Feb. 22, 2014
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - In the only UC Davis game on Saturday's schedule at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, UNLV scored twice in the second inning only to see the Aggies rebound with three of their own the bottom of the third. However, the Rebels scored six runs in the top of the fourth; that half inning gave UNLV the lead for good as the Aggies fell by an 11-4 score.
UC Davis win enter Sunday's doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn and No. 6/6 Oregon, its final games from Cathedral City, Calif., before heading back to Davis, with a 4-12 mark. Saturday's result pushes UNLV's overall record to 4-7.
Six different Aggies were responsible for the team's hits, but it was Jasmine Lee who drove in a team-high two RBI on her single to left in the bottom of the third. Scoring on Lee's hit that lifted UC Davis to a 3-2 lead were Christa Castello, who led off the inning with a hit by pitch and Christina Guidry, who pinch ran for Lauren Sunders after she reached base on a single.
The Aggies' one-run lead lasted until the Rebels returned to the plate the following frame-one that saw UNLV push six across the plate to take an 8-3 lead.
That half-inning ended up being the deciding factor in Saturday's game even though UC Davis responded to the Rebels' fourth-inning scoring spree as the game progressed.
By drawing a six-pitch walk to start the Aggies' half of the fourth, Caitlin Voss was able to help her team chip away at UNLV's lead with three innings still left to play.
Janelle Gusiff, who entered as a pinch runner for Voss, advanced to second on a Castello single that squirted through the left side of the infield, reached third when Brianna Warner hit a single of her own in the exact same manner as Castello, before scoring on a sacrifice fly to left hit by Amy Nunez.
An 8-4 score was as close as UC Davis was able to negating the effects of that fourth inning as the Rebels were able to score another run in the fifth and two more in the six to pull away for the win.
In their final games of the weekend, the Aggies will face LIU Brooklyn and No. 6 Oregon in back-to-back games scheduled for 9 and 11:30 a.m. respectively.