Gauchos Split Road Doubleheader with Aggies
April 14, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara split a pair of non-conference games with UC Davis Friday afternoon at La Rue field. The Gauchos fell in the first game with after posting just three hits before rebounding for a nightcap victory powered by Danielle Meyer's three-run homerun.
UCSB (17-14) broke out on top in the second inning of game one. With two outs and runners at first and second, a double steal followed by a throwing error allowed junior Brittany Putich to score an unearned run despite the Gauchos not posting a hit in the frame.
Davis (13-24) tied the game in the bottom of the second. With one out, Roxanne Hannan and Sarah O'Neill delivered back-to-back singles. After a foul out that advanced Hannan to third, O'Neill stole second and Hannan came home on the throw to tie the game at 1-1.
In the fourth, O'Neill laced a one-out single down the left field line to drive in Johnson, putting the Aggies up 2-1 heading into the fifth inning.
The lead would prove to be enough for pitcher Lindsay Tognetti who retired 12 of the last 13 batters she faced from the fourth inning on. The only blemish was a two-out single by junior Jessica Hejna in the fifth. Tognetti (6-8) scattered three hits and struck out five on her way to her second straight complete-game victory.
UC Davis outhit UC Santa Barbara, 5-3, in the first game.
UCSB's Danielle Meyers had what turned out to be the big hit of the second game as she smacked a three-run homer with two outs over the right field fence to put the Gauchos up 3-0 in the second inning. UCSB added three more runs in the third inning with two coming home on sacrifice flies by Tiffany Wright and Hejna. The last run of the inning scored on a fielding error to put the visitors up 6-0.
The Aggies would rally for three runs of their own in the fourth inning. Johnson led off the inning with a double, and Roxanne Hannan followed with a walk. O'Neill promptly doubled to drive in Johnson to make it 6-1. Stacey Benzing came up and drove in a run with a groundout to make it 6-2. Three batters later, De La Hoya singled with the bases loaded to drive in O'Neill with the Aggies' third run. The Gauchos' Tami Weston maneuvered out of the jam with a pop-up and a strikeout to end the inning.
In the fifth, Hannan scored on a wild pitch to draw UC Davis within 6-4. That would be as close as the Aggies would get, though, as they stranded eight runners on base for the game. Each team had six hits in game two.
UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara will conclude their series Saturday with a first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. at La Rue Field.