March 15, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis split a non-conference softball doubleheader with Iona Monday afternoon at La Rue Field. The Aggies scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth of the first game on their way to a 9-5 victory. Iona used two pitchers in the second game to post a no-hitter and defeat the Aggies, 3-2. UC Davis (9-17) had 12 hits in the first game.
Four Aggies had at least two hits in game one with Megan Guzman going 3-for-3. Alex Holmes, Elizabeth Santana and Rachel Miller each went 2-for-3. Holmes and Miller drove in two runs apiece in the nine-run effort. Guzman scored three runs.
In game one, UC Davis scored four times in the second and did it all with two outs. Kylie Fan started the rally with a two-out single and advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Marissa Araujo followed with an RBI-single to make it 1-0. Later in the inning, Guzman delivered a run-scoring infield single to up the lead to 2-0. She later stole third and scored on the same play on a throwing error. The final run of the frame came home on an infield single by Holmes.
Guzman helped manufacture another run in the fourth. She led off with a single, stole second and came home on a one-out single by Holmes. That put UC Davis up 5-0 heading to the fifth.
It stayed that way until the top of the sixth when the Gaels exploded for five runs to tie the game at 5-5.
The Aggies countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to regain control. Jessica Gonzalez had an RBI-single to give UC Davis a 6-5 lead. A groundout by Sarah Axelson drove in the seventh run, and Miller capped off the surge with a two-run single as the Aggies led 9-5.
Holmes picked up the win in relief. The junior pitched 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit.
Iona (4-5) took an early lead in game two with three runs in the top of the second. The Aggies countered with a run in third and another in the fourth. They did so despite not getting a hit. Iona surrendered four walks, two wild pitches, a passed ball, two hit batters and two errors in the first four innings to help the Aggies get within 3-2.
That was as close as UC Davis would get, though, as Sarah Jackson came on to pitch a perfect final three innings to combine with Alyssa Maiese for the no-hitter. The Gaels had seven hits.
Holmes had another solid relief effort in the second game by throwing 5.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and just one walk.
UC Davis returns to action March 23 when it hosts Stanford at 2 p.m. in a single game.