Aggies Swept By 49ers In Big West Doubleheader

JJ Wagoner had a team-best three hits in the doubleheader
 
JJ Wagoner had a team-best three hits in the doubleheader
 

April 14, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team committed four errors in game one and were unable to score a run in game two as the Aggies were swept by Long Beach State after 4-2 and 3-0 losses in a doubleheader on Saturday at La Rue Field.

The Aggies got behind in game one by allowing three unearned runs, as the 49ers took a late 4-0 lead . A two-run home run for Kylie Fan in the bottom of the seventh wasn't enough, as LBSU held on for the win. Game two had another strong start for both pitchers before the 49ers broke free for a three-run seventh inning and the win.

In addition to Fan's two-run shot, JJ Wagoner had two hits in game one and hit in game two. UC Davis managed just three hits in game two and a combined eight hits on the day. Cya Neal had two RBI hits for LBSU in game one while Hannah De Gaetano added a two-run home run in game two.

"We had some mental and physical errors defensively in game one," said head coach Karen Yoder. "It's hard to win a game in that situation. Defensively, we lost that first game. We had some crucial opportunities that we did not take advantage of in game two. We have to make sure to have more discipline at the plate tomorrow if we want to be successful."

In game one, two of the hottest pitchers in the Big West faced off, as Justine Vela and Taylor Petty started with four scoreless innings each.

Both squads had multiple opportunities, combining to leave 17 runners on base for the game. Vela got out of a jam in the second inning, leaving the bases loaded thanks to a strikeout and a fly out.

The Aggies had a chance to reach the scoreboard in the fourth inning, putting two runners on base with one out. Rachel Miller broke up the no-hitter with a check-swing single followed by an Amy Nunez walk. The Aggies couldn't take advantage however, stranding both runners after two fly outs.

Long Beach State managed to post a run in the top of the fifth on one hit and one error thanks to a Neal RBI single. The 49ers opened up the game in the top of the sixth, adding three unearned runs on three hits and two errors. Long Beach State took advantage of the Aggie miscues with RBI hits from Neal and Jennifer Madigan en route to a 4-0 advantage.

After just two hits in the first six innings, UC Davis looked for some last-minute heroics in the bottom of the seventh. Kelly Schulze started with a lead-off walk and Fan followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence to cut the lead in half. The Aggies also had singles from Wagoner and Cassandra Ginnis in the inning to put two on with two outs. Despite bringing the winning run to the play, the offense was too little too late. A popup ended the inning and sealed a 4-2 victory for Long Beach State.

Vela took the loss for UC Davis, lasting 5.2 innings and allow ing six hits and one earned run while striking out six. Petty improved to 4-1 on the season for the 49ers while Erin Jones-Wesley added her second save of the season after retiring two batters in the seventh.

Game One Box

In game two, the pace picked up for both pitchers, who allowed two hits each through the first six innings.

Kelly Harman had a hit in the bottom of the first but the Aggies were held hitless for the next four innings, putting just one runner on base in that time. UC Davis had its best scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth after a lead-off single up the middle for Wagoner. The Aggies couldn't advance into scoring position however, after a failed sacrifice attempt, a pop up and a strikeout ended the inning.

Long Beach State managed to string three hits together in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs and taking the lead for good. Megan Denio started with a one-out single up the middle, immediately followed by a RBI double from Dana Garcia and a two-run home run for De Gaetano, giving the 49ers a 3-0 advantage.

UC Davis put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a Schulze walk and Fan single to left field. With both runners in scoring position Jones-Wesley closed out the game with her eighth strikeout for the 3-0 win.

Jessica Thweatt took the loss for the Aggies and fell to 4-10 on the season after 6.1 innings, five hits and three runs while striking out six. Jones-Wesley improved to 14-10 for the year in a complete game shutout with just three hits.

Game Two Box

UC Davis will be back in action tomorrow, playing the third game of the series at 12 p.m.