March 16, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team was shut out in two contests after managing just seven combined hits in a pair of six-inning games, falling to BYU 9-0 and No. 13 Arizona 8-0 Friday at the Judi Garman Classic.
The Aggies (10-20) left 13 runners on base over two games, while Rachel Miller and Kylie Fan posted hits in each contest.
In the night cap against BYU, the Cougars got started with two runs in the top of the first to set the pace for the game. Delaney Willard posted a two-RBI double to give BYU an early 2-0 advantage.
UC Davis' best opportunity to reach the scoreboard came in the second inning after a two-out rally. JJ Wagoner and Kelly Harman had back-to-back singles but Wagoner was gunned down at home to end the inning.
The Cougars gained some separation in the top of the fourth, posting five runs on three hits and three errors. BYU recorded two RBI hits in the inning after scoring four unearned runs. The Cougars added two runs in the top of the sixth, thanks to a two-RBI double from Carly Duckworth that made the score to 8-0.
The Aggies couldn't extend the game in the bottom of the sixth despite the lead-off batter reaching on an error. Jessica Thweatt picked up the loss after tossing 6.0 innings while allowing 11 hits and five earned run. Hannah Howell earned the win for BYU after throwing 4.0 innings and allowing four hits.
Game Two Box
After splitting its first two games, the UC Davis softball team lost its third game of the Judi Garman Softball Classic to 13th ranked University of Arizona, 8-0, at Fullerton.
UC Davis starting pitcher Melanie Russell started off well, holding the Wildcats to one run in the first inning. However, despite the efforts of the Aggies, U of A scored eight runs on seven hits. The Wildcats scored four runs in the first two innings on three hits, scored two runs in the fourth, and two runs again in the sixth inning. Wildcats shortstop Shelby Pendley had an impressive night with three hits, 4 RBIs, including a home run in the sixth inning. Arizona pitcher Shelby Babcock got the win for the Wildcats, pitching six innings and advancing to 8-4 on the season.
Several Aggies had a good efforts too. Russell had a total of four strikeouts on the night. Other successful Aggies were catcher Rachel Miller, right-fielder Kylie Fan, and second baseman Chandler Wagner, who all had a hit on the night and batted 1 for 2. Miller singled in the second, Wagner singled in the third, and Fan singled in the fifth.
Game One Box
UC Davis finished 1-3 at the Judi Garman Classic and will now have over a week away from competition. The Aggies get back into action at home against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Mar. 25 at 2 p.m.
By Sean Maraz, Athletics Communications Student Intern