April 6, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Justine Vela and Jessica Thweatt each posted eight-inning complete game shutouts with 10 strikeouts apiece, helping the UC Davis softball team take 1-0 and 2-0 wins in a doubleheader sweep over Cal State Northridge on Friday at Matador Diamond.
Vela went the distance for the 10th time of the season, picking up her third consecutive victory after 10 strikeouts and four hits, climbing above the .500 mark for the first time this year with a 10-9 record. Thweatt had an equally impressive performance in game two, lasting the full eight innings while allowing just three hits and striking out 10.
JJ Wagoner had the only RBI hit of game one, blasting a triple down the left field line to score the eventual game winner. Kelly Harman played the hero of game two, posting a two-out, two-RBI single to bring home the winning runs.
The Aggies improved to 14-22 on the season with a 4-1 mark in Big West play while the Matadors fell to 7-26 overall and 2-3 in league play.
In game one, UC Davis set the tone for the entire day, battling in a pitcher's duel as the game extended into extra innings.
After three scoreless frames, both squads registered their first hit in the fourth inning. Rachel Miller had a two-out single to break up the no-hitter but couldn't advance into scoring position.
Vela struck out the side in the fifth but the Aggies didn't threaten at the plate in the first seven innings. Cal State Northridge had two on with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, following a Madeline Sale double and Samantha Sloniker single. An intentional walk loaded the bases but Vela got out of trouble thanks to a foul out, strikeout and fly out.
After a hit for each team in the seventh, the game extended to an eighth frame with the Aggies having just two hits. UC Davis managed to break free in the top of the eighth however, starting with a one-out single up the middle from Chandler Wagner. Wagoner immediately followed with the biggest hit of the game, sending a RBI triple down the left field line for the only run of the game.
The Matadors put together a late rally with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, loaded the bases with three consecutive walks. Vela came through again, stranding all three runners with a foul out to the catcher.
Vela improved to 10-9 on the season after throwing eight complete innings, allowing four hits, five walks and striking out 10. Mia Pagano took the tough luck loss, falling to 6-12 after tossing eight innings with four hits and one earned run.
Game One Box
In game two, the defense and pitching continued to hold up after no hits for either team through the first four innings.
Cal State Northridge managed to load the bases in the bottom of the second despite no hits in the inning. Two hit by pitches and a walk had three on with just one out. Thweatt managed to keep the Matadors off the scoreboard, getting Abby Linn to groundout into a 6-2-3 double play.
Cal State Northridge stranded two more on base in the third after an error and a walk. Thweatt had three strikeouts in the third however, holding the Matador offense at bay.
Both UC Davis and Cal State Northridge had their first hits of the game in the fifth inning. Miller broke up the no-hitter again with a lead-off double but couldn't come around to score. Linn also had a lead-off hit for the Matadors but was immediately picked off at first.
The Aggies were able to put two runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh but couldn't take advantage of two Cal State Northridge miscues. Cassandra Ginnis led off by reaching on an error and followed with a stolen base. The Matadors got the lead runner on a sacrifice attempt but a walk, a fielder's choice and another error put two on with two outs. A line out ended the inning however, halting the UC Davis opportunity at the plate.
Cal State Northridge also had a chance to end the game in regulation, starting a two-out rally with back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh. Another line out ended the frame and brought the game to extra innings for the second straight game.
UC Davis finally broke free in the eighth, starting with a Heather Zimmerman single up the middle. A sacrifice hit and Wagoner hit had runners at the corners with one out. After a pop up and Ginnis walk, the bases were loaded with two outs. Harman came up with a clutch two-RBI hit, bringing two runners around to score and putting the Aggies on top 2-0.
Thweatt closed out the contest in impressive fashion, registering three consecutive strikeouts in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory. Thweatt improved to 4-9 on the season while Brianna Elder added another tough luck loss for the Matadors after allowing four hits and two earned runs.
Game Two Box
UC Davis will be back in action tomorrow, looking to take a series sweep over the Matadors in a 12 p.m. start.
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