May 7, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. – In the first game of Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader against the Saint Mary’s Gaels, UC Davis starter Dana Cruse gave up only two hits throughout her six innings in the circle en route to a 3-2 Aggie victory. In the second game, UC Davis cut SMC’s two-run lead in half by scoring a run in the fifth and created a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Instead of advancing two runners, the Aggies recorded the final out of the game to leave La Rue Field with a split after falling 2-1.
UC Davis will enter its final games of the season, starting with Friday’s doubleheader against the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine, with a 19-32 overall record and 7-11 mark. Saint Mary’s will continue its road swing with a 23-24 overall record.
Over four scoreless innings passed before the Aggies hung three on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth. Back-to-back doubles to center by Brianna Warner and Amy Nunez were sandwiched between singles from Christina Guidry and Kelly Zboralske; all of UC Davis’ hits and runs earned throughout its hitting clinic were earned with two outs.
Armed with a three-run lead, Cruse did just that as she fanned four batters and held the Gaels hitless throughout a four-inning block of activity. The second batter Cruse faced singled to the shortstop, not one Gael was able to reach base on the freshman right-hander until a two-run homer was hit to pull SMC within one in the top of the sixth.
Cruse completed her outing by forcing SMC first baseman Sarah Lira to ground out to Christa Castello at short to end the inning.
Sophomore southpaw Leah Munden wrapped things up with her relief appearance in the top of the seventh by recording the Gaels in order. By doing so, the Aggies collected a victory with Munden earning her league-high third save in the process.
Munden and freshman right-hander Andrea Reynolds each enter this weekend’s series with three saves apiece; the Aggies are now tied with Cal State Northridge with a conference-high seven team saves
Game two played out in a similar fashion to the day’s opening game with one big difference–roles were flipped as it was the Gaels who scored first and were forced to withstand a late charge to earn the win.
Reaching base on a single in the top of the third, designated player Katelyn Mamizuka scored when the following batter, SMC centerfielder Brittany Sabatini hit a double down the left field line that just bounced fair over the bag at third. Two batters later, the Gaels hit another double to score their second, final, and what soon became the game-winning run.
The Aggies gave themselves a fighting chance to snatch a result from SMC’s clutches on the chain of events that took place in the fifth and seventh innings.
Stealing second after leading off UC Davis’ half of the fifth with a six pitch walk, Cat Guidry raced around the left half of the diamond on Castello’s single to left center.
Down one with two outs recorded in the bottom-half of the seventh, Castello reached scoring position after Castello punched a shot through the middle of the infield; she advance another 60 feet when Warner went opposite and slapped a bouncer of her own through the left side of the diamond.
Shortly thereafter, SMC was able to post that final out to leave Davis with a win of its own.
The final series of 2014 will take place Friday afternoon, at La Rue Field, when UC Davis hosts Hawai’i in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. In addition to live stats links, Joey Kistler will provide a radio simulcast for the Aggies’ final games of the year. Softball fans can listen to Kistler’s call on KDVS (90.3 FM) or online through an internet broadcast; all links for each of the three games are available at ucdavisaggies.com.