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UCD roundup: Aggies get past Fullerton Friday before falling Saturday

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UCD's Layla Sanders reaches to hit a shot in the Aggies' 4-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

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From page B2 | April 06, 2014 |

The UC Davis baseball team pulled off a big upset to win its first Big West Conference game of the season, 3-1 on Friday at Cal State Fullerton, but the 18th-ranked Titans bounced back for a 7-1 victory over the Aggies on Saturday.

In Friday’s win, junior Izaak Silva’s RBI single drove home the go-ahead run as part of a three-run eighth inning for UCD (14-13, 1-4) in front of 1,739 fans at Goodwin Field.

The win ended a 16-game Aggie losing streak against the perennial powerhouse Titans, and gave UCD its first victory over a ranked team since April 22, 2011.

Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (2-4) tossed a gem for the Aggies, pitching into the eighth to claim his first win since March 7 against Pacific. Stanwyck allowed just one run on six hits, walking three and striking out two, then freshman closer Zach Stone came on to shut the door. Stone worked around a walk to strand two in the eighth before getting a huge double play in the ninth to nail down his seventh save of the season..

With UCD down 1-0 entering the eighth, senior outfielder Seth Batty got the rally started on a triple that got by a diving Austin Diemer in center and rolled all the way to the wall. Adam Young then was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners for Steven Patterson. The Aggies’ senior second baseman, who finished 2-for-4 on the night, came through, lacing a single to center to score Batty and tie the game.

Nick Lynch then bunted to the left side, where Young beat the throw to third to load the bases and chase Fullerton starter Thomas Eshelman (5-1) from the game. Reliever Tyler Peitzmeier struck out the only batter he faced and Titans’ closer Koby Gauna got another strikeout to put the home side one out away from escaping the jam.

However, Silva kept the Aggies rolling, chopping a ball to the right side where it was fielded cleanly by first baseman Tanner Pinkston, but no one covered the bag, allowing Silva to reach safely. Young scored on the play to put UCD ahead and was closely followed by Patterson, who came all the way around to touch home plate when an errant throw to first to try and get Silva found no one there to catch it.

On Saturday, Young had two hits in the loss.

UCD women’s tennis

After a downpour just before Friday’s match forced a move to Saturday, the Aggies finally took the court against Cal State Fullerton and it was all systems go in a 4-3 victory.

Wins by Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa and Tiffany Pham/Samantha Martino — both by 8-4 scores — gave UCD (11-6, 3-2 Big West Conference) the doubles point before singles triumphs by Layla Sanders, Pham and Kamila Kecki pushed the locals past the Titans.

The Aggies put their six-match win streak on the line Sunday when they host UC Irvine at 11 a.m.

UCD men’s tennis

The Aggies sent their seniors out in style, edging Air Force, 4-3, on Saturday at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.

Despite a win by senior Parker Kelley and James Wade, UCD (13-8) lost the doubles point and needed four wins from its singles crew.

Kelley did his part at No. 5, as did freshman Alec Adamson and Wade in the top two spots, then senior Kyle Miller clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-6 victory at No. 3.

UCD softball

After Cal State Northridge recorded a 5-1 win to earn its first victory over the Aggies at Matador Diamond since April 2, 2010, UCD got started on a new streak with a 5-4 triumph later Saturday.

In their Game 2 victory, the Aggies (12-23, 1-4 Big West) took the lead for good on a Lauryn Saunders two-run homer — which also plated Amy Nunez — in the top of the third inning. It was the fourth home run of the season for the UCD sophomore.

Eventually armed with a 5-1 advantage, Aggie pitcher Alicia Paine earned her first win.

UCD women’s water polo

Junior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding tallied 13 saves while DHS graduates Elsie Fullerton and Keelia Houston each netted goals for the 16th-ranked Aggies, but No. 6 UC Irvine broke open a tie game in the second half with six straight goals on its way to an 8-2 victory on Saturday.

UCD (11-14, 0-3 Big West Conference) lost its fourth straight contest, despite getting its two goals early in the third period to tie the match at 2-2.

UCD track & field

The Aggie women took fifth in the 4×100 relay on Saturday at the Stanford Invitational finishing in a season-best time of 45.27 seconds, while Nathan Strum was ninth in the 800 (1:50.26) to lead the UCD men.

Additionally, Ashley Marshall finished fourth in the 200 and Catherine Li took eighth in the triple jump for the Aggie women, while Karl Moran was sixth in the 110 high hurdles finals, Basil Okoroike finished third in the triple jump and Brandon Greenberg was sixth in the invitational shot put to help lead the men.

On Friday, Marshall won the 100-meter dash, while DHS graduate Trevor Halsted finished third in his section of the men’s 5,000 (14:14.05) to move into third on the all-time UCD list.

The Aggies also had a contingent of athletes at the nearby San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Marc Toney won the pole vault (15 feet, 7 inches) on Friday, while Kellie Grigg — who competed in the 400 hurdles at Stanford on Friday — took fourth in the open 400 on Saturday at SFSU. Also on Saturday, Morgan Dutra was fifth in the women’s discus while Jelani Legohn placed fifth in the men’s 400 hurdles.

UCD women’s golf

Junior Beverly Vatananugulkit posted a round of even-par 72 on Saturday at the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course, helping the No. 39 Aggies climb up spot to 11th in the standings after 36 holes.

The Aggies fired a 10-over 298 team score — two shots better than their opening round on Friday — and were at 22-over.

Vatananugulkit’s solid round put her into a tie for 42nd place at 5-over, while sophomore Betty Chen was tied for 19th after her 1-over 73 on Saturday put her at 1-over for the tournament. Freshman Paige Lee was tied for 56th at 7-over, sophomore Andrea Wong was tied for 61st at 9-over and senior Jessica Chulya was in 80th.

UCD women’s lacrosse

Elizabeth Landry led all Aggies with three goals in Friday’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest, but Colorado pulled away in the second half for a 14-5 win at Aggie Stadium.

Ellie Delich scored her 14th goal of the season for UCD (6-5, 1-3) and Lauren Nardi found the net for the first time this year.

The Aggies host Denver on Sunday (1 p.m.) in another MPSF matchup.

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