Aggies Sweep Titans In Big West Doubleheader

Jessica Hancock allowed just three earned runs in 11 innings of work on Saturday. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Jessica Hancock allowed just three earned runs in 11 innings of work on Saturday. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 12, 2008

UC Davis 5, Cal State Fullerton 2 (Game 1)
UC Davis 5, Cal State Fullerton 4 (Game 2)

FULLERTON, Calif. - UC Davis swept a Big West Conference doubleheader with Cal State Fullerton, Saturday afternoon, at Anderson Field. The Aggies posted a 5-2 victory in the first game and outlasted the Titans, 5-4, in nine innings in the second game. Jessica Hancock picked up a pair of victories, and Bianca Castillo belted a two-run homer as UC Davis improved to 18-26 overall and 3-5 in the conference. Cal State Fullerton fell to 18-22 and 2-6 in the Big West.

Scoring in the first game started in the top of the second as the Aggies capitalized on a pair of Titan errors and a hit batter. With one out and runners at first and second, Sarah O'Neill singled, and Deanna Menapace scored on a fielding error to put UC Davis up 1-0. In the fourth, Castillo added an RBI-groundout to increase the lead to 2-0.

The Aggies maintained that advantage into the sixth before adding two more. With one out, Sarah Axelson was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Castillo blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence to give UC Davis a 4-0 lead. In the seventh, Axelson added an RBI-single with two outs, which scored Julie Stauder to make it a 5-0 cushion.

In the circle, Hancock was virtually untouchable in the first six innings. The only two base runners in the first three innings were erased by double plays, and Hancock didn't allow a hit until one out in the fourth. It took until the seventh for the Titans to break through, but their two runs on two hits were not enough to overcome the five-run deficit.



Hancock allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

UC Davis, which never trailed on the day, took an early 1-0 lead in game two. With one out, Michelle Espiritu walked and stole second. Stauder singled to put runners at first and third. With Menapace batting, Espiritu scored when Stauder was gunned down on a double-steal attempt.

After the Titans tied the score in the third, Paine put the Aggies back on top in the fifth on an RBI-groundout that drove in O'Neill to make it 2-1.

Cal State Fullerton answered with the tying run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Aggies responded with two more runs in the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Castillo and Lindsey Jones delivered clutch singles to drive in a run each and put the Aggies up 4-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth.

The Titans answered with two runs to tie the game and had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh with runners at first and second with one out. Hancock, who entered the game in relief, proceeded to get out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.

Neither team scored in the eighth, setting up the fateful ninth inning. With one out, Paine and Espiritu reached on infield singles before Stauder walked to load the bases. Menapace was then hit by a pitch, allowing Paine to score the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the inning, the Aggies defense used a double-play to erase a lead-off single. A two-out error followed by a walk put runners at first and second before Hancock forced Ari Cervantes into a game-ending groundout.

"I'm so proud of our team," said UC Davis head coach Karen Yoder. "It was a tremendous day for our program. From start to finish, our level of energy was incredible. We never gave up, no matter how many times (Cal State Fullerton) scored. It was a great day for us all the way around."

Castillo finished the day with four RBIs while Paine led the Aggies with four hits. The Aggies held an 8-4 advantage in hits in the first game while the Titans outhit the Aggies 8-7 in game two. Seven different players accounted for the UC Davis hits in the second game.

Hancock (13-15) pitched four innings in relief in game two and allowed one earned run. Alex Holmes started and pitched a five strong innings while giving up two runs.

The two teams conclude their three-game set Sunday at noon.