Methodic team effort leads to blowout win

Taiya McInnes was one of six Aggies who helped set a new all-time record in stolen bases for the second time in the last two games.
March 25, 2016

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis hosted a softball clinic throughout Friday’s game at La Rue Field by scoring its runs in multiple ways, the team set a new all-time record for the second time in the last two games by stealing nine bases, Brianna Warner and Christina Guidry each inched closer towards setting new program records with their performances in the Aggies’ 7-2 victory over Iona in the first of four games scheduled throughout the weekend at the Aggie Spring Swing Invitational.

UC Davis will enter Saturday’s 1:15 p.m. contest against Dartmouth with a 10-13 record, then remain on the field for the final game of the day, scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., versus regional rival Pacific. 

Iona will head home, after concluding its 11-game, eight-day Northern California road trip in Davis, with a 5-16 record.

From the opening inning the Aggies were aggressive at the plate and scored at least one run in all but one inning. Helping UC Davis’ cause was its record-setting effort on the base paths.

Lead by Warner with three, softball stole nine bases against Iona’s pitchers to set a new all-time single-game record, topping the previous total of seven, which was set in the Aggies’ last game on March 12 vs. Stony Brook.

Also swiping bags throughout the day were Taylor Peters (2), Guidry, Kaila Olson, Taiya McInnes and Alicia Paine.

With her team-high stolen total, Warner will enter tomorrow’s twinbill with her first opportunity to set a new all-time career record. The junior centerfielder is a perfect 25-25 this season, which nearly matches the amount of steals recorded throughout her first two seasons as an Aggie (27). Combined, her 52 steals are two shy of matching Belinda Paine’s total of 54 bases collected throughout her four-year career (2006-09).


 

 

Warner isn’t the only Aggie that is on the verge of setting a new program record; by hitting her fourth sacrifice fly of the season, Guidry sits alongside Chandler Wagner (2013) for the most hit in a single season, in the program’s Division I era. 

Not only did UC Davis steal its way to scoring position throughout the afternoon, Aggie batters came up clutch when the team needed key hits, which is how softball jumped out to a 7-0 lead entering the top of the sixth inning.

When situations called for a sacrifice bunt, the Aggies came through to advance runners an extra base. In addition to Guidry, Peters also recorded a sacrifice fly to help build her team’s lead.

Led by Alexis Carney with three hits, including a triple down the left field line in the sixth inning, another four Aggies — McInnes, Paine, Peters and Warner — finished with two hits to help the team finish one shy of tying a season high.

“Entering the second half of the season, this team has focused its efforts on executing when scoring opportunities are created. Whether it was a hit, a bunt, or a sacrifice fly, this team came up with the result we needed for each situation. With regards to our execution, this was our best performance of the season,” said UC Davis head coach Erin Thorpe.

On Feb. 28, vs. South Dakota, UC Davis recorded 13 hits in its 11-1 run-rule victory.

UC Davis has little time to enjoy its result since games against two tough teams will take place on Saturday. In addition to facing Dartmouth, the Ivy League’s automatic qualifier to last season’s NCAA Tournament, the Aggies will battle former Big West counterpart and local rival Pacific.

Live stats links for both games, and an internet-only broadcast of softball’s 3:30 p.m. matchup against the Tigers, are available at ucdavisaggies.com.



UC Davis 7, Iona 2 
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Iona................... 000 101 0 - 2 8 0 (5-16)
UC Davis............ 211 120 X - 7 12 3 (10-13)
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Pitchers: Iona - Harkness; Costello(3) and King; Danner. UC Davis - Munden, Leah;
Vela, Justine(6) and Carney, Alexis.
Win-Munden, Leah(7-4) Loss-Harkness(2-5) T-2:13 A-317
Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees