STANFORD, Calif. – By scoring four runs in the first inning against North Dakota State and the game-winning run in the eighth inning versus Portland State, UC Davis was able to sweep its twinbill from Smith Family Stadium at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic by scores of 4-2 and 4-3.
The Aggies will enter its 12:15 p.m. tournament finale against No. 22/17 Stanford, host of this weekend’s tournament, with a 9-16 overall record. With the losses, North Dakota State falls to 12-8 with Portland State continuing its weekend in Stanford with a 3-13 mark.
In their first game of the day, UC Davis wasted no time in taking the lead when Kelly Zboralske emptied the bases with a double to left center to score the Aggies’ first three runs of the game.
Both of Zboralske’s hits recorded against the Bison were doubles.
Kaila Olson, who entered the game to pinch run for Zboralske, scored immediately when Chandler Wagner, the very next batter, hit a single.
Possessing a four-run cushion before stepping a foot in the circle, Leah Munden struckout five batters and allowed only four hits throughout the following seven innings to pick up her second victory of the season.
The back half of the Aggies’ Saturday doubleheader included a matchup against Portland State, another game UC Davis won thanks to Zboralske’s late-game heroics.
In a see-saw battle that saw the Aggies strike first by scoring two runs in the second inning, only to watch Portland take its first lead of the evening by plating three in the fourth inning, extra innings were needed when Christa Castello’s shot up the middle allowed Jasmine Lee to score from third.
Lee pinch ran for Caitlin Voss who led off the fifth inning with a double of her own.
With the game tied at three apiece, Munden and Andrea Reynolds prevented Portland State from scoring another run for the rest of the night.
Munden, who returned to throw another two full innings did not allow a single hit; Reynolds, who was credited with the win, only allowed two batters to reach base throughout her 2.1 innings thrown.
Placed on second base to start the eighth inning due to international tiebreak rules, Brianna Warner advanced to third on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt laid down by Amy Nunez.
With the go-ahead run only 60 feet away, Zboralske allowed Warner to score easily on her third double of the day to snap a 3-3 deadlock.
The Aggies’ one-run lead held through the Vikings’ half of the eighth as Reynolds was able to force a two groundouts and a five-pitch strikeout to end UC Davis’ day with another victory.
A live stats link for Sunday’s showdown at Stanford is also available at ucdavisaggies.com.