April 20, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored seven runs in the first two innings on its way to a 7-4 victory over UC Riverside, Sunday afternoon, in a Big West Conference softball game at La Rue Field. Sarah O'Neill and Erin Emde each homered for the Aggies, and Deanna Menapace added run-scoring doubles in each of the first two innings. The win improves UC Davis to 20-30 on the year and 5-7 in the Big West. UC Riverside dropped to 18-27 overall and 4-8 in the conference. The Aggies have now won their last two Big West series.
UC Davis did most of its damage in the bottom of the first. Jessica Gonzalez singled with one out, and Julie Stauder reached on an error. The set up the first of Menapace's doubles as she laced a shot to center field to drive in both Gonzalez and Stauder to put UC Davis up 2-0.
O'Neill followed with a long home run to left field, giving the Aggies a 4-0 lead. It two-run shot was the senior's fourth homer of the year. One out later, Emde delivered a solo homer down the left field line to make it 5-0.
The Highlanders scored a run in the top of the second before the Aggies added two more in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Gonzalez was hit by a pitch. Stauder followed with an RBI-double, and Menapace did the same to give UC Davis a 7-1 lead.
It stayed that way until the sixth inning as Kristie Martinez led off with a home run to cut the deficit to 7-2. Another run came home on a passed ball before consecutive groundouts drove in a run each, pulling UCR within 7-4.
In the seventh, the Highlanders made a bid for more runs as the first two batters reached on walks, followed by a single to load the bases with no outs. The next three hitters were retired by a force out at home, a strikeout and a foul pop.
UC Davis outhit UC Riverside, 7-4. Menapace and Emde each finished 2-for-3. Gonzalez and Stauder scored two runs apiece.
Jessica Hancock picked up her 14th victory of the season and pitched a total of six innings. She started and went into the sixth inning before being relieved by Alex Holmes. Hancock then came back in the seventh to get the final three outs. She allowed four runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Christin Songer, who threw a four-hit shutout against the Aggies on Saturday, suffered the loss.
"I was very proud of the team," said UC Davis head coach Karen Yoder. "They came out and attacked Songer. She did a good job against us (on Saturday) and shut us down, and we came out with a resiliency today and put seven runs up. We just have to do a better job in the circle of shutting the door."
UC Davis is next in action when it hosts UC Santa Barbara next weekend in a three-game series at La Rue Field.