April 27, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. – Through four innings of Sunday’s Big West series finale at La Rue Field, UC Davis pulled within three runs of UC Riverside after scoring back-to-back runs in the third and fourth innings. However, the Highlanders’ early lead held throughout the rest of the game as the Aggies ended their weekend with an 8-2 loss.
UC Davis will enter its next Big West series, at Cal State Fullerton beginning on Saturday, May 3, with a 17-29 overall and 6-9 Big West record. The Highlanders head back to Riverside with records of 22-26 and 3-12.
ESPN3 will broadcast the Aggies’ first two games in Fullerton, Saturday’s doubleheader will start at 4 p.m.
After suffering a sweep in Saturday’s games, UC Riverside jumped on the Aggies early by scoring three runs before UC Davis even stepped in the batter’s box.
By scoring another two runs in the top of the third inning, on three hits and an Aggie error, UCR held a 5-0 lead nearing the midway point of Sunday’s game.
The Aggies scored their first run of the afternoon thanks to Cat Guidry’s situational awareness in the bottom of that same inning. Initially reaching base on a single up the middle, the sophomore outfielder advanced to second base on a free pass earned by Krista Bava before settling at third on Christa Castello’s sacrifice bunt.
On Brianna Warner’s hard-hit bouncer to UCR third baseman Taylor Wright, Guidry returned to the base to eliminate any threat of a double play. Once Taylor Wright threw across the diamond, the Aggies’ speedster immediately sprinted towards the plate. Once an out was recorded on the force at first, Kaylie Atkinson fired home in an attempt to protect her team’s shutout bid. That throw was for naught as Guidry safely slid around the Highlanders’ catcher to score the Aggies' inaugural run.
Lauryn Saunders chopped another run off UCR’s lead thanks to her solo shot that flew over the fence in left center the following frame. In addition to recording her fifth home run of the season, Riverside’s lead decreased to a more manageable three-run margin with three full innings remaining.
UC Davis hit only 10 home runs as a team throughout the 2013 season; the freshman utility player has recorded half of that total herself this year.
Riverside responded in its half of the fifth by scoring three runs; leading 8-2 the Highlanders were able to keep the Aggies at bay throughout the rest of the game and prevented them from scoring another run to ruin UC Davis' intention of recording a weekend sweep.
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