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UCD roundup: Aggie baseball comeback falls short in Long Beach

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From page B2 | April 14, 2013 |

UC Davis scored a run in the ninth inning but couldn’t complete its comeback and dropped a 6-4 decision at Long Beach State in the second game of a Big West Conference baseball series at Blair Field.

The Aggies (11-21, 0-8 Big West) played their first errorless game since March 29, but starting pitcher Spencer Koopmans fell to 0-5 after giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Starter Jake Stassi, a junior who prepped at Yuba City, improved to 4-1 for the Dirtbags (15-18, 5-3).

Relief pitcher Spencer Henderson kept UCD close, surrendering just one run on one hit with no walks in 3 2/3 innings, and Steven Patterson (two runs scored) went 3-for-4 for the second straight game, but it wasn’t enough. Left fielder Seth Batty and third baseman Paul Politi each had two hits in the loss.

The Aggies briefly tied things up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth, but Long Beach responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. UCD’s comeback attempt was limited to scoring single runs in the seventh and ninth frames.

The locals — who fell to the Dirtbags, 9-2, on Friday — will look to prevent a sweep on Sunday in the 1 p.m. series finale.

UCD softball

Led by Chandler Wagner’s four-RBI outing, the Aggies run-ruled UC Santa Barbara, 8-0, in five innings in the first game of Saturday’s Big West doubleheader at Campus Diamond. In the nightcap, UCD (17-20, 4-6) fell to the host Gauchos (24-6, 5-5), by a 1-0 margin.

With its first three batters reaching base to start Game 1, UCD scored four runs on four hits and a Gaucho error in the first inning.

The 4-0 lead was more than enough for Aggie starter Justine Vela, who went the distance for the 12th time this season to earn her 11th win and second straight shutout.

UCD pushed its advantage to 7-0 in the third inning on Wagner’s base-clearing double. Later, a home run to center by Caitlin Voss in the top of the fifth gave the Aggies a lead large enough to end the game early.

Voss, Wagner, J.J. Wagoner and Jasmine Lee had two hits apiece in the win.

The second game was a pitchers’ duel between UCD’s Jessica Thweatt and UCSB’s Alex Pingree. The only run came in the fourth when Gaucho Shelby Wisdom, who prepped at Elk Grove, tripled and scored.

UCD women’s lacrosse

Sophomore Elizabeth Landry scored four goals and senior Hannah Mirza added a hat trick as the Aggies got their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory of the year on Saturday, defeating Fresno State, 15-6, at Bulldog Stadium.

Besides the contributions of midfielders Landry and Mirza, senior attacker Elizabeth Datino added two goals and two assists. Freshman defender Mary Doyle tallied a game-high six draw controls to go with two caused turnovers for UCD (4-8, 1-4).

Senior Stephanie Guercio added two goals, both of which helped the Aggies take a 10-1, first-half lead on the Bulldogs (2-11, 0-6). Mirza also completed her hat trick before the break.

UCD track

The Aggie women’s 4×100-meter relay lowered its school record on Saturday and Alycia Cridebring moved to the program’s No. 2 spot in the 1,500 to help UCD take third place at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge at Sacramento State.

The Aggie men, led by Ethan Ostrom’s win in the pole vault, finished fifth.

UCD’s Leslie Reed, Ashley Marshall, Cekarri Nixon and Melanise Chapman combined to lower their own school benchmark, set earlier this season on the same track, by crossing in 45.18, the best time in the Big West this year and 32nd-fastest in the country.

Cridebring 4:21.44 was good for second place in that event, while sophomore Katie Fry’s personal record of 4:22.68 was good for fourth place and fifth on the all-time Aggie list.

Ostrom’s season-best 17-02.75 led a strong 1-2 finish for the locals in the pole vault, in front of a career-best-tying 16-10.75 from Mike Petersen.

On Friday, UCD freshman Praise Adesida won the discus and classmate Matthew Bender added a third-place finish in the same event. Adesida’s mark of 154 feet, 7 inches moved her up to fifth in program history.

Also on the second day of the meet, freshman Steven Pust scored 5,781 points to take sixth in the decathlon and Kira Rienecker’s 10th-place finish paced four Aggies in the heptathlon.

Emily Bush and Danielle Steffen each cleared 11-09.75 to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, with Bush having fewer misses.

UCD men’s tennis

After unveiling a new entrance and plaque to the namesake of the Marya Welch Tennis Center, the Aggies dropped a close Big West Conference match to UC Santa Barbara, 4-3, on Saturday.

After UCD (6-11, 0-4) lost the doubles point, the Gauchos (9-10, 2-1) won at No. 1 and No. 5 singles to take a 3-0 lead.

But the Aggies got a 6-4, 6-4 victory from Brett Bacharach at No. 4 and wins from Parker Kelley and George Horowitz to keep the match tight.

On Friday, Kyle Miller and Kelley posted singles victories but UCD lost to visiting Cal Poly, 5-2,

Once again falling behind 3-0, the Aggies got Miller’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win at No. 2, Kelley’s opponent retired and the No. 4 and 5 singles matches went three sets. The Mustangs, however, captured both to seal their triumph.

UCD women’s tennis

In their final Big West match of the season, the Aggies took the doubles point against visiting UC Santa Barbara, but claimed only one of the six singles matchups in a 5-2 loss on Saturday.

UCD (9-12, 4-5) quickly captured the doubles point when Nicole Koehly and Layla Sanders defeated UCSB’s Paola Cos and Priscilla Garcia, 8-0, followed by Melissa Kobayakawa and Megan Heneghan downing Erica Cano and Stacy Yam 8-5.

The win was the first of two for Kobayakawa as she came from behind to defeat Garcia in her singles match to post the Aggies’ other team point.

On Friday, the Aggies opened with a pair of 8-0 doubles wins — by Sanders/Koehly and Ellie Edles/Tiffany Pham — and held on for a 5-2 home victory over Pacific.

Other UCD singles wins came from Edles, Koehly and Kobayakawa, who defeated Tiger No. 5 Susan Te, a Davis High graduate.

Also, in the day’s most entertaining match, Aggie Lauren Curry eventually outlasted Pacific’s Christiana Ferrari, 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3), at No. 3.

UCD women’s golf

Aggie senior Demi Runas carded five birdies and had just one bogey during a spectacular third round at the PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State on Saturday.

The defending co-medalist climbed up 12 spots into sixth place at the prestigious tournament, as her 4-under 68 was key as No. 16 UCD finished Saturday in 11th (8-over 584).

The high-powered event, which features five top-10 teams and 11 in the top 25, ends Sunday at the ASU Karsten Course.

For the Aggies, sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit finished with a 74 on Saturday and was tied for 30th at 1-over 145, while freshman Andrea Wong carded a 75 and was one shot back of her teammate, tied for 35th. Senior Amy Simanton was tied for 69th after her 80 put her at 10-over, and sophomore Blair Lewis was 88th at 27-over after shooting an 84.

UCD women’s water polo

Senior Carmen Eggert and sophomore Elsie Fullerton, a DHS graduate, scored two goals each during a run of six unanswered in the first quarter on the 19th-ranked Aggies’ 13-5 win over Cal State Monterey Bay at the Otter Tank on Friday.

Eggert and fellow senior Jessica Dunn each led UCD (13-15) with three goals, while Fullerton, junior Hannah Curran and sophomore Keelia Houston, another former Blue Devil, netted two apiece. Sophomore Katrina Husted added one tally.

Three Aggies shared time in goal against the Otters (8-20), with senior starter Riane Woods posting two saves in the first half, sophomore Jillian Wilding recording two in the third quarter and freshman Haley Cameron, a DHS grad, closing the game with three stops in the fourth.

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