Aggies swept on day one at Mary Nutter Classic

Feb. 23, 2018

Box Score

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — Freshman Riley Siegel and sophomore Isabella Leon each collected a pair of hits on the day, but the Aggies’ offense struggled, falling to No. 11 Tennessee and Liberty by the scores of 7-0 and 4-1, respectively, on Friday evening at the 2018 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

After winning four straight, UC Davis fell to 7-6 overall on the season, while the Volunteers improved to 13-1 and the Flames moved to 10-2 overall. The Aggies continue tournament play on Saturday (Feb. 24) with a single game at 9:30 a.m., taking on No. 18/16 Oklahoma State in their only game of the day.

Leon finished 2-for-4 and was on base three times, while freshman Alyse Rojas extended her hitting streak to nine games with a third-inning single, but the Aggies could not solve nationally ranked Tennessee for the second time this season, falling 7-0 in their tournament opener.

Rojas’ nine-game streak (which was eventually snapped in the nightcap against Liberty) is the longest by an Aggie since Christa Castello hit safely in 11 consecutive games last season.

The Volunteers scored in five of the six innings on the day, taking the lead for good on an RBI single by Chelsea Seggern and a sacrifice fly by Scarlet McSwain for a 2-0 lead in the first. Tennessee tacked on a single run in the second, two more in the third, and a run each in the fourth and sixth frames en route to the win.

Sophomore Marisa Given added a first-inning single, but UC Davis could not take advantage of nine runners left on base for the game, leaving five in scoring position with the help of a walk, two hit batters, and three Volunteer errors.

Siegel slugged her first career home run, a shot over the fence in left field to break up the shutout, but Liberty scored two runs each in the second and third innings en route to the 4-1 victory in the nightcap.

A two-run single by Kaitlin McFarland broke open the scoring for the Flames with one out in the second, but UC Davis pulled a run back on Siegel’s one-out blast in the bottom of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. Sarah Robertson’s two-run double with two outs in the third extended Liberty’s lead and the Flames retired 14 of 16 batters following Siegel’s home run, allowing only three hits the rest of the way.

The Aggies put together a rally in the seventh with one out as Siegel singled, Caroline Figueroa followed with a fielder’s choice and went first-to-third on a single to right centerfield by Aly Gomonet. Julia DiMartino (6-1) wriggled off the hook, however, working the count full before getting a swinging strikeout to end the game.

Freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez (5-2) suffered the loss, allowing four earned on eight hits and striking out seven in the complete-game effort, but did well to strand 11 Flames on base for the game to limit the damage — seven of those in scoring position. DiMartino allowed the single run on four hits, striking out eight to earn the win.

With a fourth-inning single, senior Ashley Lotoszynski has now reached base safely in each of her last eight games, while Leon (walk in the sixth) and Gomonet (single in the seventh) extended their reached base safely streaks to seven straight.

#11 Tennessee 7, UC Davis 0 (Feb 23, 2018 at Cathedral City, Calif.)
UC Davis............ 000 000 0 -  0  4  1      (7-5)
Tennessee........... 212 101 X -  7 11  3      (13-1)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Kibby, Katie; Cadona, Sara (6) and Villalobos, Alexis. Tennessee - Matty Moss; Caylan Arnold (4) and Abby Lockman.
Win - Matty Moss (7-1)  Loss - Kibby, Katie (1-2)  T-1:50  A-245

Liberty 4, UC Davis 1 (Feb 23, 2018 at Cathedral City, CA)
Liberty............. 022 000 0 -  4  8  0      (10-2)
UC Davis............ 010 000 0 -  1  4  1      (7-6)
Pitchers: Liberty - DIMARTINO, Julia and MCFARLAND, Kaitlin. UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley.
Win - DIMARTINO, Julia (6-1)  Loss - Yanez, Brooke (5-2)  T-1:56  A-101
HR UCD - Siegel, Riley (1)
Weather: 60 degrees, breezy

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