Aggies rout Princeton to win seventh straight

March 19, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Princeton scored its only run of Sunday’s Aggie Invitational II tournament finale in the top of the second to take a brief lead until Brianna Warner’s inside-the-park grand slam kick-started an offensive explosion for UC Davis. Combined with a two-run third and another four runs scored in the fourth, softball collected its second mercy-rule result of the weekend by topping the Tigers in five innings by a 10-1 score.

With the win, UC Davis will enter its March 31 Big West opener at Hawai’i riding a seven-game win streak, a Division I-era high. By sweeping its six games played throughout the weekend, the Aggies will enter their 12-day hiatus (due to the school’s upcoming finals week), with a 15-17 record.

Princeton will return home with a 3-5 record.

A hit-by-pitch, walk and single through the middle from Alex Sotomayor set the stage or Warner’s round-tripper, her first inside-the-park home run since April 11, 2015, when Cal Poly watched her circle the bases in that league matchup. As was the case that day against the Mustangs, her bases-emptying grand slam vs. the Tigers was hit to the left field corner; the senior outfielder never broke stride from the moment she left the batter’s box until she applied the brakes at home plate — standing up, no less.

Consecutive singles in the bottom of the third from Ashley Lotoszynski and Caroline Figueroa and led to another two Aggie runs when Maddie Rojas hit a double to center field, pushing both teammates home.

A single to center from Christa Castello, a double steal that ended with UC Davis’ shortstop scoring from third and a single through the right side of the infield from Rojas, which allowed Carney and Lotoszynski to score, helped the Aggies reach the threshold needed to end Sunday’s game prematurely.

Carney originally reached base when she caught Princeton’s infielders on their heels, and dropped a textbook bunt down the first base line; Lotoszynski reached first on a five-pitch walk.

Not that she needed the insurance runs once UC Davis took the lead with the way she was throwing from the moment the game started, Katie Kibby was outstanding in the circle, limiting the Tigers to only three hits. Besides striking out two, the freshman right-hander only allowed one hit after Princeton plated its lone run.

Kibby now leads all Aggie pitchers with eight wins, and, as is the case with her teammates, will have an opportunity to rest and prep for the team’s upcoming six-game road swing, which includes stops at Hawai’i (March 31-April 1) and Long Beach State (April 9).

After hosting their last 12 games in a row at La Rue Field, the Aggies will not compete in another home game until April 14 when Cal State Fullerton visits campus.



UC Davis 10, Princeton 1 (F/5; 03/19/17 at Davis, Calif.)
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Princeton........... 010 00 - 1 3 0 (3-5)
UC Davis............ 042 4X - 10 9 0 (15-17)
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Pitchers: Princeton - LaGuardia; Nori(3) and Walsh. UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Carney, Alexis.
Win-Kibby, Katie(8-5) Loss-LaGuardia(0-3) T-1:16 A-412
HR UCD - Warner, Brianna (1).
Weather: Cloudy, 72 degrees