Kibby's one-hitter caps final day sweep in Cathedral City

Feb. 25, 2018

Box Score

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- Freshman Aly Gomonet finished with a career-high three hits while stealing a pair of bases in the opener against St. John's, before sophomore right-hander Katie Kibby stymied the San Diego State bats, surrendering only one hit to help UC Davis complete the sweep of its final games at the 2018 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

The two victories improved the Aggies to 10-6 overall on the year, extending their winning streak to three straight after hanging on for a 4-3 win over the Red Storm in the opener before posting their third shutout of the season with a 2-0 triumph in the nightcap. St. John's fell to 2-9 overall with the loss, while the Aztecs fell to 6-10 overall.

Wrapping up their final road tournament of the season, UC Davis returns to the diamond for only a doubleheader this coming week, hitting the road to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at 1 p.m.

GAME 1: UC DAVIS 4, ST. JOHN'S 3
Freshman Aly Gomonet finished 3-for-4 and four different players drove in runs for the game and Alex Sotomayor plated an important insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth, as the Aggies scored early and held on late for a, 4-3, win over the Red Storm.

Fresh off a one-hitter against nationally ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday, freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez (7-2) earned the win with another complete-game effort on Sunday, striking out eight while scattering seven hits en route to the win.

McKenzie Murray (1-4) suffered the loss for the Red Storm in the complete-game effort, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three.

UC Davis plated a pair in the first after getting runners to second and third with nobody out. Isabella Leon's ground ball was misplayed on the infield, allowing Alyse Rojas to score from third and moving Gomonet, who singled, up 60 feet. Senior Ashley Lotoszynski then smacked a ground ball to the right side just three pitches later, enough to score Gomonet for a 2-0 lead.

After St. John's pulled a run back on an error in the home half, sophomore Maddie Rojas tripled to lead-off the second inning and scored two batters later on Marissa Jauregui's single to right field to make it a two-run lead.

The score remained that way until the sixth when the Aggies were able to push across a key run that would end up being the difference in the game. A walk to Maddie Rojas, a sacrifice, and a ground ball put the sophomore at third for Sotomayor, who laced a 2-0 pitch into left field, easily scoring Rojas for the 4-1 advantage.

Not going quietly with six outs to work with, the Red Storm rallied for a pair in their half of the sixth as back-to-back singles set the table for Elyse Morris, whose sacrifice was thrown away, allowing Jessi Bryant to score and make it 4-2, while a fielder's choice in the very next at bat led to everyone being safe, enough to get Amelia Ditolvo to score and make it a one-run game.

The Aggies then wriggled off the hook as a single to left by Christina Melendez looked like it would plate Morris with the tying run, but Alyse Rojas' throw to classmate Riley Siegel at the plate was on the money, as the UC Davis catcher applied the tag to end the inning.

Yanez then retired St. John's in order in the seventh, striking out a pair to end the game.

GAME 2: UC DAVIS 2, SAN DIEGO STATE 0
Sophomore Katie Kibby faced just two batters over the minimum, surrendering only a Shelby Thompson double to left in the fifth inning while striking out six without a walk, helping lift the Aggies to a 2-0 shutout of San Diego State to close out tournament play.

Kibby (2-2) retired the first 13 batters she faced, carrying a no-hitter into the the fifth before Thompson broke it up by sending a 1-1 pitch into left field for San Diego State's first hit. A pop-up and a ground ball promptly ended the inning as Kibby went back to work retiring the eight of the final nine hitters of the game, allowing only a baserunner on a seventh-inning error over the final 2.2 innings.

Sunday marked the third one-hitter by a UC Davis pitcher this season after Yanez allowed only one hit against a receiving votes Fresno State squad on Feb. 16 and No. 18/16 Oklahoma State on Feb. 24.

Marissa Moreno (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over three innings before giving way to Alex Formby in the fourth, who threw four shutout innings, allowing just two hits in relief.

Freshman Alyse Rojas finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, driving home the eventual game-winner with a double to the gap in left centerfield, scoring Sotomayor, who singled with one out, for the 1-0 lead. Rojas was then sacrificed to third for Leon, whose ground ball to the left side was misplayed, scoring Rojas for the 2-0 lead.

Aly Gomonet and Riley Siegel also added singles on the day, the former extending her hitting streak to four straight games and reaching base safely for the 10th consecutive contest.

UC Davis 4, St. John's 3 (Feb 25, 2018 at Cathedral City, CA)
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UC Davis............ 210 001 0 -  4  9  3      (9-6)
St. John's.......... 100 002 0 -  3  7  1      (2-9)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley. St. John's - MURRAY and WARREN.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (7-2)  Loss - MURRAY (1-4)  T-1:59  A-127
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny, calm winds

UC Davis 2, San Diego State 0 (02-25-18 at Cathedral City, CA)
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UC Davis............ 002 000 0 -  2  5  1      (10-6)
San Diego State..... 000 000 0 -  0  1  2      (6-10)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Siegel, Riley; Villalobos, Alexis. San Diego State - MORENO; FORMBY(4) and STURDIVANT; UMI.
Win - Kibby, Katie (2-2)  Loss - MORENO (2-3)  T-1:41  A-127
Weather: 69 degrees sunny, calm winds

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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