April 21, 2005
STOCKTON, Calif. - Jennifer Curtier hit two homeruns and drove in three runs as Pacific battled back back from an early deficit in the second game to post a 6-2 win over UC Davis, completing a nonconference softball sweep at Bill Simoni Field on Thursday that began with a 3-1 victory in the opener.
Pacific improved to 24-19 overall while the Aggies dropped to 5-37. The twinbill was a makeup of an earlier doubleheader which was postponed by rain on Feb. 20. Megan De La Hoya, Stacey Benzing and Lauren Pieretti each had hits in both games for UC Davis.
Curtier, whose homeruns give her 14 for the season for a new Pacific single-season record, hit her first round-tripper in the bottom of the first inning, cutting an early 2-0 UC Davis lead in half. She added a two-run homer in the bottom of third, giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Her three RBI's also gave her the program's season record with 48. Three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth increased the Tigers' lead to 6-2.
UC Davis had taken an early 2-0 lead in the first, loading the bases with one out on a bunt single by De La Hoya, a hit batter and a walk. After De La Hoya was retired at the plate on a groundout, the Aggies scored a pair on an infield throwing error. The Aggies had runners reach second three more times in the game but were unable to score any more runs against starter Kristen Allen.
Allen finished with a three-hitter, picking up a pair of strikeouts and walking three. Rachel Kelly started for UC Davis and took the loss, giving way in the third to Lauren Pieretti who went the rest of the way.
In the opener, Pacific took an early 1-0 lead after an RBI single up the middle by Brandi Gordon in the first scored leadoff batter Gina Carbonatto who had also singled. The Tigers held that slim lead until UC Davis tied it in the fifth inning on a two-out single to right by De La Hoya which plated Carie Brueckner from third.
But Pacific would take the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when Curtier doubled to center with one out and then scored on a Gordon's triple to left. Ashlie D'Errico then scored Gordon with a sacrifice fly to left, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Benzing pitched the first three innings for UC Davis, giving up three hits, while walking two and striking out one. Lindsay Tognetti pitched the last three frames and suffered the loss, allowing the final two runs while striking out one and walking none. Alyce Jorgensen improved to 9-9 for Pacific after posting three strikeouts and a walk while scattering four hits.
De La Hoya, Marie Davies, Benzing and Pieretti each had singles for UC Davis.
The Aggies will try to end a 15-game losing streak when they return to action Saturday with a noon doubleheader agains UC Riverside. The doubleheader will be part of a "Strike Out Cancer" fundraiser to benefit the UC Davis Cancer Center.
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