unearned runs in the fifth inning for a 4-1 lead. A two-run double from Breanna Cope, an RBI single from Niki Anderson and an infield error by the Aggies accounted for the scoring.

Bland's infield single in the sixth scored Melanie Meurer with the final run. UC Davis rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh - keyed by doubles from Sue Yale and Roark - but Tritons' starter Tina Rowe was able to stop the rally and end the game with an infield grounder.

UC San Diego chased Aggies' starter Amy Rosson in the fifth after getting runners to third base in three of the first four innings but being held without a run. The runs allowed by Rosson were the first for her this season, but all were unearned, extending her streak without allowing an earned run to 69.2 innings dating back to last year.

Anderson had two hits for UC San Diego, while Yale and Roark each had a pair for UC Davis. Rowe improved to 5-0 after going the distance, allowing just six hits while striking out one and walking one. Rosson had five strikeouts, walked four and scattered five hits before giving way to Tognetti who pitched 2-1/3 innings.

"The best thing about today was we got put into a ton of pressure situations," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "It was good for us to face a lot of that. We had a lot more tension because we played a lot of defense with runners on."

Saturday's 11-inning game was the Aggies' longest since an 11-inning matchup against Hawaii Pacific last April.

UC Davis will travel to face Sacramento State on Wednesday.