March 2, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Marissa Chapa picked up her inaugural victory as an Aggie in addition to Alicia Paine, who earned her first career save when UC Davis defeated Boston University, 4-3, for the second time in as many days at the Santa Clara Marriott Classic. In the following game, a three-run, seventh-inning rally by Seattle University snatched a would-be victory away from the Aggies in exchange for a 7-6 loss.
UC Davis will head to Sacramento State Tuesday afternoon with a 7-15 overall record; Boston and Seattle's records are now 4-5 and 9-11 respectively.
Even though Boston jumped out to an early lead after plating a run in the bottom of the third, UC Davis stormed back to score four runs of its one and returned to the field with a 4-1 score.
In a testament to head coach Karen Yoder's balanced lineup, separate players drove in all four runs.
Kelly Zboralske started her team's scoring rally by leading off the frame with a solo home run, her team-high fourth of the season.
After Lauren Saunders drew a walk, Krista Bava reached on a single and Cat Guidry earned a free pass to first, Kimberly Pena forced Saunders home when she drew her team's third straight walk. Caitlin Voss extended that total on the Aggies' subsequent at bat when she also drew a base on balls that allowed Bava to score. Two batters later, Jessica Barrett earned her team's final run when a pitch with the bases loaded hit her.
With two outs, and runners on first and second, Chapa quickly brought an end to the bottom of the fourth when Moriah Connolly, her team's leadoff hitter, struck out swinging.
Boston tacked on another two runs in the bottom of the fifth before Paine entered the game and threw three innings of shutout softball to help UC Davis hand the Terriers another one-run loss.
In the following game, UC Davis and Seattle combined to nine runs combined throughout the first four innings in a slugfest that ended with a collective 26 hits.
Christa Castello finished 3-for-4, with a double and RBI to lead the Aggies at the plate. Amy Nunez also recorded an impressive stat line against the Redhawks; even though she fell one shy of Castello's team-high hit total, she led her squad with three RBI.
Two of those runs helped turned a 1-0, UC Davis lead, into a 3-0 cushion after she hit her second home run of the season. Her final RBI was recorded in the top of the sixth when her single to left allowed Castello, who reached base on a double down the right field line, to plate the final run of the weekend for the Aggies.
Leading 6-4 when the game entered the bottom of the seventh, four Seattle singles, combined with two Aggie errors, allowed the Redhawks to come-from-behind and three runs to hand UC Davis a heartbreaking result.
Softball's Causeway Cup finale will take place Tuesday afternoon; another victory will give the Aggies a sweep of the season series. Action from Shea Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State will start at 1:30 p.m.