Aggies Take 2-1 Thriller to Split Saturday's Slate

An impressive outing by Marissa Chapa, in her first career start, helped UC Davis record a 2-1 victory over Robert Morris.

Feb. 15, 2014

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LOS ANGELES - Tied at 6-6 through seven innings in Saturday's game against Western Kentucky at the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles, UC Davis scored two runs in the top of the eighth in its first extra-inning game of 2014. However, Western Kentucky responded with three runs of its own to hand the Aggies a heartbreaking 9-8 loss.

However, UC Davis rebounded against Robert Morris by scoring in its first and last set of at-bats to capture a thrilling 2-1 victory in Saturday's nightcap. 

UC Davis will enter Sunday's 12 p.m. tournament finale, against No. 12/13 UCLA, with a 4-7 record, Robert Morris falls to 4-4 with the loss. 

After a three-inning block that saw a combined 10 runs cross the plate in the first game of the day involving UC Davis and Western Kentucky, the complete opposite took place as the game progressed as UC Davis starter Dana Cruse and her counterpart each blanked their opponent for the following three frames. 

The Hilltoppers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, only to see the Aggies respond with two runs of their own in the top of the eighth moments later.

Played under international tiebreak rules with a runner starting each inning in scoring position at second base, UC Davis snapped a six-all score when Cat Guidry drove in Brianna Warner on a single to third.

Warner entered the game as a pinch runner for Krista Bava, who started the inning at second, before advancing to third on a perfectly laid sacrifice bunt by Warner.

Guidry scored the final Aggie run when Christa Castello tripled to center, doubling UC Davis' lead in the process.  



In addition to earning her second hit of the day, Castello also recorded her team-high third RBI of the morning; also leading the team with three RBI was Guidry, who also finished 3-for-4 and scored twice. 

Against Robert Morris, it was Kelly Zboralske and Guidry who helped UC Davis hand the Colonials their fourth consecutive loss by scoring a run in the first and sixth innings en route to a 2-1 triumph. 

Initially reaching base on a fielder's choice, Jasmine Lee advanced another 60 feet on an Amy Nunez single to center, then trotted home when Zboralske slammed a double to left center. 

After Robert Morris tied the score at one apiece in the top of the fifth on a solo home run, UC Davis broke the tie for good when a single to left field from Guidry enabled Warner to score the game-winning run.

Warner entered the game to run for Lauren Saunders who opened action in the Aggies' half of the sixth by reaching base on a hit by pitch.

Also aiding the Aggies were stellar pitching performances by starter Marissa Chapa, who threw five full innings in her inaugural appearance of the season, and Leah Munden.

Penciled in the starting lineup by head coach Karen Yoder, Chapa validated her decision by giving up only four hits to Robert Morris in her first career start. Were it not for one swing of the bat, Chapa would have also picked up her first win of the season.  

Entering the game in relief, Munden struck out two and no-hit the Colonials throughout her two innings in the circle to collect her inaugural victory of 2014. 

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