Reynolds, Kibby fire back-to-back shutouts

March 17, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Andrea Reynolds and freshman Katie Kibby each fired complete-game shutouts as UC Davis swept the second day of the Aggie Invitational II collegiate softball tournament at La Rue Field. Reynolds went the full seven innings in a 1-0 pitcher's duel against Saint Mary's, then Kibby needed only five frames as the Aggies took down North Dakota by a 8-0 score in Friday's finale.

UC Davis picks up its fourth straight victory in improving to 12-17 for the year.

Senior catcher Alexis Carney rapped out four hits for the day, providing one of the Aggies' three safeties against the Gaels, then adding a 3-for-3 game with three runs scored against the Fighting Hawks. Freshman Frankie Mendoza drove in three runs in the win over UND, including her two-run single in the four-run third inning.

Reynolds scattered five hits with no walks and four strikeouts to improve to 5-8 for the year. She gave up singles in each of the first and second, then put the Gaels down in order in the third and fourth. Meanwhile, UC Davis scored its only run in the first inning. Center fielder Brianna Warner walked, stole second, then scored when shortstop Christa Castello's sharply hit grounder escaped the grasp of SMC second baseman Hailey Sparacino.

SMC threatened in the fifth when catcher Hannah Chew slammed a double off the left-center fence to lead off. A pop-up to third and a short fly to right kept pinch runner Eryn McCoy at second, then a Bailey Lotz liner to Aggie first baseman Maddie Rojas stranded the runner.

The Gaels also provided another scare in the sixth. With a runner on second and two outs, Sparacino lifted a long fly ball that fell just shy of clearing the fence behind Warner. Instead, Warner reached up and pulled in the towering ball at the warning track.

In the nightcap win, Kibby allowed just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in her third shutout of the year. The Aggies scored their first run in the opening stanza when UND starter Kaylin Van Domelen hit Mendoza on a full-count, bases-loaded pitch. Then UC Davis pushed across four more in the third, in part due to a pair of Hawk errors. Mendoza's two-run single scored junior Ashley Lotoszynski and Carney, while an Alex Sotomayor ground out later brought in Caroline Figueroa.

Lotoszynski made it 6-0 when her sacrifice fly to center plated Castello and advanced Carney to third. Carney then ran home when Figueroa's grounder beat the Hawk shortstop for the third of four UND errors. The Aggies held the 7-0 lead going into the fifth. Pinch hitter Lulu Gargicevich-Almeida reached on that fourth miscue to lead off the inning, went to second on a wild pitch, then was replaced by a re-entering Sotomayor. Another wild pitch moved Sotomayor to third, just 60 feet away from a game-ending run. Another pinch hitter, freshman Marissa Jauregui, poked a 2-2 pitch through the 5-6 hole for RBI, invoking the eight-run rule.

The Aggie Invitational II is the second home tournament in as many weeks for UC Davis. The Aggies rematch with Saint Mary's at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, then immediately follow with a game against Princeton. UC Davis and Princeton will then meet one more time on Sunday for the 1:15 p.m. tournament finale.

La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) • UC Davis games only.

Saint Mary's (11-13) 000 000 0 - 0 5 0
UC Davis (11-17) 100 000 x - 1 3 1

Katie Moss and Hannah Chew. Andrea Reynolds and Alexis Carney. W - Reynolds, 5-8. L - Moss, 6-5. Sv - none.

Hitters - SMC: Nikki Alexander, 2x3; Hannah Chew, 2x3, 2B; Abbey Mariani, 1x3. UC DAVIS: Christa Castello, 1x3, RBI; Alexis Carney, 1x3; Maddie Rojas, 1x3.

North Dakota (11-17) 000 00 - 0 2 4
UC Davis (12-17) 104 21 - 8 6 0

Kaylin Van Demelen, Nikki Pica (3), Kyra Lenzi (4) and Maddy Clowdus, Mary Martin (3). Katie Kibby and Alexis Carney. W - Kibby, 7-5. L - Van Domelen, 5-7. Sv - none.

Hitters - UND: Angel Love, 1x2; Kaylin Van Domelen, 1x2. UC DAVIS: Alexis Carney, 3x3; Ashley Lotoszynski, 1x2, SF, RBI; Frankie Mendoza, 1x3, 3 RBI; Marissa Jauregui, 1x1, RBI.