May 5, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Kelly Harman posted three hits, including two RBI doubles while Justine Vela tossed a complete game shutout with just four hits as the UC Davis softball team took a 3-0 win and a series victory at Pacific on Saturday morning at Bill Simoni Field.
The Aggies knocked off the league-leading Tigers to take a tentative hold on first place in the Big West. UC Davis improved to 22-27 overall with a with a 12-6 mark in league play while Pacific dropped to 33-18 overall and 12-6 in conference games.
UC Davis had a consistent attack at the plate, scoring single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. Harman was perfect at the plate with three hits, one walk, one run scored and two RBIs while Cassandra Ginnis added a hit, two runs scored and a walk.
Vela reached double-digit strikeouts again, retiring 10 Tiger batters on strikes and allowing four walks.
UC Davis managed to take an early lead, getting started at the plate with one run in the top of the first on two hits. Ginnis reached base on an infield single and Harman immediately followed with a RBI double down the right field line to bring Ginnis home and give the Aggies a 1-0 advantage.
Pacific looked to answer with a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first after two walks and a sacrifice hit. Vela responded with a pair of strikeouts to end the frame and keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.
Harman continued to pace the UC Davis offense in the top of the third, putting the Aggies on top 2-0 after a walk and a hit. Ginnis had a lead-off walk before Harman followed with a RBI double down the left field line, her second extra base RBI of the game.
UC Davis continued to add on to the lead in the top of the fifth, posting one run on two hits and an error. Harman stayed perfect at the plate with a one-out single to left center followed by a Rachel Miller walk. Kelly Schulze provided a clutch two-out single to center field before the Aggies took advantage of a Pacific error on the throw home, scoring an unearned run and taking a 3-0 advantage.
Vela managed to close out the game from there, allowing a hit in each of the sixth and seventh innings but stranding both runners with three strikeouts in that time.
Vela improved to 18-12 on the season with the win, allowing just four hits while striking out 10. Dani Bonnet took the loss and dropped to 10-7 on the season after a complete game with seven hits and two earned runs.
UC Davis will close out the regular season next weekend, bidding for a conference championship and playing a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton, starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.