Feb. 14, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis swept a softball doubleheader with Saint Mary's, Tuesday afternoon, at La Rue Field. The Aggies shut out the Gaels in both games, posting a 1-0 victory in game one and a 3-0 victory in game two. Lindsay Tognetti and Rachel Kelly each earned victories for the Aggies. Christina Grimm, Belinda Paine, Sarah O'Neill and Jodie Valley each drove in runs for the Aggies.
UC Davis (2-2) scored the only run of game one in the fourth inning. With one out, Ashley Johnson reached on an error. With two outs, Grimm doubled to deep center to drive in Johnson from first base.
Meanwhile, Tognetti was busy scattering five hits over five innings of work with six strikeouts and one walk. Stacey Benzing picked up the save with two innings of hitless relief. In the seventh, the Gaels loaded the bases with no outs before Benzing got out of the jam with a strikeout, a fly-out and a groundout.
Tognetti picked up the win and improved to 1-1. The save was the first of the season for Benzing.
In game two, the Aggies wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the first, Megan De La Hoya led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Belinda Paine. De La Hoya then stole third before Johnson was hit by a pitch. Sarah O'Neill followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in DeLa Hoya and make it 1-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, UC Davis tacked on the first of two insurance runs. Roxanne Hannan started the rally with a one-out pinch-hit single. With two outs and Hannan at third, Paine provided the timely hit, singling through the left side to drive in Hannan giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, Valley had a two-out RBI-double to give UC Davis a 3-0 lead.
Rachel Kelly picked up the complete-game shutout, improving to 1-1. She allowed three hits, all singles, while striking out two with two walks.
"I think we had continual intensity throughout both games. There was no let-up in the circle or defensively," said UC Davis head coach Karen Matteson-Yoder. "Defensively, I thought we had a strong showing which gave support to our pitchers."
With the losses, Saint Mary's dropped to 0-6.
UC Davis is next in action later this week when it takes part in the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aggies begin play Thursday with games against Utah State and BYU.