Feb. 24, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team faced its fifth top-25 team of the season, as No. 11 Missouri had three home runs in the first three innings to down the Aggies 8-0 on Friday at the Cathedral City Classic.
UC Davis (5-10) had just four hits on the night and the Aggies were shut out in their second consecutive five-inning game. The Tigers (4-1) had an efficient eight runs on seven hits, while three runs were unearned after two UC Davis errors.
Missouri reached the scoreboard early and often, posting two runs in the top of the first on two hits. Following a Nicole Hudson single, Kelsea Roth had a two-run home run to give the Tigers a quick 2-0 advantage.
The Aggies nearly responded in the bottom of the first, starting the inning with back-to-back singles from Cassandra Ginnis and Megan Guzman. Despite the bases being loaded with one out, UC Davis couldn't manage any runs after the inning ended on a double play.
Missouri added a single run in the second, using a solo home run from Angela Randazzo to take a 3-0 advantage.
The Tigers continued to add to their lead in the third, posting five runs on two hits and two errors. The first two runs of the frame were earned after a Ashley Fleming two-run home run to right field. Jessica Thweatt stepped in the circle at that point in relief of Justine Vela. Missouri had one more hit in the inning and took advantage of two Aggie miscues to take an 8-0 lead.
UC Davis had two runners in scoring position with no outs in the fourth inning but couldn't manage any runs for the game. Rachel Miller had the only hit for the Aggies before the inning was ended on two pop ups and a strikeout.
The final scoring opportunity for UC Davis came in the bottom of the fifth, as Kelly Zboralske sent a one-out double to right center. The Aggies couldn't capitalize however, as Missouri wrapped up the 8-0 win after two groundouts.
Vela picked up the loss for the Aggies and fell to 3-5 on the season, tossing two innings and allowing four hits and five runs. Thweatt had 0.2 innings of relief and Melanie Russell threw 2.1 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Bailey Erwin picked up the win after allowing just four hits and no runs.
UC Davis will conclude its play at the Cathedral City Classic tomorrow, playing games against New Mexico at 12:30 and Syracuse at 3 p.m.