Feb. 17, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - UC Davis competed in two non-conference games at Smith Family Field in the final day of the Stanford Nike Invitational, easily defeating Santa Clara 14-1 before dropping the tournament finale against No. 20 Stanford by an 8-0 score.
UC Davis is now 5-5 after its weekend in Stanford, Calif., Santa Clara falls to 0-6 with Stanford improving to 10-2.
In their first game of the day against the Santa Clara Broncos, two scoreless innings passed before UC Davis took an early 1-0 lead in its half of the third inning.
Entering the game as a pinch runner after Caitlin Voss drew an inning-opening walk, Megan Guzman was the first to touch home plate. Advancing to second after Chandler Wagner was hit by a pitch, and third on Jasmine Lee’s sacrifice bunt, Guzman covered the final 60 feet on one of five Santa Clara miscues committed throughout the afternoon.
As close as the teams were on the scoreboard throughout the first half of the game, the events that took place throughout the latter half were anything but as the Aggies plated 13 runs throughout the final three earnings to earn their win after six innings.
Falling one batter shy of batting their way through the entire lineup, the Aggies’ half of the fourth saw UC Davis extend its initial 1-0 lead by another four runs.
Punctuated by Krista Bava’s double to left center that drove in two runs, Wagner and Cat Guidry each earned an RBI with a double to the gap in left center and single to Santa Clara’s shortstop respectively.
Responding to UC Davis’s offensive outburst by scoring their lone run of the game in the bottom half of the inning, the Broncos also chose switch pitchers when UC Davis took its swings the following inning to keep their deficit at a manageable margin.
Regardless of who was in the circle, UC Davis continued to stay aggressive at the plate as another eight Aggies took their swings against Santa Clara reliever Jessica Turner before returning to the field.
One of two Aggies to earn their first RBI of the season, Voss drove in one of her team’s three runs in its half of the fifth when her single to right allowed Christina Guidry to score.
Ch. Guidry was the first UC Davis player to reach base safely after being hit by a pitch.
Christa Castello also earned her first RBI of the year in UC Davis’ half of the sixth, scoring Amy Nunez, who opened the inning on a four-pitch walk, with her single to left.
UC Davis put the game out of reach when the 323 fans in attendance saw Wagner drive in another two runs on her second triple of the season, and score on the very next at-bat off a single from C. Guidry.
Kelly Schulze posted the final runs for UC Davis two batters later when her double to right turned what was a 12-1 Aggie advantage into the game’s final score.
Of the four extra-base hits recorded during Sunday’s rematch, all were earned by UC Davis.
The Aggies opened their slate of games at the Invitational by defeating Santa Clara 7-2 the previous day.
Squaring-off against its second nationally-ranked team in the last five days, the Aggies competed against No. 9 Cal in last Wednesday’s home opener, UC Davis experienced a different situation at the plate against No. 20 Stanford in the tournament finale.
Responsible for 14 runs the previous game, UC Davis was unable to score against a Stanford squad that lost to the Aggies in Davis last season, and were losing in 2012’s return match before inclement weather forced that action to end prior to reaching the threshold of innings needed for a game to become official.
Able to remain within striking distance after Stanford scored two runs in its half of the fourth, and another in the fifth, a five-run sixth inning brought a premature end to the Aggies’ day.
Lee was the only Aggie batter to earn a hit off Stanford starter Kelsey Stevens and was one of three batters to reach base safely for UC Davis.
Schulze earned a free pass after being hit by a pitch for the second time in as many games, C. Guidry. reached first on a Stanford error.
UC Davis starter Justine Vela only allowed three hits and struckout three Cardinal batters throughout her 3.2 innings pitched.