Sun Devils, Broncos Down Aggies At Softball Tournament

March 12, 2005

#24 Arizona State 11, UC Davis 0 (5 inn.) (Box Score)
Santa Clara 2, UC Davis 1 (Box Score)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Lindsay Cox homered for UC Davis in a tough 2-1 loss to Santa Clara at the National Invitational Softball Tournament, while pitchers for No.24 Arizona State combined on an 11-0, five-inning no-hitter earlier in the day as the Aggies dropped a pair of games at the weekend event.

UC Davis, which beat Connecticut and lost to Iowa on Friday to advance to the championship bracket, fell to 4-21 with the defeats. The Aggies will conclude play at the 12-team tournament on Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against Sacramento State to determine seventh place.

Arizona State had a pair of grand slams to help highlight its win against UC Davis.

UC Davis trailed Santa Clara 2-0 heading into the seventh inning of their matchup on Saturday afternoon but Cox hit her first career home run for the Aggies, bringing them to within a run with just one out. However, reliief pitcher Sara Overmier earned her second save by retiring the next two batters to end the game.

Santa Clara took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Jessica Clee singled and stole second before being knocked in by Daisy Mettlach's single. The Broncos added another run against UC Davis starter Jessica Hancock (1-8) in the sixth inning on Clee's RBI double to right-center field.

Jerrica Castagno earned the win for Santa Clara, holding the Aggies to three hits while striking out five and walking just one. Ovemier struck out two in her relief appearance. Hancock scattered four hits and walked none while giving up just two runs.

Megan De La Hoya, Nikki Sheldon and Stacey Benzing also had hits for UC Davis. Cox's homer was the team's second of the tournament after Sheldon belted one against Connecticut on Friday night.



Earlier on Saturday, Arizona State pitchers Katie Burkhart and Desiree Serrando didn't allow UC Davis a hit in their five-inning win which was stopped by the eight-run rule. The only Aggie baserunner was senior Megan Turman who reached on catcher's interference in the fourth inning.

Burkhart went the first four innings, striking out seven and walking none. With Arizona State leading 11-0, Serrano pitched the fifth inning and had two strikeouts.

Arizona State gave its pitching staff all the runs it would need in the first inning when the Sun Devils struck for four runs against UC Davis starter Rachel Kelly. An infield error and two singles loaded the bases for designated player Sharee Zaleski who hit a one-out grand slam to center.

Leading 5-0, the Sun Devils scored six more runs in the fourth inning against relief pitcher Lindsay Tognetti, also getting benefit of two UC Davis errors. The errors helped Arizona State score its first two runs of the frame while the Sun Devils scored four more runs later on a grand slam by Heidi Knabe.

Kelly had five strikeouts for UC Davis, falling to 2-5 with the loss. Burkhart improved to 7-2.

The Aggies will return home following Sunday's game to face Princeton in a doubleheader on Tuesday at La Rue Field.