Softball ends season with close games against CSUN

May 13, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - At the end of Saturday's Big West doubleheader, 415 fans in attendance witnessed two entertaining softball games, and saw tears flow from both dugouts as their respective senior classes competed between the lines for the final time.

Before the game, UC Davis softball recognized 10 Matadors; shortly after the second game concluded, the program honored Alexis CarneyChrista CastelloTaiya McInnesTaylor PetersAndrea Reynolds and Brianna Warner, members of its six-member senior class who competed at La Rue Field for the final time in their respective careers.



In both contests, CSUN early leads as saw UC Davis battle back in each game to pull within striking distance. The Matadors withstood both scoring rallies and held on to record wins by 4-2 and 8-3 scores.

In game one, a CSUN grand slam provided its only offense for that matchup, hit in the top of the third. Two innings later, the Aggies scored twice when Isabella Leon drew a walk with the bases loaded, followed by a single down the left field line by Warner to drive in another Aggie run.

The following contest saw the Matadors take a 4-1 lead through three innings, and extend that margin by four runs by scoring once in the fifth, and another three times in the sixth. But it was a late rally that put a serious scare in CSUN during an interesting half inning.

After she led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch, Castello joined Peters on base with a double to left center. Two pitches later, Peters scored when Alex Sotomayor's hard-hit chopper to the circle allowed her to reach base. Ashley Lotoszynski loaded the bases, and drove in Castello with a one-hop grounder to second, where Sotomayor was initially called safe after wiggling her way around an attempted tag. However, after further discussion between all umpires and both coaches, the Aggies' second baseman was called out, leaving runners on first and third.

On the very next pitch, Marissa Jauregui hit a laser straight to third base, where CSUN's Jessica Alexander stood. Even though Alexander instinctively raised her glove to protect herself from suffering a facial injury, she happened to do so in the nick of time to collect Jauregui's rocket, which headed straight towards her head. After squeezing her glove, she then touched the bag to end the game.

Throughout the second game, the five senior field players each recorded a hit, and were collectively responsible for six of the Aggies' eight. Reynolds, the lone graduating pitcher, went the distance in her final college appearance, throwing all seven innings in Saturday's opener.

UC Davis ends the 2017 season with a 22-31 overall and 7-13 Big West record; CSUN ends its year with respective marks of 30-22 and 10-10.

CSUN 4, UC Davis 2 (F/Gm. 1)
CSUN................. 004 000 0 - 4 6 1 (30-22, 10-10 BWC)
UC Davis............ 000 020 0 - 2 8 1 (22-31, 7-13 BWC)
Pitchers: CSUN - Noli, Cheyenne and Nate, Taylor. UC Davis - Reynolds, Andrea and Carney, Alexis.
Win-Noli, Cheyenne(1-2) Loss-Reynolds, Andrea(6-17) T-2:00 A-0
HR CSUN - Horvath, Savannah (12).
Weather: Clear skies, sunny, 76 degrees

CSUN 8, UC Davis 3 (F/Gm. 2)
CSUN................. 031 013 0 - 8 8 0 (31-22, 10-11 BWC)
UC Davis............ 100 000 2 - 3 8 2 (22-32, 7-14 BWC)
Pitchers: CSUN - Chenault, Katie; Pofek, Daphne(2) and Nate, Taylor. UC Davis - Kibby, Katie;
Cadona, Sara(6) and Carney, Alexis; McInnes, Taiya.
Win-Pofek, Daphne(16-8) Loss-Kibby, Katie(15-9) T-1:58 A-415
HR CSUN - Horvath, Savannah (13).
Weather: Clear skies, sunny, 78 degrees
Kibby, K. faced 4 batters in the 6th.