May 10, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Early offense and a near no-hitter from Justine Vela in the first of two Big West games played at La Rue Field Friday afternoon, combined with hot bats swung by UC Davis throughout the day’s second game helped the Aggies earn two victories over Cal Poly by respective scores of 5-2 and 6-4.
The results improved the Aggies’ overall record and league mark to 24-27 and 10-13 respectively while Cal Poly fell to 19-33-1 and 8-15.
UC Davis will seek a weekend sweep in Saturday’s season finale, a game slated to start at 12 p.m.
Prior to first pitch, UC Davis seniors Megan Guzman, Kelly Schulze, Jessica Thweatt and JJ Wagoner will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony, fans are encouraged to arrive to La Rue Field early to secure the best seats possible for Saturday’s pregame event.
The Aggies began Friday’s action by scoring four quick runs in the first inning of Gm. 1, building a lead that was more than enough for Vela to work with throughout her time in the circle.
After C. Guidry touched home plate on Tyler’s hit, Chandler Wagner drove in Gretchen Diekman, who entered the game as a pinch runner for Schulze, and Tyler on a one-out single to left field to give her team a three-run lead.
Even though Castello was thrown out at home later in the inning after UC Davis loaded the bases, the Aggies were still able to tack on another run after Christina Guidry drew a four-pitch walk with Aggies on all bases, forcing Wagner home.
When everything was said and done, UC Davis batted through its lineup and scored four runs on five hits in the first inning of the Friday's first game.
Krista Bava added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run to right, her first as an Aggie, to extend her team’s lead to 5-0.
Recording five strikeouts throughout her six innings thrown, Vela frustrated the Mustangs all afternoon long and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
After striking out Cal Poly pinch hitter Betsy Colburn and right fielder Cami Brown, third baseman Jillian Anderson spoiled Vela’s potential clean sheet by earning the Mustangs’ only hit off the sophomore right-hander.
Instead of possibly posting the Aggies’ first no-hitter in the Division I era, Vela had to settle for her third one-hitter of the year en route to her 15th win.
Earlier in the season, Vela allowed only one hit to Fordham (2/24) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., and Pittsburgh (3/10), also in tournament play, at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Cal Poly was able to scratch out two runs in its final set of at-bats until Thweatt entered the game and recorded the final two outs to earn her first save of the season.
As was the case in Gm. 1, UC Davis was the first team to score in Gm. 2, driving in one run in the second inning and another two in the third.
In the bottom of the second, another single from Castello turned into the Aggies’ first run two batters later when Wagner belted a single to right field. Thrown out in attempt to place herself into scoring position, Castello stepped on the plate long before her teammate recorded the final out of the frame at second base.
The very next inning, C. Guidry and Jasmine Lee reached base on a single to center and a four-pitch walk respectively to create another Aggie scoring opportunity, this time with two outs.
After recording a game-high two hits in the previous contest, Tyler earned her only hit of the second game when she earned her fifth double of the year on a hard-hit line drive that danced down the line in right, scoring both C. Guidry and Lee.
Those three early Aggie runs became even more important as the game continued because the Mustangs matched UC Davis' two-run third and fourth innings with a two-run effort of their own in their half of the fourth and fifth to remain within striking distance.
In an action-packed portion of Gm. 2, fans in attendance saw both teams score seven runs combined throughout the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Shortly after Cal Poly scored twice in the fourth to trim the Aggies' lead to 3-2, Bava hit a single right to drive in Wagoner, who initially reached base with a single of her own. Bava herself scored moments later when Ch. Guidry reached base safely on a single to third.
Leading 5-4 after five innings, UC Davis added an insurance run in the sixth to keep the Mustangs at bay. Scoring UC Davis' cushion-building run was Castello; earning her team-high second RBI of the game with a single to right on that play was Bava.
Fanning four Mustangs against zero walks throughout her six innings pitched, Thweatt earned her fifth victory of the year. Combining efforts with Vela, who entered the game as a reliever in the seventh, recorded all three outs on 14 pitches and earned her first save of the season, UC Davis capped its afternoon with another victory to sweep Friday's games and win its final series of the season.
Leading the way for UC Davis in Gm. 2 was Wagoner who was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scored a run and drove in another.
In addition Bava who finished 2-for-3, with one run and two RBI in Gm. 2, Castello also earned two hits in her three at-bats and was responsible for scoring two of her team’s six runs.