Aggies Down Fordham Before Loss To No. 6 Sooners

Heathern Zimmerman had a two-run home run in game one

Feb. 23, 2012

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team took a 6-2 win over Fordham before dropping a 10-0 contest to No. 6 Oklahoma Friday on the opening day at the Cathedral City Classic.

Megan Guzman led the Aggies at the plate, going 4 for 4 in game one with two runs scored and a RBI. UC Davis couldn't get much going in game two, registering just two hits in the five-inning loss.  

The Aggies moved to 5-9 on the season while Fordham dropped to 2-3 and Oklahoma improved to 8-1.

In game one, the Aggies never trailed and posted 10 hits as a team from seven separate players. Justine Vela picked up the win after throwing five innings of relief, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out six.

UC Davis started the game with two runs in the top of the first, using two hits and a walk for an early advantage. Cassandra Ginnis had a lead-off walk followed by a Guzman single to put two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt from Kelly Schulze advanced the runners before Rachel Miller had a timely hit, sending a two-RBI single to center field.

The Aggies added to their early lead with two more runs in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead. Following a lead-off walk from Miller, Heather Zimmerman sent out a two-run home run to center field, her first long ball of the season.

Fordham managed to answer in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Jamie LaBovick had a lead-off home run to left field, followed by a Nicole Callahan double and Gabby Luety RBI single, making the score 4-2.

After Jessica Thweatt faced two batters in the third, Vela took over and allowed no hits or walks in the final four innings. The only base runner in that time reached on an error in the bottom of the sixth but never advanced into scoring position.

UC Davis provided two insurance runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two hits in the innings. Guzman and Schulze each posted RBI doubles to put the Aggies on top 6-2.

Vela added three strikeouts in the final two innings to help wrap up the victory, improving to 3-3 on the season. Jen Mineau took the loss to drop to 2-2 after tossing three innings and allowing five hits and four earned runs.

Game One Box

In game two, Oklahoma managed to score first in the top of the third, using a walk, double and sacrifice fly. Brittany Williams received credit for the RBI to give the Sooners a 1-0 advantage.

Oklahoma opened the game up in the top of the fourth, scoring six runs on two hits and one error. Destinee Martinez had a RBI hit to score the first run, before three walks and an error added five more. Vela was charged with the first five runs, four of which were earned. Thweatt came in to record the final two outs of the inning despite allowing two walks, making the score 7-0.

The Sooners managed to end the game early in the fifth, adding three more runs on four hits. Lauren Chamberlain had a sacrifice fly to score the first run, followed by a triple for Jessica Shultz to score another. Katie Norris added the final run for Oklahoma, sending a RBI single to left field to make the score 10-0.

The Aggies had hits in the first and third innings but couldn't move any runners into scoring position in that time. The best scoring opportunity for UC Davis came in the bottom of the fifth, with Felicia Baldwin reaching on an error and advancing to second on a wild pitch. The Sooners managed to close out the shutout however, using a groundout to seal the win.

Michelle Gascoigne earned the win after tossing 4.2 innings and allowing just two hits while striking out eight. Vela took the loss and moved to 3-4 on the season after tossing 3.1 innings and giving up five earned runs on four hits and six walks.

Game Two Box

UC Davis will continue to face some of the top teams in the nation tomorrow, taking on No. 11 Missouri at 8:30 p.m.