Feb. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nikki Sheldon hit a three-run home run and the Aggies had seven hits to defeat Southern Utah, 6-4, on day two of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. With the win, UC Davis improves to 2-1 at the tournament and on the season.
UC Davis starter Jessica Hancock (1-0) pitched four innings and allowed just two hits and no runs while walking just one batter.
The Aggies got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Trish Paine walked and stole second during Natalie Moss' at bat. Designated player Ashley Johnson drove in Paine with a two-out single to shallow left field to give UC Davis the early lead.
In the third, Paine led off the inning with a double to deep left center field and picked up her second stolen base when she successful stole third during Moss' at bat. Moss reached on an error by Southern Utah and Paine later scored on a successful squeeze bunt by Johnson. Nikki Sheldon then drove in Moss and pinch runner Tiffany Dueck with a home run over the left field fence to extend UC Davis' lead to 5-0.
The Aggies added to the lead in the fourth after and RBI triple by Ashley Johnson that scored Deanna Menapace, who had singled earlier in the inning. Southern Utah made a run in the seventh inning, scoring four runs on three hits and an error, but reliever Lauren Pieretti forced Lindi Kennedy to groundout for the third out and secure the victory.
UC Davis returns to action Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. vs. Colorado State.