Thorpe claims 300th career win as Aggies split

April 14, 2018

Box Score - Game 1 | Box Score - Game 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- UC Davis head coach Erin Thorpe reached a pair of milestones on Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, clinching her 300th career win and her 250th at the Division I level after her Aggies split a pair of 1-0 pitching duels as part of a Big West Conference doubleheader against Cal Poly at Bob Janssen Field.

The split moved the Aggies to 22-15 overall on the season and 4-4 in league play, matching their win total from all of last season and putting the team just four victories shy of the program's Division I record for wins (26) set in 2010. The Mustangs, meanwhile, moved to 18-19 overall on the year and 2-6 in league play.

Thorpe, who accumulated 50 wins at Division III Whittier College from 2003-07 before racking up 173 career wins as the first-ever head coach at Boise State from 2009-14, won her 77th game at the helm of the UC Davis program on Saturday.

UC Davis scored the only run it would need after sending seven batters to the plate and loading the bases with two outs in the first inning to win the nightcap on Saturday. A fielder's choice, a single by Riley Siegel, and a Frankie Mendoza hit by pitch, set the stage for sophomore Maddie Rojas, whose ground ball to the right side was mishandled by her counterpart at first base, allowing teammate Isabella Leon to scamper home from third for the 1-0 lead.

That was more than enough for sophomore right-hander Katie Kibby (9-6), who faced just two batters over the minimum and did not allow a runner to reach second base, scattering three hits and retiring 11 consecutive hitters from the third to seventh innings en route to the win.

The shutout on just 74 pitches was the fifth of the year for the managerial economics major -- and her third in her last four starts -- putting her one shy of her total from all of last season and moving her into a three-way tie for fourth on the school's Division I single-season list for that category.

Meanwhile, Kibby's 11th career shutout broke a tie with Jessica Hancock for second on the program's Division I career list, putting her just six shy of Justine Vela (2012-15) for the top spot. Vela also holds the program's single-season Division I mark with nine shutouts in 2012.

Cal Poly freshman Dakota Casper (1-7) suffered the loss, allowing the unearned run on five hits and striking out two over seven innings.

Freshman Alyse Rojas finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, good enough for her team-best 16th multi-hit game of the season, while Leon and Mendoza joined Siegel in the hit column. Siegel, who was hit by a pitch in game one, has now reached base safely in each of her last eight games -- the longest active streak by an Aggie.

The victory was a nice way to bounce back after dropping the opener by a 1-0 score thanks to the right arm of Mustangs' senior Lindsey Chalmers (13-7), who faced just two over the minimum and tossed her first career no-hitter. She retired the first 12 batters she faced before an error broke up the perfect game in the fifth, and she worked out of trouble in the seventh after hitting Siegel with a pitch and walking Leon with two outs, getting a strikeout to end the game.

Brooke Yanez (12-6) struck out four and scattered just three hits while going the distance in the loss, logging her 17th complete game in 18 starts and stranding five runners on base for the game -- including four in scoring position and three at third base to keep her team close.

Her 17th complete game ranks in a tie for third on the program's Division I single-season list alongside Vela and her 2013 total. Hancock holds the Division I program record with 29 during the 2008 campaign.

The Mustangs came up with the only run of the game in the third as Alejandra Garcia was hit by a pitch, pinch runner Sarah Wulff moved to second on a passed ball, was sacrificed to third, and scored on Chelsea Convissar's double to the gap in left centerfield for the 1-0 advantage.

UC Davis and Cal Poly wrap up their three-game series with a single game on Sunday (April 15) at 1 p.m.

Cal Poly 1, UC Davis 0 (Apr 14, 2018 at San Luis Obispo, CA) (Game 1)
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UC Davis............ 000 000 0 -  0  0  1      (21-15, 3-4 Big West)
Cal Poly............ 001 000 X -  1  3  1      (18-18, 2-5 Big West)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley. Cal Poly - Chalmers and Young.
Win - Chalmers (13-7)  Loss - Yanez, Brooke (12-6)  T-1:33  A-257
Weather: Warm, high 70s at first pitch.

UC Davis 1, Cal Poly 0 (Apr 14, 2018 at San Luis Obispo, CA) (Game 2)
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UC Davis............ 100 000 0 -  1  5  0      (22-15, 4-4 Big West)
Cal Poly............ 000 000 0 -  0  3  2      (18-19, 2-6 Big West)
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Pitchers: UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Siegel, Riley. Cal Poly - Casper and Young.
Win - Kibby, Katie (9-6)  Loss - Casper (1-7)  T-1:34  A-257
Weather: Warm, high 70s at first pitch.

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