UC Davis’ Christa Castello drove in a fourth-inning run in Monday’s series finale, but visiting Long Beach State held on for a 3-1 victory at La Rue Field.
The result, plus 8-0 and 9-1 wins Sunday, gave the 49ers (26-9) a sweep over the Aggies (11-22) in the first Big West Conference series for both teams.
In Monday’s loss, UCD fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, but Aggie relief pitcher Dana Cruse shut LBSU down the rest of the way on just one hit.
Meanwhile, the local offense began to chip away when Kimberly Pena doubled to left-center in the bottom of the fourth. Later in the frame, Castello smacked a single to center to bring home pinch runner Jasmine Lee.
Pena finished with a team-high two hits on the day.
The Aggies nearly rallied back in the bottom of the seventh, as Kelly Zboralske and Lauryn Saunders both singled.
That was followed by Christina Guidry’s two-out screamer into center field, but 49er Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi nailed Zboralske at home to end the game.
Adam Young went 2-for-4 with an RBI, reaching base for the 15th consecutive game, but the Aggies didn’t get much more offense in a 9-1 loss to Cal Poly on Sunday at Baggett Stadium.
With the Big West Conference win, the Mustangs (23-4, 3-0), who are ranked fifth in the country, completed a sweep of UCD (12-12, 0-3), which entered the series having won eight of its past 10 games.
Young accounted for half of his team’s hits, with Kevin Barker and Nick Lynch adding infield singles, and knocked home Seth Batty in the sixth to give the Aggies their only run. Batty had reached on an error.
It wasn’t enough, however, as Cal Poly banged out 13 hits and scored two runs in each of the first three innings.
UCD hosts St. Mary’s for a single contest on Tuesday (2:30 p.m.) at Dobbins Stadium.
UCD women’s water polo
Though the Aggies took an early lead on Sunday, and got four goals from Allyson Hansen and two from Davis High graduate Keelia Houston, No. 7 Cal State Northridge eventually posted a 10-7 win at Schaal Aquatics Center.
For No. 15 UCD (11-13), it was the second straight loss to open Big West Conference play.
The Aggies, who got seven saves from goalkeeper Jillian Wilding, took a 4-2 advantage in the first period. Hansen scored two of those goals, freshman Carla Tocchini also tallied and Houston found the net on a 6-on-5.
However, the Matadors (20-6, 1-0) roared back to take the lead for good in the second quarter.
UCD women’s lacrosse
Despite last-minute heroics by junior attacker Meghan Jordan and sophomore midfielder Mary Doyle to send Sunday’s game to overtime, the Aggies lost, 13-12, at Michigan in the second sudden-victory period.
Jordan tallied on a second-chance shot with just 14 seconds remaining in regulation, and Doyle equalized with seven ticks left in the first OT, before UCD (6-4) eventually fell.
The Aggies also got clutch play from senior goalkeeper Jordan Majka, who came in at the start of the second half and made key saves in the extra periods.
Doyle, who added six draw controls and six ground balls, and junior Elizabeth Landry finished with four goals each, while freshman Melissa Kellan scored three.
UCD is back home Friday for a 3 p.m. matchup with Colorado.
UCD men’s golf
Senior Matt Hansen carded a blistering 5-under 65 in Sunday to help the Aggies move up four spots and take 10th place at The Goodwin, contested at the Stanford Golf Course.
Hansen birdied five of his first 10 holes and shot up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 20th at 1-over. He had matching rounds of 73 on Friday and Saturday.
As a team, UCD shot its best score of the tournament in Sunday’s final round, carding a 1-under 279 to finish 21-over for the event.
Aggie Luke Vivolo contributed a 70 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 28th at 3-over, while teammates Ben Corfee, from El Macero, and Nicolos Noya tied for 65 at 11 over. At 14-over, UCD’s Jonny Baxter was among a group of players in 79th.
UCD men’s tennis
The Aggies bounced back from their first loss in almost three weeks Friday by topping UC Irvine, 6-1, in a Big West Conference match on Sunday at Marya Welch Tennis Center.
UCD (12-7, 2-0) won a pair of marathon singles matches, three-setters by freshman Alec Adamson at No.1 and Parker Kelley at No. 5.
Local duos of Kelley/James Wade and Brett Bacharach/Adam Luba posted doubles victories to clinch the first Aggie point.
Then, straight-set wins from Wade, Bacharach and Bryce McKelvie, along with the hard-fought triumphs by Adamson and Kelley, finished off the UCD victory.
Next, the Aggies stay home for a match against Hawaii on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
UCD women’s tennis
The Aggies got their eighth win in 10 matches on Sunday, defeating visiting Portland, 4-1, at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
UCD (10-6) clinched the doubles point by sweeping the three matches, as easy wins by Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino and Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa were followed by a taxing, 8-7 (7-2) victory by Layla Sanders and Nicole Koehly.
Freshman Frederique Shaffer, from Frankfurt Germany, then improved to 6-0 in singles with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
Pham and Kobayakawa also posted singles victories for UCD the Aggies, who will host Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 2 p.m.
The Delta Valley Conference softball opener between the 4-10 Blue Devils and rival Franklin (2-8), originally scheduled for Monday, has been postponed to Friday due to rain.
The two teams will play at 4:15 p.m. Friday at the DHS Field.
Additionally, Monday’s tennis match between the Devil boys and host Laguna Creek was washed away. The match will be rescheduled for a date to be determined.
DHS golf fundraiser
The Blue Devil boys golf team, which will begin the defense of its 2013 Delta Valley Conference championship with a Wednesday tournament at Wildhorse, will be at Original Steve’s, 314 F St., for a fundraiser on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Come get dinner, with a portion of the price going to support the DHS squad, and meet the Devil players.
Davis Tennis Club
The Davis Tennis Club is hosting free drop-in tennis from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, beginning April 12.
New and experienced players are welcome at the Davis High courts on 14th Street where a DTC board member will be on hand to meet and greet participants and facilitate play.
For more information, visit www.davistennisclub.org.