CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- Freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez allowed a single hit while striking out a career-high 12 batters, while sophomore Maddie Rojas launched a two-run shot in the fourth to put the Aggies ahead for good, helping lift UC Davis to a, 3-1, upset of No. 18/16 Oklahoma State on day two of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
The Aggies, who defeated a pair of teams receiving votes in the national polls earlier this year, improved to 8-6 overall while posting their first victory over a nationally ranked team since edging then-No. 17 Stanford, 5-4, at home on May 1, 2013. The Cowgirls fell to 9-6 overall with the loss, limited to only four base runners on the day.
Yanez (6-2) went the distance, allowing only Taylor Lynch's RBI single in the third that staked Oklahoma State to the early, 1-0, advantage. She walked only two batters and hit one, while reaching double digits in strikeouts for the third time this season, surpassing her previous best of 11 set in the season opener against South Dakota on Feb. 9.
The Aggies responded just one inning later, rallying for the only two runs they would need. Freshman Riley Siegel led off the frame with a single to bring up Maddie Rojas, who fell behind in the count 0-2 before launching her first home run of the season -- and the third of her career -- over the fence in right field for a 2-1 advantage.
UC Davis tacked on another in the sixth for a little breathing room, as Marisa Given singled to center, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored on Alyse Rojas' first-pitch infield single to make it a two-run game.
That was more than enough for Yanez, who retired the final seven batters of the game, including striking out the side in the seventh to nail down the win.
Emmie Robertson (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits while walking a pair over three innings of work before giving way to Samantha Clakley in the fourth.
Alyse Rojas, who had her team-best nine-game hitting streak snapped on Friday against Liberty, and Aly Gomonet each finished with two hits for the Aggies, who out-hit the Cowgirls, 8-1. It was Alyse Rojas' team-best fifth multi-hit game of the season, while Gomonet picked up her third of the year.
Meanwhile, with a walk in the first inning, senior Ashley Lotoszynski reached base safely for the ninth consecutive game, while Gomonet and Isabella Leon extended their respective streaks to eight straight games.
UC Davis closes out play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Sunday (Feb. 25) beginning at 11:30 a.m., taking on St. John's with a game against San Diego State to follow at approximately 2 p.m.
UC Davis 3, Oklahoma State 1 (Feb 24, 2018 at Cathedral City, CA)
Oklahoma State...... 001 000 0 - 1 1 0 (9-6)
UC Davis............ 000 201 X - 3 8 0 (8-6)
Pitchers: Oklahoma State - Robertson, Emmie; Clakley, Samantha(4) and Thomas, Mackenzie. UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (6-2) Loss - Robertson, Emmie (4-3) T-1:33 A-186
HR UCD - Rojas, Maddie (1).
Weather: Sunny, 50 Degrees
Robertson, E faced 2 batters in the 4th.
SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC's receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.
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