Feb. 18, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Amy Nunez drove in a run for UC Davis in the bottom of the third in Tuesday's non-conference game at La Rue Field to trim No. 13/11 Stanford's lead to a 3-1 margin. A seven-run fifth inning for the Cardinal brought a sudden end to the game as the Aggies fell 10-1 in five frames.
UC Davis will arrive to Cathedral City, Calif., site of this weekend's Mary Nutter Classic, with a 4-9 record; Stanford will enter that same event with a 12-0 mark.
Beginning with five games at the Collegiate Classic, the Aggies' next 17 games will take place on the road. Also included in this block of games are four games at the Santa Clara Marriott Classic (hosted by Santa Clara), a road game at Sacramento State, another three games at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic (Stanford) before ending its road swing with another four tournament games at the Wolf Pack Classic (Nevada).
UC Davis will not return to La Rue Field until March 26 for its twinbill against Saint Mary's.
In Tuesday's home game, it was the Cardinal who scored first by plating three in their half of the third. Before that inning ended, UC Davis trimmed Stanford's lead to two when Nunez doubled to right to drive in Christa Castello.
Castello started the Aggies' scoring opportunity when the first pitch thrown in the inning plunked her. Advancing to second on a passed ball, the sophomore shortstop easily scored on Nunez' team-high second hit of the afternoon.
Jasmine Lee was responsible for the other hit when she reached base on a single to center.
The score remained 3-1 in Stanford's favor until the fifth inning began-one that saw Stanford send 11 batters to the plate. Within one-half on an inning, the Aggies' two-run deficit grew by seven due to four Cardinal hits and four Aggie miscues.
UC Davis will open action in Cathedral City on Friday, Feb. 21, against Syracuse (10 a.m.), and No. 22/24 Notre Dame (12:30 p.m.). That day's matchup against the Fighting Irish is the first since the Aggies recorded a 5-4 victory at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., last season.
A rematch against UNLV (2/22) is the lone game on UC Davis Saturday slate; before returning to Davis, the Aggies will face LIU Brooklyn (9 a.m.) and No. 6/8 Oregon (11:30 a.m.) Sunday morning.
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