Aggies Split On 1st Day Of UNLV Tourney

Trish Paine drove in a run against Seton Hall. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Trish Paine drove in a run against Seton Hall. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 15, 2008

UC Davis 4, Seton Hall 0
UTEP 8, UC Davis 2

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UC Davis split on the first day of action at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Aggies defeated Seton Hall, 4-0, in their first game as Michelle Espiritu had a two-run double. Jessica Hancock threw her second consecutive shutout to help lead the team. In its second game, UC Davis (4-3) was defeated by UTEP, 8-2. Friday's action was the first of five games on the weekend for the Aggies.

Against Seton Hall (0-1), the Aggies scored a run in both the second and third innings before plating two more in the fourth. In the top of the second, Deanna Menapace reached with one out after being hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on a groundout by Sarah O'Neill. With two outs, Trish Paine singled up the middle to drive in Menapace and make it 1-0.

With one out in the top of the third, Julie Stauder singled to center field. With Erin Emde batting, Stauder stole second and then came around to score on Emde's single up the middle. That gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead. The big blow came in the fourth when Espiritu doubled to left field to drive in Paine and Menapace to put UC Davis up 4-0.

Paine and Stauder each had two hits in the game. Hancock, who improved to 2-0, scattered three hits and stranded nine Pirates. She struck out five and walked five.

UTEP scored a run in the top of the first against Alex Holmes and added another in the fourth before the Aggies rallied to tie the score. Menapace had a one-out single to drive in Tracy Dean with the Aggies' first run. O'Neill followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2.



UTEP (6-2) responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to break the game open. Three of the runs were unearned. UTEP scored two more runs in the seventh to account for the final scoring.

UC Davis takes on Missouri and Wisconsin on Saturday.