Aggies sweep on day two of Bulldog Classic

Feb. 17, 2018

Box Score - CSU Bakersfield | Box Score - Saint Mary's

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis freshman Alyse Rojas finished with seven hits in eight at-bats, while senior Ashley Lotoszynski drove in three runs in game two of the day, lifting the UC Davis softball team to a sweep of CSU Bakersfield and Saint Mary's by the scores of 7-3 and 4-1, respectively, on day two of the Bulldog Classic at Margie Wright Stadium in Fresno, Calif.

The victories improved the Aggies to 6-4 overall on the year, and 3-1 in the tournament, heading into their weekend finale on Sunday morning (Feb. 18) at 9 a.m. against Pacific. UC Davis has won three straight overall for the team's longest winning streak since the Aggies won seven straight from March 12-19 last season. The Roadrunners fell to 0-8 overall with their game one loss, while the Gaels fell to 0-7.

Rojas extended her team-best hitting streak to seven consecutive games with her stellar performance at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 in the opener to post the most hits in a game by a UC Davis hitter since Brianna Warner finished 4-for-4 in the opener of a three-game series with CSUN on May 12, 2017.

Meanwhile, Lotoszynski, who set the program's Division I record for career RBI on Friday, continued to drive home runs, collecting three of the team's four RBI in the win over Saint Mary's to bring her team-high total to 10, matching teammate Isabella Leon for the lead.

Freshman Alyse Rojas' double in the fifth tied the game at three all and the Aggies' bats exploded for four runs in the sixth to pull away, lifting UC Davis to a 7-3 victory over future Big West Conference rival CSU Bakersfield in the opening game of the day.

Trailing by a run after the Roadrunners had erased an early 2-0 UC Davis lead, freshman Aly Gomonet singled to lead-off the fifth -- one of her two hits on the day -- and was brought home just three pitches later when Rojas, who finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored, smacked a 2-0 pitch to the gap in right centerfield to tie the game.

After stranding the tying run at third in the home half of the fifth, the Aggies then put the game away in the sixth as back-to-back singles by Caroline Figueroa and Riley Siegel led-off the inning and both advanced 60 feet on a Maddie Rojas sacrifice bunt. That brought up junior Marissa Jauregui, whose ground ball to the right side was enough to plate Figueroa for the go-ahead run.

UC Davis wasn't done, however, as Gomonet followed with a single through the right side to drive home another, and Isabella Leon came up big two batters later with a double to the gap in left center for the final 7-3 advantage.

Fresh off a one-hit shutout of a receiving votes Fresno State squad to close out day one, freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez (4-1) earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out four over the final three innings, including stranding runners at second and third in the sixth and striking out the side in the bottom of seventh to leave the bases loaded full of Roadrunners.

Yanez extended her scoreless innings streak to 10.1 innings and the Ventura, Calif., native has not allowed an earned run over her last 27.2 innings dating back to the fifth inning of the season opener against South Dakota.

Frankie Mendoza, who earned the start circle and scattered five hits over 2.2 innings of work in the no decision, helped her own cause in the first with an RBI single, while an error later in the inning staked the Aggies to the early 2-0 lead.

However, Bakersfield rallied back with a run in the second on an RBI double by Julea Cavazos and two more in the third on a two-run home run by Chris Hipa to take the lead. Sophomore left-hander Sara Cadona then came on in relief and was solid, getting a fly ball to end the third and retiring the Roadrunners in order in the fourth on a ground ball and a pair of fly balls before giving way to Yanez in the fifth.

Summer Evans (0-6) suffered the loss for CSU Bakersfield, charged with all seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits while striking out one over 5.2 innings.

Newcomer Alyse Rojas followed up her four-hit effort in the opener with three more hits in the second game of the day, while senior Ashley Lotoszynski broke a one-all tie with an RBI single in the sixth, helping the Aggies to a 4-1 victory.

Sophomore right-hander Katie Kibby (1-1) went the distance for her first win of the season, allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out four without a walk -- only one of those hits coming after the fourth inning. Katlyn Whitt (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits while walking a pair.

Both teams opened the scoring with a run in the first as Lotoszynski's ground ball with runners at the corners allowed Rojas to scamper home from third, before Saint Mary's answered with a run on an RBI single by Hanna Chew -- one of her two hits on the day -- the tie things up at one apiece.

Both Kibby and Whitt matched one another zero for zero over the next three innings -- Kibby retiring seven in a row at one point during that run -- before UC Davis manufactured the go-ahead run in the fifth. Freshman Aly Gomonet walked with one out, moved to second on Rojas' single to right, and went to third when Isabella Leon's ground ball was thrown away to load the bases.

That brought up Lotoszynski, who took the second pitch she saw to left field, plating Gomonet with the eventual winning run and making it 2-0 in favor of the Aggies.

While Kibby kept the Gaels in check over the next two innings, UC Davis left a pair on in the sixth without scoring before finally cashing in for some breathing room in the seventh. Rojas doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a Leon ground ball to bring up Lotozszynski, who again rapped a 1-0 pitch through the left side to score Rojas and make it 3-1.

Maddie Rojas followed two batters later with an RBI triple to right field, easily scoring Lotoszynski all the way from first for the final 4-1 tally.

Saint Mary's was able to get a runner to third with two outs in the seventh on a Julia McCormack triple, but she was left there as Kibby induced a game-ending lineout to Lotoszynski at third.

UC Davis 7, CSU Bakersfield 3 (Feb 17, 2018 at Fresno, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 200 014 0 -  7 10  2      (5-4)
CSU Bakersfield..... 012 000 0 -  3  6  2      (0-8)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Mendoza, Frankie; Cadona, Sara (3); Yanez, Brooke (5) and Villalobos, Alexis; Siegel, Riley. CSU Bakersfield - Evans, Summer; Hitzel, Daryn (6) and Wiseman, Karah.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (4-1)  Loss - Evans, Summer (0-6)  T-2:30  A-130
HR CSUB - Hipa, Chris (1).
Weather: 52, Sunny

UC Davis 4, Saint Mary's 1 (Feb 17, 2018 at Fresno, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 100 010 2 -  4 10  0      (6-4)
Saint Mary's........ 100 000 0 -  1  4  2      (0-7)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Villalobos, Alexis. Saint Mary's - WHITT, Katlyn; PEREZ, Eileen (7) and CHEW, Hannah.
Win - Kibby, Katie (1-1)  Loss - WHITT, Katlyn (0-3)  T-1:48  A-144
Weather: 69, Sunny

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