Feb. 16, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - UC Davis earned a split of its first two games at the Stanford Nike Invitational in Stanford, Calif., by defeating the Santa Clara Broncos 7-2 Saturday afternoon before falling 2-0 to the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in the final game of the second day of action at Smith Family Stadium.
The Aggies enter day two of the event with a 4-4 overall record, and will face Santa Clara once again at 12:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon before competing in the final game of the tournament against Stanford at 2:30 p.m. Live stats for both games are available at the Tournament Central link provided above or ucdavisaggies.com.
Game One - Santa Clara vs. UC Davis
After a scoreless first inning, UC Davis put four on the scoreboard in the following frame to jump out to an early, and sizable lead over Santa Clara.
Nearly sending all nine batters to the plate throughout that inning, what began with a leadoff walk by Kayla Tyler turned into a two-hit, four-run scoring opportunity that created a lead large enough to help UC Davis starter Justine Vela earn her second win of the season.
That second inning also provided UC Davis with an opportunity to showcase its speed on the basepaths as the Aggies stole two of their five bases on one play.
Earning a free pass to first on her six-pitch battle against Santa Clara starter Carissa Theis, Kelly Schulze stepped aside to allow teammate Gretchen Diekman to pinch run for her. Advancing to third after Cassandra Ginnis reached base safely on a Santa Clara error, the pair combined efforts to pull off a rare double steal.
Shortly after Ginnis made her break towards second, ultimately earning her first stolen base of the season, Diekman dashed towards home to score the penultimate run of the frame.
Ginnis' contributions were not jut limited to that inning as her double to left field in the third allowed both Castello and Christina Guidry to score the final two runs of the game for UC Davis.
Guidry started the Aggies' scoring effort by drawing the second of back-to-back walks, Castello reached on a fielder's choice shortly thereafter.
Tyler, who started the inning with a leadoff walk, eventually advanced her way around the diamond to score on Schulze's sacrifice fly to right field.
Both Lee and Castello ended Gm. 1 with matching 2-for-3 efforts at the plate, with the former recording one RBI and the latter responsible for scoring two of the Aggies' seven runs.
Game Two - UC Davis vs. CSU Bakersfield
As explosive as UC Davis' bats were throughout its inaugural game of the tournament, the Aggies were only able to post three hits against 'Runners starter Kelsie Monroe.
In addition to Chandler Wagoner who reached base safely in the third inning on a bunt, Amy Nunez and Lee also reached base safely with singles hit in the fifth and sixth innings.
Competing in her first game in a UC Davis uniform, Cat Guidry entered the game in the fifth inning to pinch run for Nunez and wasted no time in making an impact for the Aggies when she stole second base to place herself into scoring position.
Unlike the events that took place earlier in the day against Santa Clara, UC Davis found itself in the middle of a highly-competitive pitcher's duel between Monroe and Aggie starter Jessica Thweatt.
Against only one walk, Thweatt fanned seven Bakersfield batters and only allowed one earned run throughout her 5.1 innings in the circle.
Saturday's contest was the first of three scheduled meetings between the Aggies and the Roadrunners, UC Davis will look to avenge Saturday's result in a non-conference doubleheader on March 16, in Bakersfield.