April 13, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Led by Chandler Wagner and her four RBI, UC Davis run-ruled UC Santa Barbara 8-0 in five innings in the first game of Saturday’s Big West Doubleheader at Campus Diamond, but fell 1-0 in the second game to the host Gauchos.
Sunday’s rubber match will start at 12 p.m., a link for live stats is available online at ucdavisaggies.com.
With the results, UC Davis is now 17-20 overall with a 4-6 Big West record, UC Santa Barbara enters the final game of the series with a 24-16 overall and 5-5 league mark.
Buoyed by its first three batters reaching base to start the afternoon’s action, UC Davis scored four runs, on four hits and a Gaucho error in the first inning to jump out to a sizable advantage before UCSB even took its first set of swings.
Caitlin Voss drove in the first run with a single allowing Megan Guzman, who initially reached on a leadoff walk, to score. A double from Christina Guidry down the right field line allowed Voss herself to touch home plate, followed by a bases-loaded walk that forced Gretchen Diekman home to build the Aggies’ advantage to 3-0.
After UCSB starter Shelby Wisdom was bounced from the circle after recording only two outs, Wagner ended the Aggies’ inaugural scoring spree by spraying a shot to right field, driving in Guidry in the process.
That lead was more than enough for UC Davis starter Justine Vela as she went the distance for the 12th time this season to earn her 11th win and second straight shutout.
UC Davis enhanced its lead in the third inning thanks to one swing from Wagner; with he bases full of Aggies, she hit her fourth double of the year to right, allowing Guidry, JJ Wagoner and Cassandra Ginnis to motor home and nearly double their team’s lead to 7-0.
Of the team’s eight runs driven in against UC Santa Barbara in the series opener, Wagner was responsible for half of them to set a new individual season high. Her previous high of three RBI was earned at the Stanford Nike Invitational last February in the Aggies’ second game against Santa Clara.
Guidry initially reached base on a walk, a single to third and a fielder’s choice respectively allowed Wagoner and Ginnis to join Guidry shortly thereafter.
A home run to center by Voss in the top of the fifth, her second in as many games, gave the Aggies a lead large enough to force a premature ending to Gm. 1. Voss is now tied alongside Kelly Schulze for second with two home runs; both trail Amy Nunez who leads the team with three.
Voss was one of four Aggies that recorded two hits throughout the game — in addition to her 2-for-3 performance, Jasmine Lee and Wagner also finished 2-for-3 at the plate, with Wagoner earning hits in both of her at-bats.
Down by eight, the Gauchos could only muster one pop and two fly balls, all easily caught for an out in the bottom-half of the frame to bring a premature ending to Gm. 1.
The events that took place throughout Gm. 2 differed dramatically as only one run was scored by either team throughout the entire contest.
Reaching third on a triple in the bottom of the fourth, Shelby Wisdom scored the only run when Keilani Jennings drove her home on a single down the right field line.
The Gauchos held on to that slim lead throughout the final three innings to salvage a split of the day’s doubleheader.