Aggies upset Bulldogs to close day one in Fresno

Feb. 16, 2018

Box Score - Pacific | Box Score - Fresno State

FRESNO, Calif. -- Freshman Brooke Yanez fired a one-hit shutout and the UC Davis softball team plated single runs in the second and seventh innings on Friday night, lifting them to a 2-0 victory over host Fresno State and split of its day one games at the 2018 Bulldog Classic at Margie Wright Diamond in Fresno, Calif.

The Aggies, who fell to Pacific by the score of 9-6 earlier in the day, evened their record at 4-4 overall on the year, upsetting a Bulldogs' squad that entered the week receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA coaches poll and picking off their first-ever win in 12 tries against Fresno State in the history of the series.

Senior Ashley Lotoszynski finished 5-for-8 (.625) at the plate to lead the offense, smacking a pair of doubles, scoring twice, and driving in three -- the latter giving her 74 career RBI and moving her past Christa Castello for the program's Division I career record.

Four other players finished with multiple hits on the day, four of those off the bat of sophomore Marisa Given, while sophomore Isabella Leon added a pair of hits and scored three times.

Tournament play continues on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 9 a.m. as the Aggies take on CSU Bakersfield, before returning to the diamond to meet Saint Mary's at 2 p.m.

The Aggies rallied back from an early three-run deficit and took a one-run lead into the sixth inning of Friday's Bulldog Classic opener against Pacific, but the Tigers unloaded for four runs in the top of the sixth to hand UC Davis a, 9-6, defeat.

Freshman Alyse Rojas, senior Ashley Lotoszynski, and sophomore Marisa Given, combined for six of the team's eight hits and drove in four, but it wasn't enough as a two-run home run by Pacific's Sydney Lahners -- her second of the day to cap a 3-for-3 effort at the plate -- and a two-run double by Rachel Sellers, gave the Tigers the lead for good.

Lotoszynski's first RBI of the day, a double in the third, tied Christa Castello's Division I program record for career RBI with 72, and put her among the all-time top 10 in career doubles with 27. The agriculture and environmental education major then grabbed the Division I RBI record all for herself in the fourth with a single to left, giving the Aggies a, 6-5, advantage.

Lahners' first home run of the day -- a two-run shot in the first -- staked Pacific to the early lead, but UC Davis pulled a run back in its half of the inning with the help of a pair of errors to make it a one-run game. The Tigers posted single runs in the second and third innings to extend their advantage, but the Aggies rallied back once again on Lotoszynski's double and a two-run single by Given to make it 4-all.

A sacrifice fly in the fourth regained the lead for Pacific, but it was short-lived as Isabella Leon doubled to left-center to tie the game, preceding Lotoszynski's run-scoring single that set the stage for the Tigers' winning rally two innings later.

Sophomore Sara Cadona (0-1) suffered the loss in relief of starter Katie Kibby, allowing five runs on eight hits over three innings of work. Sophomore Frankie Mendoza kept her team close, tossing an inning and a third of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits and striking out two extending her scoreless innings streak to eight.

Megan Walters (2-1) earned the win in relief for the Tigers, throwing three scoreless innings without allowing a hit, walking one and striking out a pair.

Freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez allowed only an infield single to Savannah McHellon in the bottom of the first inning, working around four walks and striking out six on the day en route to her first career shutout.

Yanez (3-1) went the distance for the fourth time in four starts this season, getting some help from her defense to strand seven Bulldogs on base for the game -- four of those in scoring position, including runners at second and third with only one out in the bottom of the seventh.

It was the best performance for an Aggie hurler since Katie Kibby one-hit Long Beach State on the road in a, 5-0, UC Davis victory back on April 9, 2017. It was the fifth one-hitter in the program's Division I history dating back to the 2008 season -- a period that includes no-hitters against Utah Valley (March 5, 2011) and Idaho State (March 11, 2012).

Lotoszynski got the scoring started in the second, leading off the inning with a single and moving up 60 feet on Given's single to put a pair on. Freshman Riley Siegel then reached on an infield single to load the bases for Marissa Jauregui, whose fielder's choice was enough to bring Lotoszynski home for the 1-0 lead.

UC Davis had its chances to break the game wide open, but stranded 11 runners on base for the game -- six of those in scoring position, including the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. It remaining a one-run game until the seventh when Leon was hit by a pitch by starter Danielle East (3-2) to lead-off the frame.

Samantha Mejia entered in relief to face Lotoszynski, but the Aggie senior laced a 1-2 pitch into centerfield for a double, easily scoring Leon from first for the 2-0 lead.

That set up a stress-filled seventh for the UC Davis defense as a pair of walks and two wild pitches put two in scoring position for Fresno State, but Yanez struck out Dominique Jackson for out number two, and induced Miranda Rohleder into a fly ball to right to end the game.

Lotoszynski finished with a game-high three hits to pace both offenses, while freshman Aly Gomonet and Given added two hits apiece, leading the Aggies to their second double-digit hit performance as a team this season (14 vs. UTEP on Feb. 11).

Pacific 9, UC Davis 6 (Feb 16, 2018 at Fresno, Calif.)
Pacific............. 211 104 0 -  9 14  2      (5-2)
UC Davis............ 103 200 0 -  6  8  1      (3-3)
Pitchers: Pacific - REED; WALTERS(5) and SELLERS. UC Davis - Kibby, Katie; Cadona, Sara (3);
Mendoza, Frankie (6) and Villalobos, Alexis.
Win - WALTERS (2-1)  Loss - Cadona, Sara (0-1)  T-2:11  A-151
Weather: 62, Sunny

UC Davis 2, Fresno State 0 (Feb 16, 2018 at Fresno, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 010 000 1 -  2 10  0      (4-3)
Fresno State........ 000 000 0 -  0  1  0      (4-3)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley. Fresno State - EAST, Danielle;
MEJIA, Samantha (7) and BRODNER, Emily.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (3-1)  Loss - EAST, Danielle (3-2)  T-2:07  A-1105
Weather: clear, cool
EAST, D. faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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