Senior outfielder Seth Batty lined a single down the left-field line with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, plating Izaak Silva from second base to lift the UC Davis baseball team to a 6-5 victory over New Mexico State at Dobbins Stadium.
The host Aggies’ third straight triumph gave them their first series win of the season.
UCD (11-9) took a 1-0 lead on Nick Lynch’s first-inning RBI single, but the teams went back and forth the rest of the way, setting up the exciting finish.
A high-chopping infield single by Kevin Barker led off the game-winning rally, then Silva replaced him by grounding into a fielder’s choice. On John Williams’ lineout, NMSU closer Trey Gonzales tried to double off Silva but his throw got away and the UCD catcher scampered to second.
One batter later, Batty sent the first pitch he saw into the left-field corner to end the game.
Batty finished 3-for-3 and was on base in all six of his plate appearances, while Spencer Brann (3-for-4) and Barker (2-for-5) also had strong performances.
Sophomore left-hander Spencer Henderson (1-0) earned the win in relief — after starting the day as the designated hitter — throwing four innings while allowing just one run on three hits and striking out five. He also added three hits in the first five innings.
Right-hander Max Cordy, another UCD sophomore, started and struck out a career-high 10 batters, the most by an Aggie pitcher this season.
Aggie Dana Cruse pitched her second complete-game shutout and Brianna Warner drew a walk with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning to push across the only run of Sunday’s 1-0 win over host Nevada in the Wolf Pack Classic finale.
North Dakota downed UCD, 9-5, earlier in the day and the locals are now 11-19.
Cruse gave up just four hits to win her second win of the weekend and now leads all Aggie pitchers with five victories.
Cat Guidry, who reached base on a fifth-inning fielder’s choice, scored the winning run for UCD.
Against UND, the Aggies fell behind by seven runs after two innings and never recovered.
Lauryn Saunders blasted her third homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the loss.
UCD women’s water polo
Aggie junior Elsie Fullerton, a Davis High graduate, scored four times — including two of her team’s seven power-play goals — but 14th-ranked Indiana held on for an 11-10 win over No. 15 UCD in a nonconference match at Schaal Aquatics Center on Sunday.
Fullerton had three goals in the first quarter, then added a fourth on a 6-on-5 chance in the third. Sophomore Ariel Arcidiacono added two goals for the Aggies (11-11), while Hannah Curran, Allyson Hansen, Carla Tocchini and Keelia Houston, a DHS grad, each chipped in exclusion goals. Hansen also tallied four assists, three drawn kickouts and two steals for UCD.
When Arcidiacono scored with 1:48 remaining in the third the locals went ahead 9-8. But the Hoosiers answered with three straight goals and the Aggies couldn’t equalize.
UCD women’s lacrosse
Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry had two goals and a game-high eight draw controls for the Aggies on Sunday but San Diego State used a big second half to turn a halftime deadlock into a 17-8 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Aztec Lacrosse Field.
For UCD (5-2, 1-2), senior Carly Voris and sophomore Mary Doyle matched Landry’s two goals, while midfielders Courtney Neff and Morgan Sissler added one apiece.
The Aggies, who led 5-2 at one point late in the first half, won the battle for draw controls (16-10) but made just 1-of-10 8-meter opportunities.
Aggie sophomore diver Lucy Lafranchise wrapped up her stay at the Zone E Diving Regionals with a season-high platform performance on Saturday at the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Natatorium.
Lafranchise, making her second-straight appearance at the regionals, posted a 177.30 on the platform in the prelims and finish 32nd, topping her previous high of 176.55 set at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships earlier this year.
That was the highest finish of the weekend for the Bakersfield diver, who also finished 33rd in the prelims of the 1-meter (232.35) and 53rd on the 3-meter board (196.90).
UCD women’s gymnastics
The Aggies’ 194.950 on Saturday night featured sophomore Stephanie Stamates tying a career best with a 9.900 to share the meet title on floor exercise, senior Anna Shumaker breaking the 39-point barrier in the all-around for the fifth straight week and the UCD uneven bars squad eclipsing the 49-point plateau for just the fifth time in school history.
The overall score tied the seventh-best total in program history — and second-best ever on the road — as the Aggies competed against Cal (195.675) at Haas Pavilion.
Shumaker scored a 39.250 in the all-around, entering the final rotation needing a 9.800 on beam to match Katie Yamamura’s program benchmark of 39.325. She finished with a 9.725 on that apparatus.
The total ended up being the fourth best in UCD history, just shy of her own personal record set earlier this season.
In the big bars performance, Shumaker, junior Lisa Wiktorski and sophomore Dani Judal each scored 9.850 to earn a three-way tie for second. Junior Kala DeFrancesco added a 9.800.
Next up for the Aggies is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, which UCD will host on Saturday (6 p.m.) at The Pavilion. Tickets are available at tickets.ucdavis.edu.
The Aggie men captured 10 events while sprinter Ashley Marshall and thrower Praise Adesida each had two individual wins to lead nine first-place finishes by the UCD women at the Aggie Open on Saturday at the Woody Wilson Track.
Marshall, the reigning Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes while running a leg on the winning 4×100 relay, and Adesida was victorious in both the shot put and discus. Other Aggie women to post event victories were Cekarri Nixon, who won the 400 for the second straight week, Raquel Lambdin (800), Christine Hoffmann (5,000) and Kellie Grigg (400 hurdles).
The UCD men spread their wins around as Kaio Sena (200), Jason Chandler (400) and Karl Moran (400 hurdles) captured sprints; Jordan Rushing (1,500), Austin Goins (3,000) and DHS graduate Trevor Halsted (5,000) finished first in distance races; and Maurice Spikes (high jump), Chase Dariso (triple jump) and Matthew Bender (discus) were victorious in the field.
The Aggie men added a win in the 4×100 relay as well.