Feb. 20, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UC Davis scored three runs in the third inning and held off Portland State, 3-2, in a non-conference softball game Saturday to begin the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles. Sarah Axelson drove in two runs for the Aggies, and freshman hurler Dana Waldusky picked up a complete-game victory. In the team's final game, No. 7 UCLA defeated the Aggies, 8-0, in six innings.
The Aggies did their damage against PSU in the third with a combination of speed and timely hitting. Megan Guzman reached on a fielder's choice with one out and, after a pair of stolen bases, advanced to third with two outs. Elizabeth Santana followed with an RBI-single to put UC Davis up 1-0. Next up was Axelson, who delivered a two-run single to increase the lead to 3-0.
It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when Danielle Lynn blasted a two-run homer with no outs to bring the Vikings within 3-2. PSU then put the next two batters on, but Waldusky shut the door with a sacrifice bunt, a pop up and a fly out to end the threat.
The Vikings would threaten again in the sixth with runners on first and second and one out. Waldusky again pitched out of trouble by forcing back-to-back groundouts to preserve the one-run lead. In the top of the seventh, the Vikings had a runner at second with one out but again failed to score when Waldusky struck out Becca Diede and retired Lacy Holm on a groundout.
Waldusky scattered 10 hits but only allowed the two runs. She struck out five and walked three. In all, Portland State outhit UC Davis, 10-5. Kelly Harman and Jessica Gonzalez each had a double. Espiritu, Santana and Guzman scored the Aggies' runs.
Juli Burney and Dani Yudin each homered for the Bruins in the late afternoon match-up. UCLA scored twice in the first and five times in the third before plating their final run in the sixth. Alex Holmes had a double while Michelle Espiritu and Santana each singled to account for the team's three hits.
UC Davis (6-3) is next in action Wednesday when it hosts Santa Clara in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.