Aggies snakebitten in Sunday's series finale

Meghan Bradbury and Alexis Carney (pictured) recorded all the hits for UC Davis in Sunday's Big West series finale vs. UC Riverside.
April 24, 2016

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Meghan Bradbury hit a triple in the bottom of the fifth inning in Sunday’s Big West Conference game between UC Davis and UC Riverside, at La Rue Field, which allowed Kelly Zboralske to score from first base and chop the Aggies’ two-run deficit in half. In an attempt to throw Bradbury out at third, Highlander third baseman Alexis Lockwood could not handle the throw from her teammate in center, and allowed the ball to roll into foul territory, providing the Aggies’ second baseman all the opportunity needed to race home and tie the game at 2-2.

Unfortunately for UC Davis, the Highlanders scored one run in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, and snapped the tie for good en route to a 4-2 victory.

UC Davis will now head to Cal on Tuesday, and enter that doubleheader with a 14-25 overall and 3-9 Big West record. UC Riverside will return home with records of 31-14-1 and 7-5.

After watching the Aggies tie the game at 2-2, the Highlanders took advantage of four walks and a passed ball in the following frame to regain its lead by a 3-2 margin.

Even though the Aggies were unable to pull even during its next set of plate appearances, it was a play that took place in the top of the seventh that ultimately sealed the result for UC Riverside.

After designated player Courtney Ploesch reached first on a walk, Stephanie Tickmyer, the very next batter, hit a line drive to left center. From the moment it left the bat, left fielder Alicia Paine sprinted towards the gap before stretching out to make a play on the ball. Now parallel to the ground, Paine was unable to make the catch by mere inches; even though the Highlanders scored on the play, the Aggie faithful still showed their appreciation for Paine’s effort — a remarkable one since she needed to cover a vast amount of real estate in an attempt to record the third out of the inning.


 

 

That play marked the second occasion in Sunday’s game that just a handful of inches separated UCR from recording a run, or the third out of the inning.

In the top of the fifth, a two-out fly ball was hit to deep center; noticing that Jenna Curtan wanted to stretch a single into a potential double, Warmer threw a line drive to her teammate at second. The throw, an accurate one, would draw a negative reaction from half the crowd, since the ball and the runner met within a fraction of a second from one another. Noticing that her teammate was safe on the play, Haley Harris sprinted towards home plate once she realized that Warner’s throw was heading towards second.

UC Davis will return to action on Tuesday, April 26, when softball travels down I-80 to face Cal for its final non-conference games of the season. First pitch at Levine-Fricke Field is set for 2 p.m., live stats links for each game are available at ucdavisaggies.com.



UC Riverside 4, UC Davis 2 
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UC Riverside........ 010 011 1 - 4 8 1 (31-14-1, 7-5 BWC)
UC Davis.............. 000 020 0 - 2 3 0 (14-25, 3-9 BWC)
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Pitchers: UC Riverside - Tayler Misfeldt and Chelsey Holley. UC Davis - Reynolds, Andrea;
Cadona, Sara(3); Vela, Justine(6); Munden, Leah(7) and Carney, Alexis; McInnes, Taiya.
Win-Tayler Misfeldt(20-10) Loss-Vela, Justine(0-4) T-2:11 A-392
Weather: 70 degrees, partly cloudy