Vela Shutout Leads Aggies In Split At Cal Poly

Rachel Miller brought home three out of four runs in game one for the Aggies

April 21, 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Justine Vela tossed a three-hit shutout in game one, complete with 10 strikeouts to lead the UC Davis softball team in a 4-0 win at Cal Poly before the Mustangs bounced back with a 7-2 game two victory on Saturday at Bob Janssen Field.

Rachel Miller tallied a hit in each game, including a two-RBI double and sacrifice fly in game one to lead the Aggies at the plate. Megan Guzman registered two hits and two runs scored in game one while Cassandra Ginnis tallied a combined two hits, two runs scored and a RBI.

UC Davis moved to 17-25 on the season with a 7-4 mark in Big West games while Cal Poly completed the day with a 12-27 overall record and 4-7 league record.

In game one, the Aggies posted an early lead that would never be tested after two runs in the top of the first.

Guzman started the game with a lead-off double up the middle and advanced to third on an error. Miller brought home the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field. Kylie Fan made it a 2-0 advantage for UC Davis thanks to a RBI double down the left field line.

Vela struck out the side in the bottom of the first and managed seven strikeouts in the first three innings while retiring all nine batters in order.

The Aggies added two more runs in the top of the fifth on four hits. Chandler Wagner had a lead-off single followed by Guzman and Ginnis singles that put two on with no outs. Miller brought home both runners with a double to left center, making the score 4-0.

Cal Poly managed to break up the no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth on a Celina Lafrades single through the left side. The Mustangs had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh inning but Vela added three more strikeouts in that time to seal the shutout.

Vela improved to 13-10 on the season after allowing just three hits and three walks. Jordan Yates took the loss and dropped to 3-9 after a complete game with three earned runs and seven hits. 

Game One Box

In game two, Cal Poly found some offense and took advantage of four UC Davis miscues en route to the split.

The Mustangs started with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first, thanks to RBI hits from Mariah Cochiolo and Lafrades.

The Aggies reached the scoreboard in the top of the third, posting one run on three hits but stranding two. Amy Nunez and Wagner had back-to-back single to put two on with no outs before a Ginnis RBI single up the middle score the run.

Cal Poly was able to extend its lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on one hit and two errors. UC Davis had consecutive errors with one out and Nicole Lund took advantage with a two-RBI double.

The Aggies answered with one run in the sixth but the Mustangs put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Jessica Thweatt took the loss for UC Davis after lasting 4.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits. Chloe Wurst threw a complete game for the win and after seven hits and two runs.

Game Two Box

The Aggies will look to take the third game of the series tomorrow, playing in a 12 p.m. contest.