Feb. 25, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - Stacey Benzing's third hit of the game drove in the winning run as UC Davis beat Ala.-Birmingham 4-3 in nine innings on Friday afternoon before the host fourth-ranked Cardinal held the Aggies to just four hits in an 8-0 softball win in the evening as UC Davis split games during the opening day of the Stanford Invitational.
UC Davis is 3-11 after going 1-1 in the tournament's first round. Herrera went 3-for-3 in the Aggies' first game, sparking UC Davis' seven-hit attack. Benzing earned the pitching win in a relief role, evening her record at 1-1.
Four different Aggies had hits against Cardinal starter Lauren Nydam in the later game, with catcher Megan Turman collecting a double. Stanford scored four times in the first inning against starter Rachel Kelly and was up 5-0 in the fifth before collecting three more runs which ended the game due to the eight-run rule.
UC Davis trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh of the opener against Ala.-Birminingham, but Benzing led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball then went over to third on an infield groundout. She then scored the tying run on another passed ball, sending the game into extra innings.
Ala.-Birmingham wasn't able to score in either the eighth or ninth innings as the teams used the international tiebreaker in which a runner is placed on second at the start of the frame. UC Davis was held scoreless in the eighth but scored the winning run when Benzing singled through the left side to score Lauren Pieretti who was on third.
Against Stanford, UC Davis got in an early deficit at the Cardinal scored four times in its first at-bat. Meghan Sickler had the big hit in the inning as she collected a three-run double to right off Kelly. An RBI single by Leah Nelson scored another Stanford run in the third before run-scoring singles by Lauren Lappin and Lindsay Key helped Stanford score three more times in the fifth, ending the game.
Turman, Hancock, Ashley Johnson and Benzing each had hits for UC Davis while seven different Cardinal players had hits. Kelly had two strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in 3.0 innings of pitching while Pieretti went the other 1.1 innings.
UC Davis will face Auburn at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and Sacramento State at 11. The tournament concludes on Sunday.