Feb. 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES - A two-run home run from Kelly Zboralske and seven innings of near-perfect pitching from Dana Cruse helped UC Davis open the 2014 Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament, in Los Angeles, with a 2-0 victory over Western Kentucky.
The shutout victory is Cruse's second in as many games as she allowed only two hits throughout her five innings in the circle against Sacramento State last Wednesday.
Christa Castello's leadoff single up the middle, one of two earned by the sophomore shortstop against Western Kentucky, helped create the Aggies' sixth-inning scoring opportunity. After successfully advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jasmine Lee, Castello scored the first run by either team when Zboralske's blast cleared the left field fence at Easton Stadium.
From there, Cruse forced a groundout to short, a pop fly on a failed bunt to Lauryn Saunders and a fly ball to right to secure her second win of the season.
Amy Nunez also recorded a team-high two hits on her fourth-inning single through the middle of the infield, and her two-out double down the left field line.
In the final game of the day, against tournament host No. 12/13 UCLA, UC Davis matched its nationally ranked foe inning-for-inning until the Bruins broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. UC Davis was still within reach of the Bruins, down by a manageable margin with two sets of swings still remaining, until UCLA tacked on another two runs in their half of the sixth to pull away from the Aggies.
With her single that split UCLA's second baseman and shortstop, Lee earned her team's only hit of the game.
UC Davis will end its tournament schedule Sunday with a rematch against the Bruins; before that game takes place, the Aggies will battle Western Kentucky once again at 10 a.m. before ending the second day of action in Los Angeles with a 6 p.m. game versus Robert Morris.
Live stats links for both games are available at ucdavisaggies.com.