April 20, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A three-run fifth inning in the second game of Saturday’s Big West doubleheader at Amy S. Harrison Field, highlighted by Christa Castello's two-run double, helped UC Davis snap its four-game slide with a 3-1 win at UC Riverside.
That victory took place after the Aggies fell 8-5 in the day’s opening game to the host Highlanders; Sunday’s rubber game is slated to start at 12 p.m., live stats are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
UC Davis will enter Sunday’s series finale with an 18-23 overall mark and 5-9 Big West record, UC Riverside is now 17-27 and 1-12 respectively.
Cassandra Ginnis started the second game’s only scoring rally with a single down the left field line, eventually advancing to third on back-to-back wild pitches from Riverside starter Alyssa Razo. Joined on base shortly thereafter when Krista Bava drew a walk, Ginnis scored the first run for either team on another Razo wild pitch.
After Kelly Schulze earned a free pass to first on the second of consecutive walks, Castello made the Highlanders pay dearly for their miscues by belting a double down the left field line to drive in both of her teammates.
That hit capped a 3-for-4 effort at the plate for the shortstop and provided UC Davis starter Jessica Thweatt with enough of a cushion to withstand a late scoring push from the Highlanders to secure a 3-1 win.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, and two outs already recorded, Thweatt forced UCR left fielder Ariel Shore to groundout to second baseman Chandler Wagner to end the game, stranding three Highlanders in the process.
Thweatt threw all seven innings to record both her third victory and complete game of the year. In addition to fanning five, the right-hander did not issue a single walk.
Finishing 3-for-3 with two RBI in Gm. 1, Bava followed with one hit in her two at-bats in Gm. 2, also scoring a run.
Bava led her team at the plate in the day’s opening game, one that saw both participants score eight runs combined in the first two innings alone.
After UC Davis uncharacteristically allowed UC Riverside to score three runs in the bottom of the first, the Aggies rebounded to score four runs of their own the very next inning to take their first lead of the day.
Schulze starting that inning’s action by crushing her third home run of the season, a solo shot that cleared the fence in left center, to put the Aggies on the board and trim UCR’s lead to 3-1.
Consecutive singles to left from Castello and Caitlin Voss allowed Bava to tie the game at three apiece when she belted a double, her team-high sixth, to left centerfield.
Initially reaching base on a fielder’s choice before advancing to third on that double, JJ Wagoner scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Wagner to complete the Aggies’ four-run, second-inning rally.
Wagner is now responsible for half of her team’s six sacrifice flies.
The Aggies’ 4-3 lead was short-lived because the Highlanders responded by scoring one run in the bottom half of the inning, adding another four in the fourth to jump out to another sizable lead.
Trailing 8-4, UC Davis cut into UCR’s lead when Wagoner scored on a Wagner’s single, but that was as close as the Aggies came to erasing Riverside’s lead as the Highlanders held on to take Gm. 1 by an 8-5 score.