May 8, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Michell Vlahos had a home run, a double and knocked in five runs in the second game on Sunday afternoon as Utah State held on to defeat visiting UC Davis 9-8, completing a nonconference softball sweep against the Aggies after winning the opener 9-2.
UC Davis, playing its first NCAA Division I schedule, finished the season with a 7-47 record. Utah State improved to 22-27. The Aggies versus Aggies matchup was originally scheduled for three games but rain washed away Saturday's opener and that matchup will not be made up.
Lindsay Tognetti had a pair of hits, including a double, in the opener while catcher Megan Turman knocked in a pair of runs. In the second game, Turman finished with two hits, including a three-run home run. Amy Schaible had a three-run homer in the opener to help lead Utah State while Jessica Garnett earned the save by pitching the final 2.1 innings of the nightcap.
Vlahos had a three-run home run to left in Utah State's four-run second inning in the second game and then came back two innings later with a two-run double to left as the Aggies tacked on five more runs for a 9-6 lead after UC Davis had taken a brief lead. Stacey Benzing had an RBI single in the fifth as UC Davis cut the deficit to a pair before loading the bases with just one in the seventh. Benzing added a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to just 9-8 but Garnett was able to get Rachel Kelly to ground out to end the rally and the game.
Nikki Sheldon singled in two runs in the first inning as UC Davis took a quick 2-0 lead in the second game. Trailing 4-2 after Utah State scored four times in the second, UC Davis mounted a four-run rally of its own in the third as Turman highlighted the frame with a three-run homer to left-center field that scored Sheldon and Tognetti. Tognetti opened the scoring that inning with an RBI single which plated junior Megan De La Hoya.
Heather Straight gave up seven runs and nine hits and walked three but was able to earn the win for Utah State, improving to 4-7. Tognetti allowed Utah State's first seven runs before Lauren Pieretti took over in the fourth. Benzing pitched the final two innings.
De La Hoya, Ashley Johnson, Tognetti and Turman each had a pair of hits for UC Davis with Johnson collecting a double in the Aggies' 11-hit attack. Candice Hatch finished 3-for-4 with a double for Utah State, while Garnett and Kelly Leos also had two-baggers.
Utah State scored all the runs it needed in the opener in the third inning, picking up six runs on four hits and an error against UC Davis starter Rachel Kelly. Vlahos and Sara Fleming each had two-run hits for the Aggies during the rally with Fleming getting hers with a double to left. Schaible's three-run homer in the fourth staked Utah State to a 9-0 advantage before Turman singled to center in the fifth, scoring Sheldon and Tognetti and trimming Utah State's lead to 9-2.
Kelly dropped to 5-18 with the loss while Leslie Higley improved to 14-10. Tognetti led UC Davis with two hits, including a double, while Sheldon, Kelly and Marci Hill also had hits. Kelly doubled for hers. Quela Leonhardt had a trio of hits among Utah State's 11 total hits.
The one-run loss in the nightcap marked the 19th time this season that UC Davis had been involved in a one-run decision.