Feb. 21, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Justine Vela had 15 strikeouts in a complete game win, helping the UC Davis softball team to a 3-2 victory over Santa Clara on Tuesday at the PAL Stadium in San Jose.
The Aggies had two hits from both Cassandra Ginnis and Kelly Schulze taking the lead for good after a two-run fifth inning. UC Davis improved to 4-8 on the season while the Broncos dropped their ninth straight and fell to 1-10.
UC Davis left 10 runners on base but had enough offense behind Vela to hold on for the win. The freshman right-hander earned her second victory of the season after allowing six hits and walking two batters.
There were three scoreless innings to start the game, as Vela combined to retire eight Santa Clara batters on strikes in that time.
The Aggies reached the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out after a hit-by-pitch and two walks. Despite a groundout to end the inning, UC Davis was able to take a 1-0 advantage.
The Broncos managed to answer in the bottom of the inning, evening the score at 1-1. Following a Kelly Scribner singles, Breezy Bernard had a RBI double to left center to score the equalizer.
The Aggies continued their offense into the fifth inning, where they scored two runs on three hits and one error. Ginnis started a two-out rally with an infield single to the pitcher. After an Allison Smith walk, Schulz and Kayla Tyler had back-to-back RBI singles to give UC Davis a 3-1 advantage.
Santa Clara cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run from Stephanie Fisher but the offense wasn't enough, as the Aggie defense held on for the win. Vela struck out the side in the sixth inning and added two more in the seventh to help seal the 3-2 victory.
Jessica Turner picked up the loss for Santa Clara and dropped to 0-4 on the season after allowing five hits and three earned runs.
UC Davis will get back into tournament play this weekend, playing five games over three days at the Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
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