Sports briefs: UCD drops marathon softball opener in Hawaii

By From page B2 | March 31, 2013

UCD's Justine Vela — shown here delivering a pitch earlier this season — went nine strong innings on Friday but the Aggies fell to Hawaii, 5-4. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

UCD's Justine Vela — shown here delivering a pitch earlier this season — went nine strong innings on Friday but the Aggies fell to Hawaii, 5-4. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

HONOLULU — In a game that saw seven of the nine combined runs earned on home runs, a solo shot by No. 18 Hawaii in the 10th inning was the difference as the Rainbow Wahine edged the UC Davis softball team, 5-4, in the Aggies’ Big West Conference opener on Friday in Honolulu.

For UCD (13-15) sophomore right-hander Justine Vela went toe-to-toe against Hawaii lefty Kaia Parnaby throughout the entire evening.

Vela matched Parnaby by striking out 11 Wahine (26-7, 4-0) hitters as she set a new career high with nine innings pitched. She has been the Aggies’ pitcher of record in the team’s last three extra-inning games.

Early in Friday’s contest, UCD’s Krista Bava provided a glimpse of the action the kind of game it would be at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, turning on an 0-1 pitch and sending a two-run homer to center field.

Megan Guzman, who had singled to lead off the game, also scored on the play as the Aggies went up 2-0.

After Hawaii’s Kelly Majam cut the advantage in half with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning, UCD got that run back on the board in the top of the fifth when Bava scored on a wild pitch.

In the sixth inning, Chandler Wagner scored when Aggie teammate J.J. Wagoner’s singled, tying the game at 5-5.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the 10th when Keiki Carlos hit her second long ball of the evening.

The Aggies are also in the midst of a fundraising event, the program’s fourth annual Sunset Sipping Online Auction.

Bidding is already under way on items such as golf outings, private wine tours and tastings, spa treatments, four- and five-night stays at the Outrigger Luana Hotel Waikiki in Honolulu and a pro baseball package.

All bids must be submitted to [email protected] by Tuesday, April 9, at noon. For more information, visit www.ucdavisaggaies.com.

UCD men’s golf

Davis High graduate Tyler Raber’s 5-under 65 on Saturday tied for the lowest individual round at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford University and his fourth place overall finish led the Aggies to fifth at the tournament.

UCD saved its best round for the event’s final day, shooting a 1-under 279 — the third-best team score on Saturday — to finish at 7-over for the 54-hole tournament. The Aggies finished in front of six higher ranked teams including No. 7 USC and No. 29 Northwestern.

Matt Seramin added another impressive round for the Aggies with his 69 on Saturday, while Matt Hansen shot an even-par 70. Jonny Baxter fired a 75 in his final round, while B.K. Sobhani concluded with a 78.

“Tyler Raber had an amazing tournament,” said Aggie coach Cy Williams. “It was a really strong, national field and he crushed it. We played with USC (Saturday) head-to-head and they were ahead of us to start the day, and we outplayed them. That’s a really big accomplishment for our guys, to go toe-to-toe with those guys and be the better team.”

UCD track and field

Following a record-setting Friday at the Stanford Invitational, the Aggies came back with a strong performance on Saturday.

On Friday, Melanise Chapman set the school benchmark in the 100-meter dash, Alycia Cridebring did the same in the 5,000 and Katie Fry matched in the steeplechase.

Chapman had the fastest time in the 100 prelims, crossing in 11.61 seconds and breaking her own record of 11.67 set at last year’s NCAA Regional meet. Just one race later on Friday, speedster teammate Ashley Marshall made a run at the new record, crossing in 11.65 seconds and moving into No. 2 all-time.

Cridebring led a similar effort for UCD in her section of the 5,000, finishing a close second to Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel in a school-record 16:06.44. Cridebring’s time, nearly a 24-second PR, broke Olympian Kim Conley’s 2009 Aggie record of 16:17.51.

All-American Sarah Sumpter also turned in a classic performance on Friday night, finishing fourth in 16:09.83, also well under Conley’s record and a PR for her by 17 seconds.

Fry made a splash in her debut in the 3,000 steeplechase as her sixth-place time of 10:16.96 was good for the program’s best ever.

On Saturday, Shanie Landen went wire-to-wire to win her heat while finishing second overall in the women’s 800-meter run’s B section.

The junior from Sunnyvale captured the second heat of the 800’s B sections with a time of 2:10.09, which ties for seventh on the all-time Aggies list.

UCD sprinters had another strong day with Chapman (sixth, 24.20), Ashley Marshall (ninth, 24:36) and Leslie Reed (20th, 24.95) racing well in the 200. The trio earlier combined with Cekarri Nixon to finish third in the 4 x 100 relay (45.67).

Kayla Carter (14.16) placed fifth in the 100 hurdles, and Aggie freshman Praise Adesida added a fourth-place finish in the discus (146-05).

UCD women’s lacrosse

Despite three goals and two assists for a game-high five points from senior Elizabeth Datino, the Aggies couldn’t protect a halftime lead and fell to Drexel, 9-7, on Saturday at Vidas Field in Philadelphia.

The Aggies slip to 3-7 for the year. The Dragons, ranked 31st in this week’s LaxPower.com power rankings, improve to 7-3 overall.

In addition to Datino’s hat trick, senior Hannah Mirza tallied two goals, while sophomore Meghan Jordan and senior Stephanie Guercio each added one for UCD (3-7). In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Kai Murphy had eight saves against the Dragons (7-3), who are ranked 31st in the LaxPower.com rankings.

Datino figured on each goal of a 3-0 Aggies run late in the first half. She scored on an 8-meter attempt in the 26th minute, assisted Mirza in the 28th then fired in an unassisted strike with 34 ticks left before intermission, giving UCD a 5-3 lead.

The Aggies resume Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with a road game at Denver next Sunday.

UCD women’s tennis

In their final road match of the season, the Aggies captured the doubles point and won five of six singles matches to breeze past Stanislaus State, 6-1, on Saturday in Turlock.

The nonconference victory pushes UCD’s overall record to 7-9 .

The Aggies opened by getting decisive doubles wins from Nicole Koehly/Layla Sanders, who prevailed 8-1, and Lauren Curry/Melissa Kobayakawa, who posted an 8-0 victory.

UCD then won five singles matches, all in straight sets. Victories came from Curry (6-0, 6-1), Kobayakawa (6-1, 6-3), Ellie Edles (6-0, 6-2), Koehly (6-1, 6-0) and Tiffany Pham trumping Aubree Brenda (6-0, 6-1).

For Koehly, her dual victory was the eight of the season, trailing only Kobayakawa (11) for the team lead.

UCD men’s water polo

Aggie athletic director Terry Tummy announced this week that Steve Doten will step aside as UCD men’s water polo coach to pursue other professional opportunities.

“I’ve always felt that coaching is a privilege and I’m happy to have had that privilege here at UC Davis,” Doten said. “When I came to campus in 2001, the head coaching job was part-time, we played in Hickey Pool and the department was Division II. I feel good about helping the position evolve to full-time lecturer-coach, as well as helping in the transition to D-I. I feel good about the evolution of the program.

“I look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with my family, particularly being more involved with my three wonderful children as they are growing up so quickly.”

Doten led the Aggies to 192-168 overall record and a 126-54 mark in Western Water Polo Association play during his 12 seasons. His teams also earned shares of the 2007 and 2008 Lysle Leach Team Academic Awards, given to the UCD men’s teams with the highest GPA’s.

Tumey said the school will conduct a national search for a new head coach.

Hoops camp

The Davis Hoops AAU program will once again host its Fast Break Basketball camp Tuesday through Thursday at Davis High School’s North Gym.

The camp is designed for boys and girls of all experience levels in grades two through eight.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with daily workouts running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, or to find out about the Davis Hoops summer camp — set for June 10-14 — visit www.davishoops.com.

NDE golf tournament

The North Davis Elementary School PTA is looking for players and sponsors for its fourth annual fundraising golf tournament, which is now named the John Henderson Memorial Tournament.

John was a 7-year-old second-grader at North Davis who died in December 2011 after he fell off a chair lift at Sugar Bowl.

The tournament is set for Sunday, April 21, at the Yocha Dehe Golf Course at the Cache Creek Casino Resort. Proceeds will benefit the elementary school and its arts program.

The cost of $150 per player covers golf — play begins at 9 a.m. — a buffet lunch at 3 p.m. and a goodie bag.

Organizers will hand out prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, first- and second-place team, scratch score, mulligan score, Need Lessons (highest score) as well as a 2013 Honda Accord — courtesy of University Honda — for a hole-in-one on No. 7. An accompanying raffle includes prizes such as a 2013-14 season ski pass courtesy of Sugar Bowl.

Sponsorships are available from the $2,500 level all the way down.

For more information, visit www.djusd.k12.ca.us/NorthDavis.

Enterprise staff

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