Feb. 23, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A two-out single from Chandler Wagner in the bottom of the third provided the only run scored in UC Davis's second game of the day at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., a lead the Aggies preserved in its 1-0 victory over No. 17/14 USF.
The win improves UC Davis' record to 6-8 while South Florida falls to 6-7.
Aggie shortstop Christa Castello drew the only free pass off Bulls' starter Erica Nunn when she opened action in the bottom of the third with a leadoff walk.
From that point until UC Davis took the field the following inning, the Aggies' execution at the plate mirrored that of the top programs in the nation.
Castello advanced to from first to second when designated player Janelle Gusiff dropped a perfectly placed bunt, forcing USF to make a throw to first to record the first out of the inning - its only option available on that play.
When Wagner's single squirted through the middle of the infield into center, Castello provided the crowd in attendance at the Eddie C Moore Complex a glimpse of the speed that is prevalent throughout the Aggies' roster as she sprinted home from second to score the only run of the game.
Possessing a 1-0 lead, UC Davis starter Justine Vela kept the Bulls at bay throughout the remaining four innings, striking out 12 batters to record a complete-game shutout.
Earning her third win of the season in the process, Vela allowed only one Bull to reach second base all afternoon, an occasion that took place in the top of the third when USF shortstop Kourtney Salvarola hit a double to left center.
No USF player placed herself in scoring position for the rest of the game as the Bulls could only record three hits, all singles, off the Aggies' ace once UC Davis took the lead.
UC Davis' win over USF took place in the back-half of a Saturday schedule that featured two nationally-ranked opponents; beginning their day against No. 15/15 Michigan, the Aggies dropped that contest to the Wolverines by a 6-0 score after being held to only one hit.
Action from the NFCA Leadoff Classic will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 24, with games against Illinois State (6:30 a.m. PT) and Fordham (8:30 a.m. PT).