Aggies set new D-I record in Saturday's twinbill

Brianna Warner nailed two Mustangs at the plate during Saturday's 13-inning marathon vs. Cal Poly.
April 29, 2017

Gm. 1 Box Score  |  Gm. 2 Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Fans of both teams competing in Saturday's doubleheader were treated to the longest home game in UC Davis' Division I history when Cal Poly and UC Davis battled for 13 innings at La Rue Field. In that Big West contest, Taylor Peters hit her first home run as an Aggie, a grand slam, to give her team an early lead. But by scoring runs in the sixth and seventh innings, Cal Poly forced extra innings in a matchup that also doubled as the longest game played by the Aggies, home or away, since joining the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season.

Also taking place in the second game were outstanding throws from centerfielder Brianna Warner to her teammate, catcher Alexis Carney, which prevented Cal Poly from scoring on two occasions. 

The first took place in the top of the seventh, when the Mustangs sent Stephanie Heyward home in an attempt to erase its slim deficit. The gamble failed, and Warner recorded the second out of the frame. 

In the following inning, Cal Poly once again waved its runner home, this time in an attempt to break a 7-7 tie. As was the case earlier in the afternoon, Warner one-hopped her throw to Carney, who applied the perfect tag (once again) to record the third out. 

Combined with her throw when the Aggies hosted Cal on Wednesday, Warner is responsible for three jaw-dropping, run-saving efforts this week.

In the bottom of the 10th, UC Davis came inches away from ending the game when Christa Castello's hard-hit fly ball looked as if it would land in the left field gap and roll to the fence. And that would have happened if Cal Poly centerfielder Amanda Sandoval did not stretch out and make a game-saving play with her snowcone catch, preventing Isabella Leon from scoring easliy from second.

The Aggies were snakebitten again by mere inches in the next inning, when Marissa Jauregui hit a shot to deep left center. Instead of recording the game-winner on a home run, as Aggie fans hoped, the ball hit the upper-half of the white tape that stretched from one foul pole to the other along the top of the fence. Instead of circling the bases, Jauregui was forced to settle for a double.

A two-out single, followed by a triple, is how the Mustangs plated the decisive run, capping a sweep of the day's games after topping UC Davis, 8-0 in the series opener. 

UC Davis will enter Sunday's 12 p.m. weekend finale with an 18-29 overall and 3-11 Big West record; Cal Poly is now 31-15 and 7-7.

Cal Poly 8, UC Davis 7 (Gm. 2/13 inn.)
Cal Poly............. 020 002 300 000 1 - 8 17 1 (31-15, 7-7 BWC)
UC Davis............ 700 000 000 000 0 - 7 14 0 (18-29, 3-11 BWC)
Pitchers: Cal Poly - Chalmers, Lindsey; Best, Steffi(1); Hyland, Sierra(7) and Yakir, Noa;
Young, Makenna. UC Davis - Kibby, Katie; Mendoza, Frankie(2); Reynolds, Andrea(7) and
Carney, Alexis.
Win-Hyland, Sierra(19-10) Loss-Reynolds, Andrea(6-15) T-3:50 A-344
HR CP - Martin, Hailey (2).
HR UCD - Peters, Taylor (1).
Weather: 80 degrees, NNW 11 MPH
Kibby, K. faced 3 batters in the 2nd.

Cal Poly 8, UC Davis 0 (Gm. 1)
Cal Poly............. 000 004 4 - 8 9 0 (30-15, 6-7 BWC)
UC Davis............ 000 000 0 - 0 5 1 (18-28, 3-10 BWC)
Pitchers: Cal Poly - Hyland, Sierra and Young, Makenna; Garcia, Alejandra. UC Davis -
Reynolds, Andrea; Cadona, Sara(7); Mendoza, Frankie(7) and Carney, Alexis.
Win-Hyland, Sierra(18-10) Loss-Reynolds, Andrea(6-14) T-1:57 A-0
HR CP - Tyler, Courtney (2).
Weather: 74 degrees, N 17 MPH