Aggies Secure Saturday Split in Santa Clara

Kimberly Pena drove in two runs for her team against Boston U. after entering that game as a pinch hitter.
Kimberly Pena drove in two runs for her team against Boston U. after entering that game as a pinch hitter.

March 1, 2014

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Tournament host Santa Clara Broncos broke a 4-4 tie in the first of two games played by UC Davis Saturday afternoon, at the Santa Clara Marriott Classic, by scoring one run in the fifth inning to down the Aggies 5-4. However, UC Davis rebounded the following game by scoring a game-winning run of its own in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Boston University 6-5.

After Saturday's round of games, UC Davis sports a 6-14 overall record and will face Boston University, who fell to 3-2 with the loss, in the first of two games on its Sunday schedule. First pitch against the Terriers will take place at 10 a.m., UC Davis' tournament finale versus Seattle University is slated for 12:30 p.m.

Live stats for both games are available by clicking here.

After UC Davis scored one run in the top of the second against Santa Clara, the host Broncos responded by hanging a four spot in the bottom half of that same inning.

Two innings later, Lauryn Saunders and Krista Bava helped the Aggies even the score at four apiece by driving in all three of UC Davis' runs. 

Amy Nunez opened the fourth by reaching on a Santa Clara fielding error, followed by a single from Kelly Zboralske. With two on, and nobody out, Saunders doubled down the left field line, recording two RBI in the process. Later in the inning, Bava blasted a shot that cleared the fence in center to record her first home run of 2014.

As was the case earlier in the afternoon, Santa Clara responded by recording the game-winning run in its half the next inning, on three singles and aggressive baserunning, to down the Aggies 5-4.



Returning to the diamond after a short break to face Boston U. in UC Davis' final game of the day, and the first of consecutive contests against the Terriers, the Aggies took a 1-0 lead when Caitlin Voss opened the bottom of the third with a solo shot to right center. The team's lead doubled, thanks to Bava who came up clutch in her inaugural at-bat against Boston, by hitting a single that allowed Christa Castello to score.

Castello initially reached base on a single to center field.

Boston scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a two-run lead, then tacked on another run in the fifth to extend its advantage to a 5-2 margin. 

That was the last time a Terrier touched home plate.

A leadoff single by Brianna Warner became the first of three Aggie runs when Zboralske doubled to left center, allowing her teammate to score easily. Saunders soon joined Zboralske on base thanks to a Boston error-neither remained on base for long. 

When head coach Karen Yoder summoned Kimberly Pena to pinch hit, the senior infielder rewarded her coach's faith by slamming the seventh pitch thrown her way to left. When all was said and done, Pena stood on second with both teammates taking a seat in the dugout after scoring.

The score remained tied at five until the Aggies came to bat in the bottom of the eighth. With Cat Guidry placed on second due to international tiebreak rules, often used n tournament action to prevent games from running over its allotted time, Chandler Wagner allowed her teammate to take third thanks to a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt that forced Boston to throw to first-its only option on the play.

Caitlin Voss reached base on an error committed by BU's shortstop, a mistake that allowed Guidry to score and help her team earn a split of its games played.