April 19, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - What started with a hit batter ended with a sacrifice fly in Saturday's Big West series finale at La Rue Field as UC Santa Barbara scored the game's only run to defeat UC Davis, 1-0.
UC Davis will now enter Wednesday's non-conference game at Pacific with a 15-27 overall and 4-8 league mark, UCSB ends its weekend with a 28-17 and 8-4 record.
Saturday's result is the only blemish for UC Davis in what became a pitchers' duel between Aggie right-hander Dana Cruse, and Gaucho starter Shelby Wisdom.
Even though Cruse suffered the loss, the freshman pitched an outstanding game, as UCSB was able to record only three hits against the Aggies. Unlike Cruse's previous appearance in the series opener, she did not walk a batter the entire game.
"Give UCSB credit, but (Dana) Cruse pitched a remarkable game. Unlike her yesterday's appearance where she walked six in 4.1 innings, she reacted well to the strike zone she was given and made the necessary adjustments," said UC Davis head coach Karen Yoder following the game.
Cruse did not allow a hit throughout the final three frames.
After five scoreless innings, it was the Gauchos who turned a leadoff hit-by-pitch into the game-winning run when right fielder Arianna Palomares' fly ball to center was deep enough to score her teammate, Stacy Cavazos.
Initially plunked on the elbow, Cavazos stole second before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Reaching base safely in the third and sixth innings, Aggie left fielder Cat Guidry led all players with two hits in her three at-bats. Also recording hits for the Aggies in the third and fourth innings were Alicia Paine and Lauryn Saunders.
Aggie softball also hosted its annual fundraising and awareness campaign, Strike Out Cancer, throughout Saturday's game; in addition to UC Davis Athletics staff member, and cancer survivor Lauren Tehrani's first pitch, representatives from the Triumph Cancer Foundation were in attendance.
A non-profit organization based in Sacramento, Triumph designs 12-week strength and fitness programs for individuals who have completed cancer treatments. Through its efforts, Triumph helps patients reduce the severity of side effects suffered through treatment and helps design in-home regimens once indivudials complete their program.
In addition to fans from both teams who were clad in a similar shade, UC Davis donned pink uniforms to show support and help raise awareness when the team took the field Saturday afternoon.
UC Davis will travel to Stockton to face Pacific at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, before returning home to host UC Riverside next weekend.