Miller Explodes In Game One As Aggies Split At Pacific

Justine Vela had 11 strikeouts in game one and four in game two

May 4, 2012

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Rachel Miller was 4 for 4 in game one with three doubles and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double in the top of the seventh while Justine Vela added 11 strikeouts to help the UC Davis softball team take a 6-4 win in game one before Pacific held on for a 1-0 victory in game two on Friday at Bill Simoni Field.

UC Davis tied a season high in conference games with 11 hits in game one. Three Aggies had three multi-hit games, led by Miller's career-high four hits. Cassandra Ginnis had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI in game one while Kylie Fan posted two hits.

The Tigers turned the tables in game two, allowing just three hits behind Tori Shepard's complete game shutout. UC Davis moved to 21-27 overall with the split and 11-6 mark in Big West games while Pacific holds a 33-17 overall mark and a 12-5 league record.

In game one, Vela record double-digit strikeouts for the 12th time on the season and the seventh time in conference play while Miller exploded at the plate to lead the Aggies.

Vela allowed a pair of runners to reach base in the bottom of the first after a single and a walk but added three strikeouts to get out of the inning.

Miller started the top of the second with a lead-off double, finding the gap in left center for the first Aggie hit of the day. UC Davis couldn't take advantage however, ending the inning on a pop up, foul out and groundout.

Vela continued to mow down the Tiger batters in the first three innings, adding seven strikeouts in the first three frames, including a one-two-three inning in the third.

The Aggies managed to light up the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth, using two hits and a walk to score a pair of runs. Ginnis started with a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Miller sent out her second double in as many at bats, this time scoring the first run of the game. JJ Wagoner added a RBI single through the left side to bring home Miller, putting UC Davis on top 2-0.

The Aggies extended their lead in the top of the seventh, posting four runs on five hits and one Pacific miscue. Amy Nunez started with a one-out single through the right side followed by a Heather Zimmerman pinch-hit single. A Tiger error loaded the bases with one out before Ginnis scored the first run on a RBI single to left field. Miller stayed hot and capped off a career game, sending a bases-clearing double to right center to bring home three unearned runs and give the Aggies a 6-0 advantage.

Pacific started a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits and one error but the offense was too little too late. Megan Hom had the only RBI hit, as the other three runs came across on a error, walk and a groundout. Jessica Thweatt relieved Vela the bases loaded and one out, registering a groundout and a strikeout to seal the win.

Vela threw 6.1 innings, improving to 17-11 after allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out 11. Thweatt closed out the game to earn her second save of the season. Nikki Armagost took the loss and dropped to 11-7 on the year after a complete game with 11 hits and three earned runs.

In game two, Thweatt started off hot in the circle but was forced to leave the game after taking a line drive off her leg in the bottom of the second. She struck out four batters in the first two innings before Vela took over in the third frame.

UC Davis threatened in the top of the fourth, putting runners at the corners but failing to reach the scoreboard. Kelly Harman had a bunt single and was able to advance to third on a throwing error. Miller added  walk to put two on with one out but the Aggies lined out into a double play to end the inning.

Pacific was able to take a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, using two hits to post the only score of the game. Megan Allen had a lead-off double to right center and advanced to third on a sacrifice hit. Gabby Goyette immediately followed with a RBI single to center field to put the Tigers on top 1-0.

Miller tried to spark the offense again in the top of the seventh, sending a lead-off single through the left side. UC Davis couldn't manage anymore hits however, as the Tigers held on for the 1-0 win.

Vela took the tough luck loss to drop to 17-12 on the season, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and just one earned run. Shepard improved to 12-4 on the season after a complete game with no runs and three hits.

The Aggies will be back in action tomorrow, playing the third game of the series at 10 a.m.