Aggies drop one-run heartbreaker at No. 23 California

Feb. 14, 2018

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. — UC Davis freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez tossed a gem on Wednesday afternoon, throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings while striking out eight in the complete-game effort, but a two-out wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth plated the only run of the game as unbeaten and No. 23-ranked California escaped Levine-Fricke Field with a 1-0 victory over the Aggies in a non-conference affair in Berkeley, Calif.

UC Davis had its record evened at 3-3 overall, facing its fourth nationally ranked or receiving votes opponent of the season. Yanez (2-2), the reigning Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week, scattered just four hits against a California team that outscored its opponents 19-3 during opening weekend, retiring five straight hitters on two different occasions and striking out at least two in an inning three times.

The Golden Bears (5-0) remained unbeaten behind starter Zoe Conley’s (3-0) three-hit shutout, giving up just three infield singles and working around a pair of walks while striking out 10 on the day.

After both sides went down in order in the first, senior Ashley Lotoszynski led off the second with a single and was sacrificed to second before being stranded there, while Yanez did the same to California in the bottom of the frame, leaving a runner in scoring position by inducing a two-out fly ball to end the frame.

Walks to Lotoszynski and freshman Alyse Rojas in the fourth had the Aggies mounting another threat before a strikeout and a pop-up ended the inning, and they put two on again in the sixth with one out thanks to an error, but a ground ball and strikeout extinguished the rally.

That’s when the Golden Bears, who were limited to just four baserunners on the day, were finally able to push across the lone run of the game. A one-out double down the left field line by Jazmyn Jackson starting things off and the senior was sacrificed to third. California then caught a break when Mikayla Coelho’s pop up in foul ground that would have ended the inning was dropped, extending her at bat, when a pitch got away from the Aggie defense, far enough to allow Jackson to score from third for the 1-0 lead.

Yanez regrouped to strike Coelho out to end the inning, and UC Davis mounted one more threat in the seventh when the freshman from Ventura, Calif., reached on an infield single with one out. However, Conley shut the door, inducing a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.

With her single in the sixth, Alyse Rojas extended her hitting streak to three games — tied with Isabella Leon and Sotomayor for the longest by an Aggie in this young season.

UC Davis returns to the diamond this weekend, making the trek down Highway 99 to take part in the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State at Margie Wright Diamond from Feb. 16-18. The Aggies will take on Northern California rival Pacific (twice), CSU Bakersfield, Saint Mary’s, and the host Bulldogs during the three day event.

#23 California 1, UC Davis 0 (Feb 13, 2018 at Berkeley, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 000 000 0 -  0  3  1      (3-3)
California.......... 000 001 X -  1  4  2      (5-0)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Villalobos, Alexis. California - Conley, Z and Espalin, L.
Win - Conley, Zoe (3-0)  Loss - Yanez, Brooke (2-1)  T-1:48  A-224
Weather: Sunny cool

Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.