March 15, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Kelly Zboralske had a pinch-hit grand slam home run while the UC Davis softball team blasted four home runs en route to an 11-5 slugfest win over Virginia, before dropping a 14-1 contest to No. 3 Washington on Thursday at the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
The Aggies (10-18) were on fire at the plate in game one, recording season highs in hits (14), runs (11), RBIs (11), home runs (4) and extra base hits (5) before downing the Cavaliers (16-6), who were receiving votes in both major top 25 polls entering the weekend. UC Davis couldn't carry over momentum against the Huskies (24-1), falling in five innings after allowing an eight-run first inning.
The Aggies had two-run home runs in game one from Kelly Schulze and Amy Nunez while Heather Zimmerman added a solo home run. Zimmerman finished with three hits, two runs score and two RBIs after hitting her second long ball of the season.
In game one, UC Davis got started early and often, lighting up the scoreboard in five out of six innings at the plate. The Aggies had eight players that registered hits, four of which added multiple RBIs.
UC Davis took an early advantage in the bottom of the first thanks to two runs on two hits. Schulze got the Aggies started with a two-run home run to left center after Chandler Wagner reached on a single. UC Davis added single runs in the second and third innings, thanks to a Zimmerman solo shot in the second and RBI single in the third.
Virginia took its turn at the plate, scoring one run in the second and three runs on three hits in the top of the fourth. Giannina Cipolloni had a bases-clearing triple in the fourth to even the score at 4-4.
The Aggies answered in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five runs on four hits and one error. Rachel Miller started with a lead-off walk, followed by a single and error to load the bases. Felicia Baldwin had an RBI single through the left side to score the first run. With the table set for Zboralske, she delivered a grand slam home run to put UC Davis on top 9-4.
Two more quick runs in the sixth gave the Aggies an 11-4 advantage. Miller started with a lead-off single and Nunez immediately followed with a two-run dinger to put the game out of reach. The Cavaliers added a run in the top of the seventh but the offense was too little too late, bringing the score final score to 11-5.
Jessica Thweatt earned the win after throwing a complete game and allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out 10. Stephanie Coates took the loss after throwing 3.1 innings of relief and allowing eight hits and five earned runs.
Game One Box
In game two, UC Davis couldn't carry over the momentum at the plate, registering just one hit for the game. Washington showed why they are ranked No. 3 in the nation, exploding for 15 hits and 14 runs scored.
The Huskies had control of the game from the start, posting eight runs in the top of the first on eight hits and one error. Five players recorded RBI hits in the innings, while the other runs came across on an error, hit-by-pitch and sacrifice fly.
Washington continued to pour in the runs, jumping out to a 14-0 advantage after two runs in the second, one in the third and three runs in the fourth. Kaitlin Inglesby led the Huskies at the plate for the game, registering three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Schulze broke up a no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth, using a lead-off single to center field. The Aggies reached the scoreboard later in the inning, with Schulze coming around to score thanks to two Washington miscues.
Inglesby picked up the win to improve to 13-0 on the season after tossing a one-hitter with no earned runs in five innings. Melanie Russell took the loss for UC Davis after lasting 1.1 innings and allowing six hits and seven earned runs.
Game Two Box
UC Davis will be back in action tomorrow night with two games, playing against No. 13 Arizona at 3:30 p.m. and BYU at 7:30 p.m.