May 4, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. – Trailing 3-0 after two innings, UC Davis scored eight unanswered runs throughout a two-inning stretch in Sunday’s Big West series from Anderson Field in Fullerton, Calif., to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 9-6, in the Titans’ final home game of the season.
In addition to spoiling Fullerton’s senior day, the Aggies improve to 18-31 overall and 7-11 in league play. Sunday’s result drops CSUF to 30-21-1 and 10-8 respectively.
Saturday’s doubleheader featured numerous scoring sprees from both teams throughout the day; Sunday’s contest was no different as the Titans kicked things off by scoring twice in the first inning, and again in the second.
Trailing 3-0, Christina Guidry chopped that lead in a hurry when she turned on a 2-1 pitch and hit a shot over the fence in left field. Besides scoring the Aggies’ first runs of the day, Guidry’s first career home run also drove in her sister, Cat, who reached base the previous at-bat on a single to the pitcher.
“I knew I made solid contact when I hit the ball, I had no idea it would land on the other side of the fence,” said Ch. Guidry following the game. When I turned second, I saw my teammates circle the plate and could not contain myself when I scored.”
Ch. Guidry sported a mile-wide smile from third base to home.
After preventing the Titans from scoring for the first time in the bottom of the third, the entire UC Davis dugout soon sported ear-to-ear grins after scoring six runs in their half of the fourth.
Lauryn Saunders led-off the fourth inning with her opposite-field shot to right center that easily cleared the fence.
Hit by a pitch in the following at-bat, Chandler Wagner was soon joined on base by C. Guidry who beat shortstop Gabby Aragon’s throw to first base. After Wagner advanced to third on that single, C. Guidry soon placed herself in scoring position after stealing second. When the Titans intentionally walked Christa Castello to create a force-out situation on every base, Kimberly Pena strolled to the plate to pinch hit for Brianna Warner.
With the bases loaded, Pena made Fullerton pay for not pitching to her teammate by blasting a shot to Aragon. Unable to corral the ground ball, Pena reached first moments after Wagner scored.
One of the fastest players on the team, C. Guidry saw all the action unfold in front of her as she rounded third and never broke stride. Before the Titans figured out C. Guidry’s intentions, she too touched the dish to score.
Amy Nunez, the next Aggie batter, broke the game wide open three pitches into her at-bat. On a 1-1 count, Nunez nearly hit the cover of the ball when she ripped a shot towards the scoreboard in left. Everyone in attendance immediately knew that Nunez’ blast would easily clear the fence, people just waited, and watched to see if her fourth home run of the season would ricochet off the video board.
Even though CSUF pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom half of that same inning to pull within two at 8-6, UC Davis responded by scoring another run in the top of the fifth.
On the second pitch thrown her way, Saunders hit another one over the fence with a little help from the fence itself.
Unable to catch up to the Aggie catcher’s hard-hit fly ball to the gap in right, Fullerton centerfielder Carissa Turang had the best seat in the house to witness Saunders’ blast bounce off the protective tubing that covered the top of the fence, and trickle out of play.
Saturday’s games saw the Aggies and Titans score a combined 24 runs, Saunders’ second home run capped a 15-run effort put forth by both teams in the series finale.
Outside of one pitch in the bottom of the fourth, UC Davis reliever Andrea Reynolds kept Fullerton’s batters guessing, incorrectly for a majority of her appearance, as she allowed only four additional hits throughout her five full innings in the circle.
Before the 2014 season ends on Saturday, May 10, La Rue Field will host the Aggies’ final five games beginning with Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader against Saint Mary’s. First pitch between the Gaels and Aggies is scheduled for 1 p.m.