March 4, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hard-luck and a three-run third inning were enough for Sacramento State to hand UC Davis, winners of this year’s Causeway Cup, a 5-0 loss in Tuesday afternoon’s series finale from Shea Stadium.
The Aggies, led by Chandler Wagner who finished 2-for-2, with a walk, will enter Saturday’s action at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic with a 7-16 overall record; Sacramento State improves to 7-6 on the year.
With the victory, the Hornets prevented the Aggies from recording their first regular season sweep since the 2011 season. However, by shutting out Sacramento State a few weeks ago at La Rue Field, softball helped UC Davis officially capture its second Cup in as many seasons last month.
Competing in their first home game of the year, the Hornets hung three runs on the board in the bottom of the third to take a lead they never relinquished.
Were it not for a few plays that did not go the Aggies way, Tuesday’s Causeway contest could have ended in a different manner.
In the top of the first, Lauryn Saunders hit a bloop single to right that was took a friendly bounce into right fielder Paige Martin’s glove. Hit just pass the lip of the infield behind second base, the Aggies chose to hold their runner at third to load the bases instead of sending her home with two outs.
In the following inning, a potential scoring opportunity quickly disappeared when an Aggie runner left too early from first base. By mistiming her lead-runners are not allowed to leave or steal a base until the ball leaves the pitcher's hand-another Aggie out was automatically recorded.
In the top of the fourth, with two outs and runners on first and third, Krista Bava drilled a shot that nearly hit Hornet starting pitcher Caitlin Brooks on the left side of her head. Through sheer reflex, Brooks ended up protecting herself, and recording the final out of the frame, at the same time.
The Aggies’ schedule at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic will commence Saturday with a 4:45 p.m. game vs. North Dakota State that preceded their 7 p.m. tilt against Portland State. UC Davis will conclude its stay in Stanford against the host team the following day at 12:15 p.m.