March 2, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - UC Davis scored five runs throughout the middle innings in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Cottrell Field in Moraga, Calif., to earn a 5-1 victory over Saint Mary's before falling 1-0 in a pitcher's duel the following game.
The split pushes the Aggies' record to 9-10, Saint Mary's is now 3-9.
UC Davis starter Justine Vela threw all seven innings and fell two outs shy of recording another complete game shutout. Instead, the right-hander picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing only two hits to the Gaels throughout the afternoon.
Vela also struckout eight against two walks.
Saint Mary's starter Lujane Mussadi experience in the circle was not nearly as pleasant as her counterpart thanks to the 11 hits UC Davis posted, eight of which were earned throughout the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In all three of those innings, not only did the leadoff batter reach base safely with a single by Chandler Wagner, a double by Amy Nunez and a single from Cassandra Ginnis respectively, but the Aggies also scored in each of those frames.
The third inning saw Wagner score on a Saint Mary's fielding error, followed by Ginnis who touched home plate on Kayla Tyler's single to center after initially reaching base on a single of her own.
Nunez earned her third double of the season the following inning, and was soon joined by Krista Bava who reached base safely on a single, beating the throw from Gaels shortstop Loralie Fitzpatrick at first base. After Gretchen Diekman entered the game to run for Nunez, she advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Christa Castello, and soon joined Bava in the dugout after another two UC Davis runs were scored on another Wagner single.
Leading 4-0 entering the top of the fifth, UC Davis added another insurance run when Cat Guidry turned her third stolen base of the season into the final run of the game.
One of two bases swiped by UC Davis, Guidry has stolen a base in all three of her attempts this season.
In addition to Guidry, Ginnis also stole a bag to push her total to a team-high seven.
A deep fly to right from Kelly Schulze in the fifth allowed Guidry to cover the distance from second to third, Nunez's single through the middle allowed her to easily plate the Aggies' final run.
Earning her only RBI of the day on that play, the single was also the third hit recorded by the Aggies' first baseman out of her four at-bats.
Also responsible for driving in an Aggie run, Wagner finished the first game with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and scored once.
Compared to Gm. 1 where UC Davis' bats were responsible for five runs, Gm. 2 saw both teams record five hits combined in a 1-0 game that ended in Saint Mary's favor.
In a pitcher's dual that saw each team's starter, Leah Munden for the Aggies and Jessica Lemmon for the Gaels hang zeros against their opponent throughout the first four innings, it was one swing of the bat that decided the game's fate for each team.
A Saint Mary's home run hit in the fifth inning was the only offense provided by either lineup, the only run of a game that saw each starter end the day in a similar manner to the way the game started - by throwing shutout softball.
UC Davis will return to La Rue Field for its second home game of the season on Wednesday, March 6, versus Stanford. That non-conference contest will start at 2 p.m. and is the first of six matchups on the Aggies' schedule this week.