May 11, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Justine Vela went the distance in game one, tossing a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win before the Aggies fell 9-1 in five innings in game two, as the UC Davis softball team split in a doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton on Friday at Anderson Field.
The Aggies broke free on offense late in game one, posting three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to put the contest out of reach. Cassandra Ginnis and Kelly Harman each had RBI hits while Amy Nunez sent out a two-run home run in game one.
Vela had nine strikeouts in game one and also received the start in game two. UC Davis had a 1-1 tie going into the bottom of the fifth inning of game two, before the Titans rattled off eight unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth for the 9-1 final score.
The Aggies moved to 23-28 on the season overall with a 13-7 mark in Big West play while Cal State Fullerton moved to 20-30 overall and 8-11 in conference games. With the split, UC Davis was eliminated from contention for the Big West title.
Game one started with a pitcher's duel, after just one hit for each team through the first five innings.
UC Davis managed its first hit of the game in the third inning on a Chandler Wagoner single down the right field line. The Aggies couldn't advance the runner into scoring position however, keeping the game scoreless.
Cal State Fullerton broke up Vela's no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a one-out double to right center from Anissa Young. UC Davis kept the Titans off the scoreboard after a ground out and a strike out.
The Aggies exploded for three runs in the fifth, using four hits and an error to take the lead. Nunez started with a lead-off single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice. A Megan Guzman single put runners at the corners and Ginnis scored the first run with a RBI bunt single. Harman immediately followed with a RBI single through the right side before Rachel Miller brought home a third run on a sacrifice fly.
UC Davis extended its lead in the top of the seventh, recording a quick two runs to take a 5-0 advantage. Kelly Schulze had a lead-off single to start the innings before Nunez sent a two-run shot over the center field fence.
Vela managed to close out the game in the bottom of the seventh by striking out the side. She improved to 19-12 on the season after allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Desiree Ybarra fell to 13-16 on the season after allowing seven hits and four earned runs.
Game two started out with two more outstanding pitching performances before the Aggie defense allowed Cal State Fullerton to take control.
The Titans reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, following a lead-off double for Ashley Carter and a sacrifice fly from Nicole Johnson.
UC Davis had a quick answer in the top of the second, evening the score at 1-1 after two hits. JJ Wagoner had a lead-off single to left before a Nunez walk put two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt advanced both runners before a Guzman RBI single gave the Aggies their only run of the game.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Cal State Fullerton took advantage of two UC Davis miscues, scoring eight unearned runs on six hits to end the game early. The Titans scored seven runs with two outs, as the Aggies saw time from Jessica Thweatt and Melanie Russell in the circle.
Vela took the loss to drop to 19-13 after lasting 4.2 innings and allowing six hits and one earned run. Thweatt and Russell did not record an out in the four combined batters they faced. Laban improved to 2-7 with the win after allowing four hits and one run in five innings of work.
UC Davis will close out the regular season tomorrow, playing Cal State Fullerton in the third game of the series at 12 p.m.