UC Davis Beats UConn, Loses To Iowa At NIST

March 11, 2005

UC Davis 5, UConn 1 (Box score)
Iowa 2, UC Davis 1 (8 inn.) (Box score)

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nikki Sheldon had two hits, includin a home run, and knocked in a pair of runs on Friday evening while three Aggies posted doubles as UC Davis beat Connecticut 5-1 in its opening game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament.

UC Davis later lost a 2-1 decision in eight innings to Iowa, finishing opening round-robin play. The Aggies are 4-19 overall heading into Saturday's championship bracket play where they will face Arizona State at noon.

Rachel Kelly pitched the win for UC Davis against Connecticut, improving to 2-4. Megan De La Hoya, Megan Turman and Lindsey Cox each had doubles against the Huskies.

De La Hoya had a pair of hits to lead the Aggies in their tough loss to Iowa.

Sheldon homered in the first inning and UC Davis led Connecticut 2-1 after three innings before tallying a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to secure the win.

Against Iowa, the Hawkeyes scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to the game 1-1 and then pushed across the winning run in the eighth. Jessica Hancock took the loss for the Aggies, falling to 1-7.

Iowa finished Pool C with a 2-0 record, UC Davis was 1-1 and Connecticut went 0-2. Arizona State, ranked 24th nationally, is 19-4 heading into Saturday's game against UC Davis. Twelve teams are in the tournament.