Feb. 26, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team dropped its first two games at the Stanford Nike Invitational, falling 11-4 to Colorado State before a 2-1 loss against North Dakota State on Friday night at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Aggies (5-6) had an offensive showdown and a pitcher's duel all in one day but came up short in both matchups en route to losses against the Rams (3-8) and the Bison (4-8).
In game one, Colorado State got off to a quick start, posting four runs in the top of the first for a lead that they would not relinquish. UC Davis responded with three runs in the bottom of the second however, making the score 4-3 through two complete innings.
The Rams continued to roll on offense, adding four runs in the fourth and two in the sixth, for a 10-3 advantage. The Aggies managed two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 10-5 but the late offense proved to be too little too late. Both teams traded a run in the seventh inning to make the final score 11-6.
Alex Holmes picked up the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season after allowing four earned runs in just 1.0 innings of work. Jessica Thweatt threw 4.1 innings of relief, allowing three hits and six earned runs, while striking out two.
Kelsey O'Brien improved to 3-4 on the season with the win, allowing five earned runs on five hits in 6.0 innings of work.
UC Davis' defense settled down in game two, but North Dakota State edged out the Aggies with a one-run victory. The Bison had two runs in the third inning that proved to be the difference, using a Brea Konz two-RBI double to do the damage.
UC Davis reached the scoreboard with a run in the top of the fourth, after two walks and a hit in the inning. Rachel Miller had her second hit of the game, singling up the middle to score a run and make the score 2-1.
Whitney Johnson managed to close out the game in the circle for North Dakota State, allowing just one hit and stranding three on base in the final three innings. Johnson improved to 2-2 with the win after giving up four hits and one earned runs in a complete game.
Holmes took the tough luck loss for the Aggies, dropping to 2-4 on the season after two earned runs and five allowed hits in the game.
UC Davis will be back in action tomorrow for two games, starting with Kentucky at 6 p.m. before facing Memphis at 8:15 p.m.
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