Thursday, April 24, 2014

UCD roundup: Senior softballers end careers with a sweep

UCD senior Megan Guzman — shown here in a game earlier this season — swiped three bases on Saturday in the final contest of her career. The Aggies topped Cal Poly, 4-0, to complete a weekend sweep. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

A Saturday that began with a Senior Day ceremony to honor four UC Davis softball players had a happy ending for the Aggies, who completed a season-ending sweep of Cal Poly with a 4-0 victory at La Rue Field.

UCD (25-27, 11-13 Big West) finished its season with eight wins in its last 12 contests.

Senior Megan Guzman ended her career in spectacular fashion. Not only did the center fielder lead her team with hits in all three of her at-bats, she also stole three bases in as many attempts to push her total for the season to 13 and her career total to 51, good for second place on the program’s all-time list.

Kelly Schulze, Jessica Thweatt and J.J. Wagoner also completed their Aggie careers on Saturday.

As was the case in both of Friday’s games — 5-2 and 6-4 wins — the locals scored first on Saturday and never gave up their lead.

When Kayla Tyler came home on Chandler Wagner’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, UCD had all of the runs it needed. Still, Cat Guidry, Jasmine Lee and Guzman added insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Now backed by a four-run lead, Aggie starter Thweatt maintained that advantage by allowing only two hits throughout the final two innings to record a complete-game shutout, the third of her career.

The four-hitter was the senior’s second win of the weekend, as she also picked up a victory in Friday’s second game, and the right-hander also claimed her first save of the year in the series opener.

The other two seniors contributed by teaming up on the other end of the UCD battery on Saturday. Wagoner caught the first six innings before Schulze closed things out behind the dish.

On Friday, Aggie pitcher Justin Vela tossed a one-hitter to win the initial game of the set.

UCD women’s golf

Freshman Betty Chen’s career-best 3-under 69 was part of a strong final round for the 16th-ranked Aggies, who qualified for the NCAA finals by finishing sixth at Saturday’s regional tournament at the University of Oklahoma.

Playing well down the stretch, UCD shot a collective 1-over 289, earning a top-eight placing that qualified it for the Division I championship tourney, set for May 21-24 at the University of Georgia. It will be the Aggies’ third appearance during in just six D-I years.

UCD, which finished 16-over 880 for the week, received a 72 from senior Demi Runas on Saturday, 74′s from both freshman Andrea Wong and sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit and a 77 from senior Amy Simanton.

Chen’s outstanding round lifted her to a tie for 11th place in the final standings while Runas, the three-time reigning Big West Player of the Year, tied for 16th. Wong tied for 35th, Vatananugulkit tied for 42nd and Simanton tied for 102nd.

Third-ranked Duke (13-under) posted a six-shot win over No. 4 Oklahoma to claim the team title.

The four-time defending Big West champion Aggies also qualified for the NCAA finals in 2008 and 2010. They finished 20th in 2010 for their best showing.

UCD baseball

The Aggies scored once in the ninth inning but couldn’t push across the tying run in a 5-4 loss to Pacific on Saturday at Klein Family Field.

Still, because of a 2-0 victory over the Tigers on Friday, UCD (17-31, 4-16 Big West) has a chance to win the series on Sunday.

Aggie starting pitcher Spencer Koopmans (1-7) suffered Saturday’s loss despite allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work.

Left fielder Tino Lipson had a game-high four hits and drove in two runs for the locals, while Steven Patterson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

On Friday, junior right-hander Harry Stanwyck tossed UCD’s first shutout of the season and the Aggies scored both of their runs on an error in the top of the ninth inning.

Stanwyck (4-6) allowed seven hits and had four strikeouts in his first career shutout.

UCD outfielder Tanner Bily had a game-high three hits and scored a run while Lipson came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth to add a run.

Stanwyck and Pacific starting pitcher John Haberman each threw eight scoreless innings but the Tigers made a change in the ninth, bringing on reliever Patrick Weigel.

Lipson led off the top of the ninth with a single up the middle and moved to second on Bily’s bloop single to center. Center fielder Kevin Barker stepped to the plate next and dropped a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. Weigel fielded the ball, but threw wide of third, allowing both Lipson and Bily to score on the error.

Sunday’s rubber match is set for 1 p.m.

UCD track and field

Sophomore Ashley Marshall won two conference titles, setting school records and hitting IAAF World Championship qualifying standards in each event, while Lauren Wallace, Rocki Lambdin, Kayla Carter, Emily Bush and the Aggies’ 4×400 relay each claimed championships, helping the UCD women defend their team title at the 2013 Big West Conference Championships.

The Aggie men finished eighth.

Marshall posted a time of 11.34 seconds to dominate the women’s 100 final, surpassing her previous mark of 11.39 set less than 24 hours prior in Friday’s preliminary heat. That mark also tied the Big West record, last set by UNLV’s Sonja Green 26 years ago, and surpasses the B qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Then less than an hour later, Marshall struck again, this time breaking her day-old school record in the 200 with a winning time of 23.25, which also beat the B requirement for the world championships.

Wallace also broke her own UCD record with her winning 2:03.39 in the women’s 800 final and senior pole vaulter Emily Bush became the third Aggie of the day to break her own school benchmark when she cleared 4.05 meters.

The 4×400 relay of Cekarri Nixon, Shanie Landen, Tonie Williams and Wallace posted a school-record 3:37.89 to win the Big West title. That came hours after Nixon Aggie mark in the 400 (53.41).

Lambdin picked up the first UCD title of Saturday’s session with a winning time of 4:28.70 in the 1,500.

In all, the Aggies claimed nine individual Big West Conference titles in 2013 as Carter won the 100 hurdles on Saturday and Katie Fry and Sarah Sumpter captured the steeplechase and 10K, respectively, on Friday night.

Enterprise staff


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