May 10, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Trailing 2-0 with two outs in the seventh inning of Saturday's season finale at La Rue Field, UC Davis was unable to replicate its late-game magic from the previous day as the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine held on collect the win in each team's final Big West game of the year.
The Aggies end their season in fifth place with a 21-32 overall record and 9-11 mark in league play, Hawai'i ends its year with respective records of 21-28 and 6-14.
Prior to Saturday's first pitch, UC Davis honored Jessica Barrett, Kimberly Pena, Caitlin Voss and Chandler Wagner, softball's 2014 senior class, in addition to four graduating Rainbow Wahine-Jori Jasper, Sharla Kliebenstein, Kaile Nakao and Jazmine Zamora.
Once action began, two scoreless innings took place until Zamora hit a solo home run to center to record the first run of the afternoon.
The following inning saw the Rainbow Wahine double their lead on an Aggie fielding error with two outs already recorded. With runners on second and third, Andrea Reynolds, who entered the game moments after UH scored its second run, struck out Kaile Nakao to end the inning.
After an uneventful fifth, sixth and top of the seventh, Wagner reached base on a single back to the circle after winning a 10-pitch battle against Hawai'i pitcher Heather Morales.
Down to their final out, the Aggies kept the inning alive when Cat Guidry reached safely on a single to third base. With Wagner advancing to second on the play, both runners advanced another 60 feet when Rainbow Wahine first baseman Leisha Li'ili'i was unable to stretch far enough at first to collect an errant throw.
As the ball rolled to the fence in foul territory, both Aggie base runners continued to chug around the diamond; once Wagner saw Guidry make the turn at third, she touched second and continued her run.
Leaving her original position at second to retrieve a rolling ball, Zamora gained possession and hurled the ball towards home as quickly as possible. A perfect throw was the only thing that prevented UC Davis from chopping the Rainbow Wahine's lead in half; instead, one runner was left stranded since the final out of the game was recorded once the tag was applied.
Even though the year ended with a loss, UC Davis' victories in the previously played doubleheader marked the team's first triumph over Hawai'i since the 2009 season-the Aggies only victory in the eight previously played games between the two.
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