April 21, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Krista Bava's two-out single to left in Sunday's Big West Conference game at Amy S. Harrison Field drove in the only run of the day as UC Davis defeated UC Riverside 1-0 to take the weekend series.
The win in the rubber game improved the Aggies' record to 19-23 overall and 6-9 in league play while the Highlanders fall to 17-28 and 1-13.
Including Sunday's score, UC Davis has won nine of the last 12 head-to-head meetings and is 8-4 in its 12 road games against UC Riverside since joining the Big West Conference in 2007.
In addition to Bava's clutch swing, UC Davis starter Justine Vela threw another gem for her team as UCR recorded just two hits off the Aggies' ace throughout the afternoon.
Vela also struckout three and allowed only one walk.
A leadoff single up the middle from Chandler Wagner started the action in the Aggies' half of the seventh inning, one that saw Jasmine Lee advance her teammate to second on a groundout before the Aggie second baseman stole third to place herself only 60 feet away from breaking a scoreless tie.
That opportunity would come to fruition moments later when Bava recorded the Aggies' fifth, and final hit of the day, driving in Wagner on a single to left.
In addition to earning her sixth, Wagner's stolen base was the Aggies 61st of season, breaking a five-year-old mark originally set by the 2008 team. Throughout that year, UC Davis stole 60 bags - a total that remained untouched until Sunday's game.
Beginning this Saturday against Cal State Fullerton, the 2013 team has 10 additional opportunities to further enhance its total.
Needing only three outs to secure her team-high 12th win, Vela forced Ashley Ercolano to hit a line drive straight to Kayla Tyler at third, struckout Marissa Escalante swinging and induced pinch hitter Kaylie Atkinson to hit a pop fly to Kelly Schulze at first to end the game.
UC Davis will return to La Rue Field on Saturday, April 27, for its next Big West series against Cal State Fullerton. On that same day, Aggie Softball will host its ninth-annual Strike Out Cancer, an event designed to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. Held in conjunction with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's nationwide cancer-awareness campaign, all proceeds collected that afternoon will benefit the UC Davis Cancer Center.