Feb. 16, 2014
UC Davis will enter Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. home game against No. 15/17 Stanford with a 4-8 record, UCLA remains unbeaten at 10-0 with the result.
The Bruins were the first to take the lead on a sacrifice fly; their scoring opportunity ended abruptly on a heads-up play by UC Davis catcher Lauryn Saunders.
On that same play, the freshman noticed that Jessica Hall tried to catch the Aggies off-guard by advancing from second to third shortly after her teammate tagged-up and scampered home on the fly ball to right center. Immediately after she made a play at home in an attempt to record the back-half of a double play, she snapped a throw towards Kelly Zboralske at third-a throw that beat Hall to the bag at third to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, UC Davis scored its only run of the afternoon when Chandler Wagner won her head-to-head battle against Hall. On a five-pitch at-bat, the second baseman drew a base on balls that forced Christina Guidry home.
Entering as a pinch runner for Zboralske, who reached first on an eight-pitch walk, Guidry advanced to second when Saunders drew the second of three straight UC Davis walks; Bava completed the hat trick of free passes on her eight-pitch at-bat.
The Aggies’ sixth-inning run negated the effects of the Bruins second-inning score; the difference in Sunday’s game took place in UCLA’s half of the fourth. By hitting a grand slam, the Bruins took a (then) five-run lead before the Aggies trimmed it by one after its half of the sixth. That one swing ultimately served as the margin of victory for UCLA.
UC Davis will have nearly two days to prepare for its annual home matchup against Stanford, a team the Aggies have defeated at La Rue Field in the last two straight seasons.