Bats back Kibby’s one-hitter in softball split

Feb. 28, 2018

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MORAGA, Calif. — The UC Davis offense exploded for a pair of big innings on 10 hits in support of sophomore Katie Kibby’s second-straight one-hit shutout, helping the Aggies split a non-conference doubleheader at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday afternoon at Cottrell Field in Moraga, Calif.

UC Davis improved to 11-7 overall on the season with the results, falling in game one, 7-5, before bouncing back with an 8-0 victory in five innings in the nightcap. The Gaels moved to 4-12 overall on the season, using a five-run sixth inning to erase a three-run deficit and stun the Aggies in the opener.

Just three days removed from a one-hit shutout of San Diego State to close out the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., Kibby (3-2) did not miss a beat on Wednesday, facing just four over the minimum and allowing five baserunners on the day en route to her second consecutive victory.

The right-hander from Vacaville, Calif., struck out a pair and stranded two runners in scoring position, retiring six straight at one point. It is her third career one-hitter and the 10th such performance by a UC Davis pitcher in the program’s Division I history — four of those coming this year alone.

Eileen Perez (1-5) suffered the loss for the Gaels, tagged for five runs on six hits and walking four over the first 2.2 innings of work before giving way to Eryn McCoy, who didn’t fare much better, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over 1.1 innings.

A five-run third was more than enough for the Aggies to take control of the contest as senior Ashley Lotoszynski’s double to the gap in left centerfield plated Isabella Leon for the 1-0 lead and UC Davis was off to the races. A walk to Maddie Rojas and an infield single by Marisa Given, who finished 3-for-3, loaded the bases for Alexis Villalobos, who drew a full-count walk to drive home a second run.

Alex Sotomayor then followed with a two-run single to knock Perez from the game and Villalobos scored on a wild pitch after the change in the circle for the 5-0 advantage.

UC Davis tacked on three more in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Riley Siegel, a passed ball, and a single to center by Given, for the final 8-0 advantage.

Lotoszynski finished 2-for-3 and Sotomayor added two hits to join Given in the multi-hit club, while three other Aggies finished with a hit. Nikki Alexander was the only Saint Mary’s player to finish with a hit, dropping a two-out single into centerfield in the third.

In the opener, UC Davis stormed out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold on as the Gaels chipped away before a huge sixth inning lifted the home team to the win.

An error and a sac fly by Siegel in the first plated a pair of runs for the Aggies to give them the early lead and, after the Gaels pulled a run back in the second, UC Davis extended its advantage to 5-1 on a Siegel RBI single and a two-run blast by Maddie Rojas — the latter her second of year.

A double by Abbey Mariani in the fourth made it a three-run game before the Gaels struck gold in the sixth — the big blow coming off the bat of Hailey Sparacino, who cleared the bases with a double to give Saint Mary’s the lead for good.

Katlyn Whitt (3-0) earned the win, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and striking out one in the complete game effort, surrendering just two hits from the fourth inning on and retiring eight straight hitters at one point during that stretch.

Frankie Mendoza (1-2) suffered the loss in relief of starter Brooke Yanez, allowing four runs on three hits over 1.2 innings of work. Yanez was stuck with the no-decision, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings of work.

UC Davis has the weekend off before making its 2018 home debut at the newly renovated LaRue Field, hosting the five-day Aggie Invitational from March 8-12. Along with the host Aggies, Nevada, Utah State, Northern Colorado, and Valparaiso, will compete at the event, which kicks off with the Wolf Pack taking on UC Davis on Thursday (March 8) at 12:30 p.m.

A complete tournament schedule is available here:

Saint Mary's (CA) 7, UC Davis 5 (Feb 28, 2018 at Moraga, Calif.) (Game 1)
UC Davis............ 203 000 0 -  5  7  0      (10-7)
Saint Mary's (CA)... 010 105 X -  7 11  2      (4-11)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke; Mendoza, Frankie (5) and Siegel, Riley. Saint Mary's (CA) - WHITT, Katlyn and CHEW, Hannah.
Win - WHITT, Katlyn (3-0)  Loss - Mendoza, Frankie (1-2)  T-2:01  A-76
HR UCD - Rojas, Maddie (2).

UC Davis 8, Saint Mary's (CA) 0 (Feb 28, 2018 at Moraga, Calif.) (Game 2)
UC Davis............ 005 30 -  8 10  0      (11-7)
Saint Mary's (CA)... 000 00 -  0  1  0      (4-12)
Pitchers: UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Villalobos, Alexis. Saint Mary's (CA) - PEREZ, Eileen; MCCOY, Eryn (3); WHITT, Katlyn (5) and CHEW, Hannah; JOHNS, Mehana.
Win - Kibby, Katie (3-2)  Loss - PEREZ, Eileen (1-5)  T-1:25  A-70

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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