Aggies split season series vs. Sacramento State

Alexis Carney scored the game-winning run in the first of two Causeway Cup matchups that took place Wednesday afternoon at Sacramento State.
March 2, 2016

Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nineteen days after it originally started, Kelly Zboralske’s two-out single through the middle of the infield, in the bottom of the eighth inning, drove in Alexis Carney to give UC Davis a 1-0 victory in a game that first took place on Feb. 12 and was halted due to darkness.

When the teams returned to the field at Shea Stadium, to face one another in Wednesday’s scheduled Causeway Cup game, Sacramento State scored three runs in the bottom of the first, UC Davis cut that lead to two runs, on two occasions, but the host Hornets were able to hold on a earn a split of this year’s rivalry series by defeating the Aggies, 5-2.

UC Davis will head to Southern California to compete in this weekend’s Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, hosted by UCLA and CSUN, with an 8-8 record. Sacramento State will enter its home tournament, which also starts on Friday, with a 7-8 mark.

Three singles, a double and two wild pitches helped Sacramento State take a 3-0 lead through one inning, an advantage the Hornets held throughout the entire afternoon.

After leading off the top of the third with a single to short, Zboralske ended up scoring the first Aggie run of the game on a wild pitch that took place during Taylor Peters’ at bat.

By scoring in the bottom half of that same frame, Sacramento State pushed its lead back to three runs when it capitalized on a leadoff double by Sasha Marguiles. Advancing to third on a single from Kortney Solis, Marguiles touched home on a fielder’s choice, pushing her team’s lead to a 4-1 margin.

In the very next inning, UC Davis struck again and pulled itself back within two runs, thanks to a sacrifice fly to right by Ashley Lotoszynski. Scoring on that play was Carney, who originally reached base on a bunt single.


 

 

A 4-2 score remain untouched until the bottom of the sixth when Sacramento State pushed another across the plate when Solis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Down to its final three outs, Zboralske’s two-out single up the middle allowed her to reach base, but that was as close as the Aggies came to pulling even with the Hornets after the final out was recorded on the next UC Davis at bat.

By splitting this year’s series, 2.50 points have been added to each school’s Causeway Cup total. With six head-to-head contests against the Hornets still scheduled to take place throughout the rest of the 2015-16 athletics season, UC Davis needs 6.25 Cup points to clinch a share, and 6.50 points to win the title outright for the fourth consecutive year.

UC Davis will return to action at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament by facing CSU Bakersfield on Friday, March 4, at Matador Diamond, located on CSUN’s campus. With games throughout the weekend also taking place on Easton Stadium, located on UCLA’s main campus, softball fans are encouraged to visit the softball’s schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com to keep track of action taking place throughout the upcoming weekend in Southern California.



UC Davis 1, Sacramento State 0 (02/12/16 - Halted game)
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Sacramento State.... 000 000 00 - 0 6 0 (6-8)
UC Davis.................. 000 000 01 - 1 4 0 (8-7)
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Pitchers: Sacramento State - Corr, S.; Matthias, C.(8) and Gialketsis. UC Davis - Munden, Leah;
Vela, Justine(7); Cadona, Sara(8) and Robertson, Katie.
Win-Munden, Leah(6-2) Loss-Matthias, C.(4-4) T-1:59 A-357


Sacramento State 5, UC Davis 2 (03/02/16 at Sacramento, Calif.)
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UC Davis.................. 001 100 0 - 2 6 0 (8-8)
Sacramento State.... 301 001 X - 5 13 0 (7-8)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Munden, Leah; Vela, Justine(1); Reynolds, Andrea(3) and Carney, Alexis.
Sacramento State - Matthias, C. and Gialketsis.
Win-Matthias, C.(5-4) Loss-Munden, Leah(6-3) T-2:03 A-156
Weather: Sunny, clear, 73 degrees