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UCD roundup: Aggie women pull away at Big West tourney

UCD's Tyler Raber hits a pitching wedge during the recent Winchester Classic. Todd & Barbara Photography

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From page B8 | April 23, 2013 |

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Senior Demi Runas and freshman Andrea Wong each shot 73’s on Monday and were first and second, respectively, in the player standings, while helping the No. 16 UC Davis women’s golf team to a 16-stroke lead after two rounds of the Big West Championships at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

The three-time defending champion Aggies shot a 12-over 304 on Monday as teams battled increased winds on the 6,196-yard course. All five UCD players were in the top 10 as defending medalist Beverly Vatananugulkit was tied for fourth, freshman Betty Chen was ninth and senior Amy Simanton was tied for 10th.

Runas was 1-under 145 after the second round and led Wong by two shots. Vatanangulkit was at 4-over, Chen was 7-over and Simanton was 8-over. As a team, the Aggies were 9-over heading into Tuesday’s final round.

UCD men’s golf

Senior Tyler Raber’s eagle on the 18th hole lifted him to a par-72 and led three Aggies in the top 10 as host UCD took second at the Winchester Classic on Sunday at the Winchester Country Club.

Raber, a Davis High graduate, finished in sixth place, while teammates Jonny Baxter and Ben Corfee, an El Macero resident who prepped at Jesuit, each tied for eighth to help the Aggies’ efforts. Matt Hansen tied for 17th and Matt Seramin tied for 30th.

Second-day leader UCD, which will play at the Big West Championships next week, fired a 7-over 295 in Sunday’s final round. The Aggies finished 9-over for the weekend, five shots back of Cal State Fullerton, which carded a 2-under 286 in the final round.

Raber’s third consecutive even-par round featured three birdies. He was 2-over going into the last hole but eagled the par-5 18th to balance out his card. UCD also had three players competing as individuals — Mike Brockington tied for 37th, Will Scarlett, a Woodland graduate, tied for 40th and B.K. Sobhani tied for 45th.

UCD women’s water polo

With a 1-6 conference ledger and the No. 7 seed in the draw, the 20th-ranked Aggies will open play at the 2013 Big West Conference championship against the only program to have won the league’s title, host UC Irvine. The sixth-ranked and second-seeded Anteaters have claimed all four banners in the short history of the Big West’s sponsorship of women’s water polo, each time dispatching UCD along the way.

Despite this history, Aggie head coach Jamey Wright is confident that his team has the tools to unseat the defending champions and advance to the tournament’s semifinal round. His optimism is based on the Aggies’ previous showdown with the Anteaters, a 7-6 setback on March 29 in which the two teams battled to four ties and four lead changes. It took a desperation lob on a free throw with no time remaining to give UCI the win.

UCD baseball

Paul Politi went 4-for-5 with two home runs and the Aggies scored in every inning but the third to defeat UC Riverside, 19-8, on Sunday and earn a sweep of a three-game Big West Conference series.

The Aggies (15-22, 3-9) won their fourth straight game by posting 19 runs on 19 hits. The Highlanders (17-18, 6-6) entered the series tied for second in the league.

“We weren’t playing well but we were playing hard in that tough stretch,” head coach Matt Vaughn said of UCD’s 0-9 start to Big West play. “To finally have our efforts rewarded with some wins, it’s fun. We still have a lot of things to work on, but we’ve played some better baseball and this helps us going forward.”

Politi’s day included four runs scored and four RBIs, but his performance wasn’t the only good one for the Aggies. Second baseman Steven Patterson was 3-for-5 with three runs and a game-high five RBIs, including a solo home run in the eighth. Patterson is on a seven-game hitting streak and has 16 hits in that span.

UCD softball

Krista Bava’s two-out single to left drove in the only run of the day as the Aggies beat UC Riverside, 1-0, on Sunday to take the Big West series at Amy S. Harrison Field.

Including Sunday’s score, UCD (19-23, 6-9) has won nine of the last 12 head-to-head meetings with the Highlanders (17-28, 1-3) and is 8-4 in its 12 road games against UCR since joining the Big West in 2007.

On Sunday, Aggie starter Justine Vela threw another gem, holding the Highlanders to just two hits while striking out three and walking only one.

Chandler Wagner’s leadoff single up the middle started the action in UCD’s half of the seventh inning. A few moments later, Bava recorded the Aggies’ fifth hit of the day, driving in Wagner on a single to left.

Christa Castello, Cassandra Ginnis and Christina Guidry recorded the Aggies’ other hits.

UCD women’s lacrosse

Senior Stephanie Guercio tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Aggies, but Oregon enjoyed hat tricks from four different players in securing a 15-8 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Sunday at Aggie Stadium.

In addition to her attacking numbers, Guercio led UCD (5-9, 2-5) with six ground balls and four draw controls. Junior Carly Voris added two goals, while senior Hannah Mirza contributed a goal and an assist for two points. However, the Aggies struggled to a .296 shooting percentage despite a 29-27 advantage in shots, just two days after firing a school-record .704 against San Diego State.

The Ducks (8-8, 3-4) never trailed in the game as they took a 6-1 first-half advantage.

UCD men’s tennis

The Aggies dropped a 4-3 decision at UC Irvine on Sunday in their final regular-season match of the 2013 campaign.

UCD (8-12, 1-5 Big West) split the six singles matches, but lost the doubles point to the Anteaters (9-16, 5-1).

With the win, UC Irvine clinched a share of the conference’s regular-season title.

Aggie Kyle Miller won for the third straight match at No. 2 singles when his opponent, Tyler Pham, retired after the second set. UCD’s No. 3 player Parker Kelley and No. 5 Hugo Verdi-Fortin also got singles victories, while Kelley and Brett Bacharach won at No. 3 doubles.

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