March 13, 2005
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -
Sacramento State posted a seven-run rally in the top of the seventh inning on Sunday morning as the Hornets beat UC Davis 7-2 to claim seventh place at the National Invitational Softball Tournament.
The Aggies fell to 4-22 on the season while Sacramento State, which has beaten UC Davis in all six meetings this year, is 13-11. Megan De La Hoya and Megan Turman each had two hits for the Aggies with De La Hoya collecting a double.
UC Davis scored twice in the third inning for a 2-0 lead, an advantage it held into the top of the seventh. With one out and none on in their final at-bat, however, the Hornets rallied.
Three errors by UC Davis and four hits by Sacramento State, including a three-run double to left by Teri Ann Caogan helped the Hornets post their seven runs. Brittany Crine had an RBI triple and pitcher Brianne Ferguson had a run-scoring single.
Lindsay Tognetti started the game for the Aggies and was relieved in the seventh by both Stacey Benzing and Lauren Pieretti. Tognetti went 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking just three. None of the Hornets' runs in the game were earned.
Turman singled in Kristin Herrera with UC Davis' first run in the third inning while Nikki Sheldon singled in De La Hoya with the second.
Ferguson had six strikeouts and a walk, improving her record to 7-5.
The Aggies out-hit Sacramento State, 8-6. Besides De La Hoya's and Turman's hits, Sheldon, Jessica Hancock, Lindsay Cox and Herrera also posted hits. Crine had two hits for the Hornets.
UC Davis finished 1-4 at the 12-team tournament. The Aggies return to action on Tuesday when they host Princeton at La Rue Field. First pitch is 1:30 p.m.