Consecutive shutouts lead to series victory

Megan Salazar drove in the game-winning run in the second of two league matchups that took place against Hawai'i, at La Rue Field, on Saturday.
April 2, 2016

Gm. 1 Box Score  |  Gm. 2 Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - In the first of two Big West softball games played at La Rue Field, Leah Munden and Justine Vela combined efforts to shut out Hawai'i 1-0, and helped earn UC Davis' first league win of 2016 thanks to Christina Guidry's solo home run -- the only run recorded by either team. That result was followed by another combined clean sheet, thanks to Andrea Reynolds and Sara Cadona who kept the Rainbow Wahine off the scoreboard in a game the Aggies won by a 3-0 score.

With Saturday's sweep, UC Davis will enter next weekend's home series, against Long Beach State, with a 13-17 overall and 2-1 Big West record. Hawai'i will return home for its first home conference series of '16 with records of 17-19 and 1-2. 

Saturday marked the second time in UC Davis' Division I era where the Aggies swept a league doubleheader, and did not allow a run in either game. The first occasion took place during the 2012 season when UC Davis topped CSUN on its own diamond, on April 6, by scores of 1-0 and 2-0.

By throwing 6.1 innings in Saturday's first game, Munden earned her team-high eighth victory of the season. The senior left-handed needed just 73 pitches to hold UH scoreless until Vela entered in the bottom of the seventh with one out.

The senior right-hander recorded the final two outs on 13 pitches, which led to UH stranding two runners in scoring position, and an Aggie victory, which led to a split of the first two head-to-head games.



Vela's save is her first of the season, third of her career and the first collected since her sophomore season. 

In the bottom of the third, Guidry provided the only offense needed for UC Davis when she turned on a waist-high pitch and drilled it over the left field fence. That leadoff solo shot is the first home run of the season and the second in the senior third baseman's career.

Another entertaining pitchers' duel took place in the rubber game, one that felt eerily familiar to both teams, but ended with a different result.

In Friday's Big West opener, starting pitchers from each team were able to frustrate their opponents at the plate each inning with the exception of one. In the top of the fourth, Hawai'i scored all of its runs, and spoiled what was otherwise a spectacular outing from Reynolds.

The junior right-hander returned to the circle in the final game of the series and pieced together another stellar effort, allowing only seven hits throughout five full innings. This time, however, it was UC Davis that ruined a solid effort from Hawai'i starter Brittany Hitchcock (who faced Reynolds the previous day as her team's starting pitcher) by scoring all of its runs in one inning.

Kelly Zboralske opened action in the Aggies' half of the fifth with a double to right center, which was followed by a RBI single to center from Megan Salazar. Even though that one run was all the Aggies needed to win their first league series since visiting UC Santa Barbara nearly one year ago, Alexis Carney provided additional insurance runs to extend her team's lead.

After Taylor Peters joined Salazar on base with a single to left field, Carney pushed both teammates home by hitting her team-high second triple of the year to the corner in right.

Immediately following UC Davis' scoring spree, UH generated its only dangerous opportunity of the game by opening the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles. It was then when Cadona entered the game, and clinically ended the Rainbow Wahine's chance to score.

Advancing to second on Keiki Carlos' single, after hitting one of her own, Tayana Mata raced towards third on a deep fly ball to center that was caught by Warner. Three pitches later, Cadona forced Rachel Lack to hit a pop fly to Guidry at third. When Rachel Turner grounded out to Zboralske at first, UH's players were visibly frustrated by the fact that they left two runners stranded, one of which stood on third for the final two outs. 

When Hawai'i returned to the plate the following inning, Cadona retired the three batters she faced in order to cap an outstanding day of softball for UC Davis and her second save.

Reynolds rebounded from the previous day's game by collecting her fourth win.

Combined, UC Davis' four pitchers gave up 19 hits throughout 21 innings, struckout eight and nearly doubled their team's shutout total in one weekend since three were collected throughout the Aggies' first 27 games.

Of the Aggies' five head-to-head wins against the Rainbow Wahine, four took place at La Rue Field. The other result was recorded at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Classic in 2009.

UC Davis 1, Hawai'i 0 (Gm. 1)
Hawai'i.............. 000 000 0 - 0 5 0 (17-18, 1-1 BWC)
UC Davis............ 001 000 X - 1 5 0 (12-17, 1-1 BWC)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Iseri, Jennifer; Aina Cabrales, Kanan(3) and Lack, Rachel. UC Davis -
Munden, Leah; Vela, Justine(7) and Carney, Alexis; McInnes, Taiya.
Win-Munden, Leah(8-6) Save-Vela, Justine(1) Loss-Iseri, Jennifer(3-3) T-1:38 A-0
HR UCD - Guidry, Christina (1).
Weather: 68 degrees, clear skies

UC Davis 3, Hawai'i 0 (Gm. 2)
Hawai'i.............. 000 000 0 - 0 7 0 (17-19, 1-2 BWC)
UC Davis............ 000 030 X - 3 7 0 (13-17, 2-1 BWC)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Hitchcock, Brittany; Aina Cabrales, Kanan(5) and Lack, Rachel. UC Davis -
Reynolds, Andrea; Cadona, Sara(6) and Carney, Alexis.
Win-Reynolds, Andrea(4-8) Save-Cadona, Sara(2) Loss-Hitchcock, Brittany(7-9) T-1:37 A-426
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy
Hitchcock, B faced 2 batters in the 5th.
Reynolds, A. faced 2 batters in the 6th.