An early eagle set the stage for Betty Chen’s 1-under 72 on Monday as the No. 37 UC Davis women’s golf team put itself in position to win a fifth straight Big West title by taking a 12-stroke lead after the second round of the conference championship tournament at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
The Aggies, who shot a 5-over 297 on Monday, were at 7-over 591 heading into Tuesday’s final round. Cal State Northridge (19-over) was in second.
Chen’s outstanding round put her at even par, where she was in a tie for second with teammate Beverly Vatananugulkit, the first-day leader, and Cal State Fullerton’s Martina Edberg. The trio is three shots back of Matadaor Clariss Guce.
UCD freshman Paige Lee joined Vatananugulkit with a 74 in the second round and was tied for fifth at 2-over, sophomore Blair Lewis was tied for eighth at 5-over after carding a 77, while sophomore Andrea Wong shot 78 and was tied for 19th at 10-over.
Twelve Aggies went to the plate in a seven-run third inning and the UCD defense turned four double plays on Sunday as the strong performance resulted in an 8-4 victory over Long Beach State at Dobbins Stadium.
For the Aggies (16-16, 3-6 Big West Conference) it was their first series win in league play.
Evan Wolf (3-3) got the win for UCD, which banged out 14 hits, seven of them in the decisive third frame.
Adam Young and Nick Lynch each finished with three hits to lead the Aggies while Steven Patterson, Tino Lipson and Taner Bily had two apiece.
UCD hosts rival Sacramento State Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Victorious in their past six head-to-head matchups, the Aggies finally lost to Cal Poly on Sunday, 8-0, at Bob Janssen Field.
The Mustangs’ win prevented the Aggies (14-25, 3-6 Big West Conference) from completing a series sweep.
Kelly Zboralske, Amy Nunez and Alicia Payne — with one each — were the only UCD players to get hits off of Cal Poly ace Sierra Hyland.
Four Aggies had one goal each while senior Jordan Majka made seven saves but UCD fell, 8-4, at Oregon on Sunday.
Scores by senior Carly Voris, junior Elizabeth Landry and sophomores Mary Doyle and Courtney Neff weren’t enough for the Aggies (6-7), who fell to 1-5 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
UCD women’s water polo
A Hawaii goal with just over one minute remaining sent the ninth-ranked Rainbow Wahine past the visiting Aggies, 5-4, late Saturday at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
No. 16 UCD (12-16, 0-5) got a pair of goals from senior Hannah Curran and 14 saves from junior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding in the loss.
The Aggies’ other two tallies came courtesy of Davis High graduate Keelia Houston, a junior, and senior Alex Rawlinson.