April 23, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - Clutch situational hitting helped UC Davis score three runs in its half of the third inning in Wednesday's non-conference game at Bill Simoni Field in Stockton, Calif., to tie the score at three apiece until Pacific scored four in the bottom half of that same frame en route to a 10-4 victory over the Aggies.
UC Davis will return to La Rue Field for its next set of games this weekend against the UC Riverside Highlanders with a 15-28 overall and 4-8 league mark; the Tigers will return to West Coast Conference play with an 18-24 record.
After allowing the first two Tigers to reach base in the opening inning, UC Davis nearly escaped unscathed; with two outs, Pacific shortstop Melanie Habib hit a line drive to the gap in left center that barely cleared the fence to give her team a 3-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the top of the third inning when the Aggies scored three of their own to even the score.
Shortly after Alicia Paine drew an inning-opening walk, she placed herself into scoring position by earning her second stolen base of the year. Advancing to third when Christa Castello dropped a perfectly laid bunt in front of the plate, Paine scored the first UC Davis run when Cat Guidry reached base on a single to center field.
Heads-up baserunning by Guidry placed herself in scoring position after Tiger centerfielder Megan Foglesong threw to third in a futile attempt to nab Castello.
On the first of back-to-back sacrifice flies recorded in as many at-bats, Castello scored the Aggies' second run when Nunez hit a deep fly to right, trimming Pacific's lead by another run in the process.
Kelly Zboralske tested the arm of Pacific's right fielder once again moments later on her fly ball; after moving 60 feet to third on Nunez' swing, Guidry touched home to tie the score at three apiece.
In the Tigers' half of that same inning, UC Davis committed two of its three errors, miscues that allowed Pacific to regain the lead at 4-3 before loading the bases with one out.
On a single down the left field line by Alex Steinmehl, Pacific extended its lead by another two runs before Kimberly Pena threw out the Tigers' catcher at second base on a heads-up play.
Pena cut off Ch. Guidry's throw to the plate then immediately threw to her teammate, Chandler Wagner, at second base. With Steinmehl caught between bases by taking too big a turn at second, UC Davis recorded the inning's second out.
Even though Pacific tacked on another three runs in the bottom of the sixth, the chain of events that took place in the third allowed the Tigers to sweep the season series.
UC Davis will return to La Rue Field for its next set of games beginning with Saturday's doubleheader against the UC Riverside Highlanders. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.