March 3, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Jessica Thweatt allowed just one earned run and had six strikeouts despite the UC Davis softball team dropping a 3-1 contest to Portland State on Saturday at the Highlander Classic in Riverside.
The Aggies (5-13) evened the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning thanks to a Kayla Tyler RBI single before the Vikings (9-9) took the lead for good with unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings. UC Davis also had two hits from Megan Guzman but managed just five hits as a team.
Portland State scored a quick run in the top of the first, using a walk, stolen base and RBI single from Brittany Hendrickson to take a 1-0 advantage.
The Aggies had just two hits in the first three innings before reaching the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Kelly Harman started the innings with a lead off single to center field. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runner before Tyler provided a RBI hit to center field to score the equalizer.
The Vikings took back the lead in the top of the fifth thanks to a hit by pitch, error and sacrifice fly, making the score 2-1. Portland State added an insurance run in the sixth following three hits and one error. Maggie Sholian had an RBI hit to score the unearned run.
UC Davis couldn't get much going on offense late in the game, as the Aggies were held hitless in the final two innings en route to the final 3-1 score.
Anna Bertrand picked up the win for Portland State to improve to 7-4 on the season after allowing five hits and one run while striking out four in a complete game. Thweatt took the tough luck loss after tossing six innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run and four walks.
The Aggies will be back in action tomorrow, facing Maine at 9 a.m. and South Carolina at 11:30 a.m. in the final day of the Highlander Classic.
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