May 5, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Oregon scored four times in the top of the seventh for a 4-0 win in the opener while Beth Boskovich had a solo home run in a 4-0 win in the nightcap, as the Ducks limited UC Davis to just three hits in a nonconference doubleheader sweep at La Rue Field on Friday afternoon.
UC Davis, playing its final home games of the season, fell to 7-45 on the season while Oregon improved to 31-19. Nikki Sheldon had a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning of the first game to spoil a no-hit bid by Alicia Cook while Ashley Johnson doubled in the second game for the Aggies.
Oregon and UC Davis were knotted in a highly competitive scoreless tie heading into the seventh inning of the opener but the Ducks put runners at first and second with one out. Following an infield out at third, shortstop Breanne Sabol tripled to right field to score Lovena Chaput and Suzie Barnes with the game's first two runs. Catcher Ashley Richards followed with a double to left-center field two batters later for two more runs and a 4-0 lead.
The game had been a pitcher's duel between Cook and Aggie starter Rachel Kelly for the first six innings with Kelly allowing just five hits prior to to seventh and Cook allowing none. Kelly highlighted her stint by getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth. A grounder to Sheldon at third got the first out at the plate while a strikeout and fly to center recorded the other two.
Cook got the first two outs in the last half of the seventh but Sheldon doubled to deep center, breaking up the no-hit bid. It was Sheldon's ninth double of the year. Cook finished with six strikeouts and a walk, improving to 10-6. Kelly had six strikeouts and two walks, falling to 5-17.
Sabol and designated player Kristi Jorgensen each had a pair of hits for the Ducks in the opener.
The teams worked another scoreless matchup through the first three innings of the nightcap before first baseman Joanna Gail's single through the left side scored Jorgensen in a two-run fourth. An infield error allowed the second run to score. Boskovich then added her team-leading sixth home run of the year to lead off the fifth while Erin Goodell had a run-scoring single in the seventh for a 4-0 advantage.
UC Davis picked up an early double by Johnson in the first inning but didn't get another hit until De La Hoya - whose season-best 10-game hitting streak was stopped in the first game - singled to center in the sixth. Amy Harris had six strikeouts and no walks in her five innings of work for Oregon while Lindsey Kontra earned her first save by allowing just one hit over the final two innings.
Lauren Pieretti pitched the middle four innings for the Aggies, scattering seven hits and allowing just two earned runs, but took the loss and fell to 0-4. Harris is 15-10.
Despite the losses, the doubleheader provided UC Davis with another opportunity to face tough competition in its first year of playing an NCAA Division I schedule. They are opportunities, head coach Karen Matteson said, that are key to the transition from Division II to Division I.
"For us to play competitive opponents gives us an excellent gauge of where we want to be," she said.
Matteson added the Aggies, who have played one-run games during more than a third of their schedule, played tough again on Thursday.
"I'm just so proud of the team," she said. "They battled well in both games."
The game also marked the final home matchup for catcher Megan Turman, the team's lone senior and a member of the 2003 NCAA Division II Championship. Turman is the program's all-time steal leader.
UC Davis will conclude its season with a three-game series at Utah State this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday before playing a single-game matchup on Sunday.