Feb. 23, 2014
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - - Amy Nunez had two hits and knocked in three runs on Sunday morning as the UC Davis softball team beat LIU-Brooklyn 4-1 at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, while Christa Castillo had a pair of hits in the Aggies' 8-0 loss to No. 6 Oregon.
The split leaves UC Davis' overall record at 5-13 while LIU-Brooklyn moved to 4-9 and the highly ranked Ducks improved to 14-1. Relief pitcher Leah Munden went 3-1/3 innings to pick up the win for the Aggies.
Nunez struck with an RBI single to center field in the first inning against Brooklyn, scoring Brianna Warner who had reached on an infield single before stealing second. UC Davis tacked on another run in the third inning, thanks to a one-out triple to right by Kelly Zboralske that gave the Aggies a runner in scoring position. Chandler Wagner followed with a sac bunt two batters later, scoring pinch-runner Cat Guidry.
Nunez came through again in the fourth inning, picking up a two-out single to center that plated Alicia Paine and Krista Bava and put UC Davis in front, 4-0. Paine led off the inning with a double to right-center while Bava followed with a walk. Christa Castello then sacrificed them into scoring position.
Starter Dana Cruse pitched 3-2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and one run. She had two strikeouts and walked four. Munden earned the winning while giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Paine had two hits in the game for UC Davis which had seven overall and also played error-free defense.
Munden took the start for the Aggies against Oregon, holding it scoreless for the first two innings. Janie Takeda helped the Ducks get on the scoreboard in the third, opening with a triple before scoring on Alexa Peterson's sacrifice fly.
Takeda's two-run double in the fourth pushed the lead to 4-0 and Oregon held UC Davis without a run the rest of the way. Munden suffered the loss, falling to 2-5. Castello had two of the Aggies' three hits. The defense once again did not commit an error.
The Aggies will return to action on Saturday at the Santa Clara Marriott Classic. They'll face Santa Clara (noon) and Boston University (10 a.m.) on the first day before facing Boston again and Seattle University on Sunday.