April 22, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Justine Vella tossed her second shutout of the weekend, allowing just two hits and helping the UC Davis softball team take a 3-0 win and series victory over Cal Poly on Sunday at Bob Janssen Field.
The Aggies reached the scoreboard in the top of the first and added two runs in the sixth while riding Vela's nine strikeouts en route to a game-three victory. Heather Zimmerman sent out a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to provide a three-run cushion in the final two frames. Kylie Fan had a RBI hit in the first while Kelly Harman and Chandler Wagner added two hits apiece.
UC Davis won its third Big West series of the season, improving to 18-25 on the year and 8-4 in conference play. Cal Poly dropped to 12-28 on the year with a 4-8 mark in league play.
In the top of the first Cassandra Ginnis walked and Harman singled to center field to put two on with one out. Fan brought home the first run of the game with a RBI single to left field, giving the Aggies an early 1-0 advantage.
Vela had two strikeouts in each of the first three innings, before a no-hitter was broken up in the fourth. Kim Westlund had a lead-off double to right field but a fly out, strike out and ground out got UC Davis out of the inning.
The Aggies started a two-out rally in the top of the sixth thanks to a Mustang error. Zimmerman took advantage, sending a two-run shot over the left field fence to score a pair of unearned runs and make the score 3-0.
Cal Poly had its only other hit in the bottom of the sixth but never advanced the runner into scoring position. Vela closed out the game in the seventh with a ground out, strike out and foul out.
Vela improved to 14-10 on the season after allowing just two hits, one wok and striking out nine. Jordan Yates picked up the loss and fell to 3-10 after lasting 5.2 innings and allowing five hits and one earned run.
Next up, UC Davis will step out of conference play for a midweek game at Stanford on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 6 p.m.