Sheldon, Kelly Help UC Davis Split Doubleheader With Princeton

Nikki Sheldon swings against Princeton on Tuesday. She had two doubles on the day. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Nikki Sheldon swings against Princeton on Tuesday. She had two doubles on the day.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 15, 2005

UC Davis 1, Princeton 0 (Box Score)
Princeton 3, UC Davis 1 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - Nikki Sheldon doubled in the only run and Rachel Kelly tossed a 1-0 shutout in UC Davis' win in the first game, while Erin Snyder knocked in two runs as Princeton rebounded for a 3-1 win in the nightcap, as the Aggies and Tigers split a softball doubleheader at La Rue Field on Tuesday afternoon.

UC Davis moved to 5-23 with the split while Princeton is 10-4. The Aggies' win in the opener snapped a four-game losing streak while the Tigers' Kristen Schaus pitched five scoreless innings to earn the victory in the second.

Kelly and Snyder where knotted in a scoreless duel in the first game; a matchup in which Princeton left 11 runners on base including runners in scoring position in four of the seven innings. The Tigers' first three batters reached base in the first frame, but a grounder, a strikeout and a fly to right field enabled the Aggies to get out unscathed.

Kelly struck out five and walked just three in recording her first shutout of the season. She scattered seven hits.

"It's good to see Rachel throw strong for an entire seven innings and have a successful outing," said UC Davis head coach Karen Matteson.

The Aggies managed just three hits against Snyder, who struck out seven and walked one, but one of those hits was key as Sheldon doubled to center with one out in the sixth to score Megan De La Hoya. De La Hoya had walked with one out and then picked up her ninth stolen base of the season. Megan Turman was hit by a pitch, setting up Sheldon whose liner to center field bounced off the fence and scored De La Hoya with the only run.

 

 

Shortstop Cristina Cobb-Adams had three hits for Princeton, including a leadoff single in the seventh. However, Melissa Finley's line-drive to center was snagged by De La Hoya who doubled up Cobb-Adams at first. Kelly then got Amanda Erickson to ground out two batters later and earn the win. Kelly improved to 3-5.

Snyder had two key hits to nearly identical spots in center field in the second game, both with two outs. The first came on a short fly in between shortstop Lindsay Cox and De La Hoya in the fifth inning, while the second came in front of a diving De La Hoya in the seventh. Finley scored from first base both times.

Trailing 3-0, UC Davis mounted a late rally against relief pitcher Amelia Runyon in the seventh. The Aggies loaded the bases with none out, scoring their first run on De La Hoya's grounder to second. However, Runyon got Turman to pop up and Sheldon to ground out to strand two runners in scoring position.

"I think the difference between the first and second games was executing with runners in scoring position," said Matteson. "We did that in the first game but not in the second."

Schaus had five strikeouts and a walk, improving to 4-1 for Princeton, while Runyon earned her first save. Lindsay Tognetti struck out eight, walked three and gave up eight hits for UC Davis, falling to 0-8.

Stacey Benzing had a pair of hits for the Aggies' in their six-hit attack while four other players had one each. Sheldon had a double in the night cap as well. Turman also had a stolen base in the game, tying Allison Grant (1989-92) for the Aggies' all-time lead with 34.

Beth Dalmut and Lauren Bierman joined Snyder with two hits each for the Tigers.

UC Davis will take a break for final exams, returning to the field for a doubleheader at Long Beach State on Mar. 25.