April 17, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - In a split series that began with a doubleheader last week, UC Davis dropped Wednesday afternoon's Big West series finale at La Rue Field against the Pacific Tigers 6-0 in the final head-to-head conference matchup between the teams.
Pacific will become the newest member of the West Coast Conference this summer.
With the loss, UC Davis falls to 17-22 with a 4-8 league record while Pacific improves to 26-20 and 11-4.
The Tigers built a four-run lead by scoring a once in the first and third innings, and twice in the fifth - all unearned runs due to miscues committed by UC Davis.
In addition to a passed ball, the Aggies committed three errors throughout the afternoon.
That lead could have been a larger one had it not been for the fourth-inning pitching prowess of UC Davis starter Justine Vela.
Pacific started that inning's action with a leadoff bunt followed by a wild pitch that moved the runner another 60 feet into scoring position. With a Tiger second base and zero outs recorded, Vela struckout Megan Allen and Alex Steinmehl swinging before forcing Alexi Johnson to end the inning, and a potential Pacific scoring opportunity, with a groundout to Aggie shortstop Christa Castello.
Vela ended her day with nine strikeouts.
The Tigers tacked on another two insurance runs in their half of the seventh, pushing the score to its final 6-0 margin to take the series.
Entering Wednesday's series finale, UC Davis and Pacific split their previous eight games played against one another.
Pacific starting pitcher Nikki Armagost led her team and helped her own cause by recording hits in all three of her at-bats, also driving in three RBI to earn the win.
Jasmine Lee and Krista Bava were responsible for the Aggies' two hits; the former hit a shot that split Pacific's first and second basemen before rolling to a stop in right field with the latter reaching base on a hard-hit line drive to centerfield in her seventh-inning pinch-hit opportunity.
UC Davis will return to the road for a three-game series at UC Riverside starting with Saturday's 12 p.m. doubleheader at Amy S. Harrison Field. Live stats for all three games are available at ucdavisaggies.com.