Cal Poly Rolls To Softball Sweep Against UC Davis

April 9, 2005

Cal Poly 10, UC Davis 0 (5 inn.)
Cal Poly 11, UC Davis 2 (6 inn.)

DAVIS, Calif. - Shannon Brooks hit a grand slam in the second game and teammate Erin Myers had a solo shot as Cal Poly picked up 25 hits in the Mustangs' sweep of a nonconference softball doubleheader against UC Davis on Saturday afternoon at La Rue Field.

Cal Poly won the opener 10-0 before scoring an 11-2 win in the nightcap. The first game was stopped in the fifth inning and the second was halted in the sixth due to the eight-run rule. UC Davis dropped to 5-31 with the defeats while the Mustangs improved to 25-11.

Eva Nelson pitched a one-hitter for Cal Poly in the first game while Robyn Kontra had a four-htter in the nightcap. Ashley Johnson had a two-run double for the Aggies in the second game while Megan Turman stole her fourth base of the year, giving her the UC Davis career record with 35.

The Mustangs posted 14 hits in the second game, including two home runs, a triple and five doubles. Brooks and Myers helped lead Cal Poly in the contest, each collecting a homer and a double. Myer's solo homer staked the Mustangs to a 1-0 in the second while Brook's two-run double made it 3-0.

Johnson helped the Aggies' rally in the bottom half of the inning, roping a two-out double to right-center field that scored Kristin Herrera and Megan De La Hoya, bringing UC Davis to within 3-2. However, a pair of infield errors helped the Mustangs load the bases with one out and Brooks responded with a grand slam to right off UC Davis starter Lindsay Tognetti.

A two-run double by Myers in the fifth and Lisa Modglin's two-run double to left in the sixth made it 11-2. Kontra went the distance for Cal Poly, improving to 15-4 after striking out five and walking just one.



De La Hoya tripled for UC Davis in the second game while Tognetti and Sheldon singled. Tognetti started in the pitching circle for the Aggies before being relieved by Rachel Kelly in the fourth.

Cal Poly used four runs in the second inning and three each in the fourth and fifth frames to shutout the Aggies in the first game. The first two runs in the second came on a wild pitch and an infield error while the second two came across on a double to left-center field by second baseman Chelsy Stoufer.

Cal Poly added to its lead with a three-run fourth inning, two of the runs scoring on a short single to right field by Sarah Iwata. A sacrifice fly to left by Brooks plated the final run. In the fifth, Stoufer picked up another double to left-center with one out, scoring Modglin and Chelsea Green to highlight another three-run rally for the Mustangs.

Nelson was in control for Cal Poly, only permitting a double by Rachel Kelly to lead off the bottom of the third. She struck out nine and walked just one in the game, improving to 9-7. Modglin, Stoufer, Kristi Alvers and Kelly Comstock each had two hits in the game wiuth Stoufer collecting the four RBI's. Kelly allowed four runs - just one of them earned - before being relieved by Stacey Benzing with two out in the second inning. Lauren Pieretti pitched the fifth for UC Davis. Kelly dropped to 3-9 with the loss.

Turman's 35 stolen bases moves her past Allison Grant who had 34 from 1989-92.

"That's an excellent achievement," said UC Davis coach Karen Matteson. "For her to beecome the career leader in steals, that's a highlight for today."

UC Davis and Cal Poly will finish their weekend series with a single game on Sunday at noon at La Rue Field.