Fan's Home Run Helps Aggies Split With Tigers

Kylie Fan had a two-run home run to lift the Aggies in game two
Kylie Fan had a two-run home run to lift the Aggies in game two

April 9, 2011

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Game Two Box

DAVIS, Calif. - Kylie Fan sent out her first career home run, a two-run shot that helped the UC Davis softball team take a 3-1 win in game two, earning a split on the day after a 4-0 win for Pacific on Saturday at La Rue Field.

Jessica Thweatt threw a five-hitter in game two to earn her sixth win of the season after allowing no earned runs. Nikki Armagost had an equally impressive outing in the first game, tossing a complete game shut-out for Pacific. The Aggies took advantage of their opportunities in game two, despite no earned runs for both teams.

Fan led the offense with two hits, two RBIs and a runs scored on the day, while Megan Guzman added three hits and two stolen bases. Megan Horn paced the Tiger offense in game one with three hits, an RBI and a run scored.

UC Davis moved to 18-15 overall and 3-2 in Big West play with the split. Pacific now holds a 23-13 overall record and a 3-2 mark in conference play.

"I liked (Fan's) approach. She did a great job at making a physical adjustment and I'm proud of her," said head coach Karen Yoder. "(Thweatt) did a great job today. Pacific has some great hitters and she kept them off balance. I love the structure of the Big West in regards to a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. It gives you a clean slate when you split and it comes down to that one game to win the series."

In game one, the Aggies were held scoreless after scattering six hits and leaving eight runners on base. After no hits in the first inning and a scoreless second, the Tigers posted a run in the top of the third. A lead-off single for Kelsey Rodriguez and a Megan Foglesong RBI single helped give Pacific a 1-0 advantage.

UC Davis had its best scoring opportunity in the bottom of the third but the Aggies stranded three runners after two hits. Guzman started with a lead-off single and an Elizabeth Santana single put two on with two out.  A walk loaded the bases but a groundout immediately followed to end the inning.

The Tigers added to their lead in the fifth and sixth innings, taking a 4-0 lead. Pacific used a single, a stolen base and an RBI single from Nicole Matson to score one run in the fifth.

Pacifc used a hit and two walks to load the bases in the top of the sixth. Hom provided the first run of the inning with an RBI single up the middle. UC Davis made a pitching change from there, bringing in Thweatt in relief of Alex Holmes. Thweatt managed to get out of the inning but not before walking one more run home to put the Tigers on top 4-0.

The Aggies couldn't get much offense going in their final two trips to the plate, registering just one hit in the sixth before a one, two, three inning in the seventh.

Armagost improved to 10-8 with the win after allowing six hits and no earned runs. Holmes took the loss for UC Davis and dropped to 12-11 on the season after allowing eight hits and four earned runs in 5.2 innings of work.

In game two, the Aggies reached the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a Tiger miscue. After a lead-off walk, UC Davis advanced the runner and scored on a throwing error for a 1-0 advantage.

The Aggies returned the favor in the top of the third, allowing Pacific to take an unearned run to even the score. Similar to the previous inning, a one-out walk ended up scoring after a dropped fly ball.

UC Davis had another runner on in the fourth thanks to a Pacific error. Fan made the Tigers pay with a clutch two-out, two-run home run to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.

Thweatt continued to dominate in the circle in the final three innings, holding Pacific scoreless despite two hits in the fifth. She retired five batters in order in the sixth and seventh, before Holmes came in to earn the save in the final at bat of the game.

Thweatt improved to 6-3 on the season after five hits and no earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Holmes picked up her third save of the season by striking out the only batter she faced. Tori Shepard took the tough luck loss after allowing just four hits and no earned runs in six innings.

UC Davis will be back in action with the third game of the series against Pacific tomorrow at 12 p.m. The Aggies will be playing in their annual Strike Out For Cancer game tomorrow to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. UC Davis will also host an alumnae game immediately following the single game.