Aggies Split In Day One At San Diego Tourney

Justine Vela held UCF hitless for five innings of relief on Friday

Feb. 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team dropped a 7-1 contest to No. 8 UCLA before bouncing back with a 6-4 win over Central Florida on Friday in the opening day of the Campbell Cartier Classic, co-hosted by San Diego and San Diego State.

Rachel Miller recorded her second home run of the season for the Aggies in game two, sending out a three-run shot as part of a 10-hit game for UC Davis. The Aggies had their best offensive outing of the season, combining for 17 hits on the day led by Cassandra Ginnis with four hits, one run scored and one RBI.

With the split UC Davis moved to 3-5 on the season, while UCLA stayed perfect at 6-0 and UCF fell to 4-2. Freshman pitcher Justine Vela also picked up her first win as an Aggie, tossing five hitless inning of relief while striking out seven and walking just one batter.

In the first game against No. 8 UCLA, UC Davis hung with the Bruins up until the seventh inning where they added four runs for a six-run cushion. The Aggies managed seven hits in the game but stranded nine runners on base in the 7-1 loss.

Jessica Thweatt started in the circle for the Aggies, trying to carry over momentum from a strong outing against Stanford. UCLA started the game with a lead-off double from Katie Schroeder before two walks loaded the bases with no outs. Thweatt managed to get out of trouble however, registering back-to-back strikeouts and a pop up.

UC Davis also couldn't take advantage of a lead-off hit in the bottom of the second after Chandler Wagner singled to right center. Another single from Kelly Harman put two on with one out but the Aggies stranded both runners with two groundouts.

The Bruins reached the scoreboard first in the top of the third, using three hits to score two runs for an early 2-0 advantage. Andrea Harrison had a solo home run before another run crossed the plate on a fielder's choice. UCLA tacked on a third run in the fourth thanks to another solo home run from Ally Carda.

UC Davis cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth, answering with a Harman single and Ginnis RBI double, making the score 3-1. The Aggies had a hit in each of the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't add any more offense, stranding two on base.

The Bruins were able to gain some distance in the top of the seventh, using five hits to score four runs. Carda had a two-RBI double before a double steal and walk provided the next two runs, bringing the final score to 7-1.

Jessica Hall picked up the win for UCLA, throwing a complete game and allowing one run and striking out seven. Thweatt took the loss for UC Davis after lasting three innings, allowing six hits and three runs. Vela threw 3.1 innings of relief and accounted for three runs, while Kasie Cochran and Melanie Russell each tossed a third of an inning.

Game One Box Score

In game two against the Knights, the Aggies got their offense started early and often after a scoreless first frame.

The Aggies reached the scoreboard first in the top of the second, taking advantage of two errors and two hits. Wagner reached on an error and Amy Nunez provided an RBI single to right field to do the damage.

UC Davis poured in three more runs in the top of the third thanks to Miller's three-run dinger. The Aggies were able to turn another UCF miscue into runs, as JJ Wagoner started the inning by reaching on an error. Ginnis and Megan Guzman added singles despite a double play in the inning, before Miller put UC Davis on top 4-0.

The Knights were able to answer in the bottom of the fourth however, evening the score after four runs on four hits and an error. Lindsay Selmer and Danielle Brewer had RBI hits before a wild pitch evened the score at 4-4.

Vela took over in the circle for the Aggies in the third and was untouchable for the remainder of the game. Seven of the 16 batters she faced went down on strikes after no hits and just one walk.

UC Davis didn't have another scoring opportunity until the seventh inning, where they posted the go-ahead runs en route to the win. The Aggies started the frame with three consecutive singles from Kylie Fan, Wagonr and Ginnis. Kelly Schulze had a clutch double down the right field line to put UC Davis on top for good with a 6-4 score.

Vela closed out the game with two more strikeouts in the seventh for good measure to seal the win. A Schmidt took the loss for the Knights after allowing 10 hits and two earned runs in a complete game.

Game Two Box Score

The Aggies will be back in action tomorrow playing a single game against the host school San Diego State at 3:30 p.m.