March 16, 2014
RENO, Nev. - Dana Cruse picked up her second complete-game shutout and Brianna Warner drew a walk with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning to push the only run of Sunday's tournament finale at the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno, Nev., across the plate to help UC Davis end its 17-game road swing with a 1-0 victory.
With the result, UC Davis recorded its first road win, the Wolf Pack dropped just their third game on its home diamond and the Aggies left Hixson Park with an 11-19 overall record. Nevada completed its tournament with an 18-10 record; North Dakota, who downed the Aggies 9-5 earlier in the day, leaves Reno with a 1-14 mark.
Cruse, who was responsible for Saturday's lone UC Davis victory, ends her weekend a perfect 2-0 after giving up only four hits to Nevada; she now leads all Aggie pitchers with five victories.
Cat Guidry, the only player to score in the final game of the Classic, initially reached base in the top of the fifth on a fielder's choice. After swiping her third bag of the day, her sister, Christina Guidry, joined her on base after earning a base on balls. Shortly thereafter, Aggies occupied all bases after a pitch thrown by Nevada starter Megan Dortch plunked Christa Castello. With two outs, Warner drew another Aggie free pass that forced C. Guidry home.
From that point on, Cruse only allowed two hits the rest of the game to earn her team-high fifth victory of the year-nearly half of her team's total.
UC Davis' result at Nevada negated the effects of its first game of the day, one that saw North Dakota down the Aggies by a 9-4 score.
Unlike Saturday's head-to-head matchup that saw the Aggies score early, and often, it was UND that scored five in the first inning to put UC Davis on its heels before taking its first swing of the day.
That deficit swelled to seven after North Dakota plated another two runs in the top of the second, an effort that was nullified once the Aggies scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the third.
Initially reaching base on a UND throwing error, C. Guidry stole second and third prior to scoring on Warner's single back to the pitcher.
Entering the game after a pitch hit Katie Robertson, Jasmine Lee rewarded her teammate's fortitude by swiping second on the back half of a double steal that also involved C. Guidry. After advancing to third on Warner's single, Lee scored her team's final run of the inning when Amy Nunez reached base on another UND fielding error.
The Aggies tacked on another two runs when Lauren Saunders went yard for the third time this season, pushing her RBI total to 15 in the process.
Saunders trails only Kelly Zboralske who leads all Aggies with 17.
Ch. Guidry also scored on the play, entering the game to pinch run for Zboralske who reached base on a single that trickled down the left field line.
UC Davis will host its first home game in five weeks when the team returns to La Rue Field on Wednesday, March 26, to face Saint Mary's. That non-conference doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.