March 10, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After rain forced the postponement of games originally scheduled for Friday, March 8, UC Davis was able to open action at the Diamond Devil Invitational hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday afternoon against New Mexico State and Notre Dame.
Able to compete for one-half inning yesterday against New Mexico State before rain wiped out the day's schedule, UC Davis was defeated 4-2 in Saturday's all-Aggie affair. After a brief break, UC Davis rebounded to defeat Notre Dame 5-4.
Receiving votes in both USA Today/NFCA Coaches and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls, the Aggies will face Pitt and tournament host Arizona State, ranked No. 3 in each poll, Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (PT) respectively.
Initially taking the lead against the Irish by scoring one run in the second inning on a home run to left from Kelly Schulze
, its was a four-run third that provided Justine Vela
with enough of a cushion to record her team-high sixth win of the season.
Throughout her 5.1 innings pitched, Vela struckout six, against two walks and only allowed four hits.
Also earning an opportunity to pitch in the final game of the day for UC Davis, Leah Munden
recorded her first save of the season.
Saturday's action began with three scoreless innings posted by New Mexico State and UC Davis; by scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, New Mexico State survived a seventh-inning UC Davis rally to hold on for a 4-2 win.
led UC Davis against New Mexico State by recording hits in all three of her appearances at the plate, and was also responsible for one of the Aggies' (UC Davis) two RBI. It was Krista Bava
who scored on Castello's triple to left after initially reaching first on a walk following a six-pitch at-bat against NMSU starter Karysta Donisthorpe.
only posted one at-bat against New Mexico State and made the most of that opportunity when she smacked her first career home run over the fence at Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium.
Live stats are available for both Sunday games against Pitt and Arizona State at ucdavisaggies.com