April 29, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis softball team was held to just one run on three hits, despite a solo home run for Rachel Miller, dropping a 2-1 contest to UC Santa Barbara in the Aggies' home season finale on Sunday at La Rue Field.
UC Davis stranded eight runners on base for the game and dropped the third game of the series after sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday. Justine Vela picked up a tough luck loss after striking out ten and allowing just five hits and one earned run.
The Aggies had two hits from JJ Wagoner and home run from Miller but the rest of the team was held hitless. UC Davis fell to 20-26 on the season and 10-5 in Big West play while the Gauchos improved to 24-28 overall with a 9-6 mark in league games.
"We had poor pitch selection today and we didn't have timely hitting like we did yesterday," said head coach Karen Yoder. "We have six games left and we want to come out and battle one pitch at time. We fell short in a couple areas today so we are going to work on that in practice this week to prepare for UOP."
UC Santa Barbara had a hot start at the plate, posting a run in the top of the first on two hits. Kathryn Pilpil had a one-out double, followed by a walk and RBI double off the center field fence for Keilani Jennings. Vela managed to strand two runners in scoring position after two strikeouts but not before the Gauchos took a 1-0 advantage.
UC Davis had two on with one out in the bottom of the third, thanks to a Gaucho error and a Wagoner bunt single. The Aggies couldn't take advantage however, ending the frame on a fly out and strikeout. UC Davis continued to threaten in the bottom of the fourth, putting runners at the corners but failing to reach the scoreboard.
UC Santa Barbara was able to extend its lead in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of an Aggie miscue to score an unearned run. A throwing error allowed Jessica Soria to reach safely with two outs before a walk and RBI single from Allison Taylor scored the run, bringing the score to 2-0.
Miller provided some instant offense in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending a lead-off solo home run over the left field fence to cut the deficit in half. The Aggies couldn't add anymore offense in the inning, making the score 2-1 entering the final frame.
Wagoner had a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh but the offense was too little too late as the Gauchos managed to hang on for a one-run victory.
Vela fell to 15-11 on the season after a complete game with 10 strikeouts and five hits, allowing just one earned run. Shelby Wisdom improved to 19-14 with the win, tossing a complete game three-hitter with five strikeouts.
UC Davis celebrated its five seniors in the final home contest of the season, recognizing Kylie Fan, Kelly Harman, Rachel Miller, Heather Zimmerman and Allison Smith.
The Aggies will be back in action next weekend, traveling to Pacific for a three-game series, starting with a doubleheader on Friday, May 4 at 1 p.m.
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