Aggies shutout Tigers to close tournament play

Maddie Rojas finished with a pair of hits on Sunday against Pacific to help the Aggies shutout the Tigers. (Photo by Taylor Vincent)
Maddie Rojas finished with a pair of hits on Sunday against Pacific to help the Aggies shutout the Tigers. (Photo by Taylor Vincent)
Feb. 18, 2018

Box Score

FRESNO, Calif. — Freshman Alyse Rojas finished 2-for-3 to extend her team-best hitting streak to eight straight games, while freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez continued the torrid start to her collegiate career with a three-hit shutout, lifting UC Davis to a 3-0 win over Pacific to close out the 2018 Bulldog Classic on Sunday morning at Margie Wright Diamond in Fresno, Calif.

The win was the fourth straight for the Aggies, who improved to 7-4 overall and finished 4-1 in tournament play. The Tigers, who opened the tournament with a wild 9-6 win over UC Davis, fell to 6-4 on the year with Sunday’s defeat.

Yanez (5-1) went the distance for the fifth time this season and posted her second shutout of the weekend, striking out nine against only one walk in the win. The Ventura, Calif., native allowed doubles in the first and fourth innings, and a triple in the sixth, but stranded all three in scoring position, retiring nine in a row at one point in the contest.

She has not allowed a run in her last 17.1 innings of work, and has not allowed an earned run over her last 34.2 innings pitched dating back to the season opener against South Dakota. Yanez lowered her ERA to 0.18 on the year with Sunday’s performance, holding opposing hitters to a .165 average on the season.

The Aggies plated all the runs they would need as part of a three-run third inning as Rojas singled with runners at the corners and one out to make it 1-0, while an error on a ball hit by Ashley Lotoszynski allowed freshman Aly Gomonet to scamper home for a two-run advantage. Sophomore Frankie Mendoza then drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the very next plate appearance, scoring Rojas to cap the scoring.

Marissa Young (2-1) suffered the loss for the Tigers, who left four total runners on base for the game, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over 3.1 innings of work. Megan Walters finished the game, allowing just two hits over 2.2 innings of relief.

Maddie Rojas also finished with a pair of hits to go with a walk and a run scored to help lead the offense, while Isabella Leon, Lotoszynski, Marisa Given, and Riley Siegel, also added hits.

UC Davis returns to the diamond next weekend for five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., taking on Tennessee and San Diego State for a second time this season, while also facing Liberty, Oklahoma State, and St. John’s. Tournament play opens on Friday (Feb. 23) at 3 p.m., against the Volunteers, with a contest against the Flames to follow.

UC Davis 3, Pacific 0 (Feb 18, 2018 at Fresno, Calif.)
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Pacific............. 000 000 0 -  0  3  1      (6-4)
UC Davis............ 003 000 X -  3  8  0      (7-4)
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Pitchers: Pacific - YOUNG, M.; WALTERS(4) and SELLERS. UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (5-1)  Loss - YOUNG, M. (2-1)  T-1:45  A-101

Weather: 56, Sunny, Wind blowing in

SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.

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