UC Davis sophomore Luke Vivolo carded eight birdies in a career-best 4-under 67 on Monday and was tied for third, while teammate Matt Hansen was tied for sixth as the Aggie men’s golf team rallied into third place after two rounds of the Bandon Dunes Championship.
UCD began the day in a tie for seventh, but used a 4-over team score of 288 to head into Tuesday’s final round 12 shots over par and only two back of second-place Utah Valley. Missouri is the leader at 3-under.
Vivolo, whose previous career-best was a 69 at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic two years ago, jumped into a tie for third at 2-under with his spectacular round. Hansen, who had a 72, is even and among a group of seven golfers at par or better.
Aggie Ben Corfee, from El Macero, also posted a 72 in the second round and was tied for 23rd at 4-over, Jonny Baxter was tied for 48th at 10-over after a 77, and Joshua Granger was tied for 80th after shooting 80.
“It was awesome to see Luke have a good round,” said UCD coach Cy Williams. “We have ourselves in good position. This will be a good one to go finish up strong (Tuesday).”
Aggie Kelly Zboralske’s fifth homer of the season, a solo shot, tied the game in the top of the sixth inning Sunday, but host Stanford managed a run in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 matchup at the Louisville Slugger Classic.
The loss sends UCD to 9-17, after the Aggies won their first two games of the weekend. No. 22/17 Stanford improved to 22-6.
Zboralske had a huge tournament, and Monday was named the Big West Field Player of the Week. She’s the first UCD player recognized with that award since Alex Holmes in March 2011.
In the four Aggie games last week — including a 5-0 loss at Sac State on Tuesday, Zboralske, an Orangevale native, drove in five of her team’s 11 runs and went 7-for-14 with five extra-base hits.
Trailing 2-0 after one frame Saturday, the locals chopped the lead in half when Chandler Wagner was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Caitlin Voss.
Zboralske’s two-out home run tied the game, but the Cardinal got a walk-off triple in the bottom of the seventh.
On Friday, UCD scored four times in the first inning then held of North Dakota State, 4-2, then got past Portland State, 4-3, in extra frames.
Zboralske’s bases-clearing double to left-center — her first of two in the game — was the big shot against NDSU as pinch runner Kaila Olson scored the fourth tally on Wagner’s single.
Pitching with a four-run cushion before stepping a foot in the circle, Aggie Leah Munden struck out five and allowed only four hits in seven innings to pick up her second victory of the season.
Zboralske also was the hero in the nightcap.
With the game deadlocked at 3-3, Brianna Warner started the top of the eighth inning at second base (due to the tiebreak rules), moved the third on a sacrifice bunt by Amy Nunez and scored on Zboralske’s two-bagger.
In the bottom of the frame, UCD pitcher Andrea Reynolds induced two groundouts and then ended the game with a five-pitch strikeout.
Junior outfielder Kevin Barker went 3-for-4 as one of five Aggies with multiple hits on the day, but host San Jose State used a four-run seventh inning to erase a three-run deficit and defeat UCD, 4-3, in the final game of the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament on Sunday.
The loss ended the Aggies’ second three-game winning streak of the season — the whole run coming at the Jack Gifford this weekend — as UCD fell to 7-8 overall despite getting 14 hits.
The locals jumped out to an early lead in support of starter Max Cordy, who was stuck with the no-decision despite allowing just two runs on one hit and striking out four in six innings of work.
The Aggies loaded the bases thanks to a two-out bout of wildness from SJSU starter Jace Puckett as Izaak Silva walked and moved all the way to third on a single by freshman Mark Cardinalli. Evan Heptig drew another walk to load them up for junior John Williams, who was plunked on a 2-0 pitch to force in Silva for the 1-0 advantage.
Two more UCD runs came across in the third, thanks to a wild pitch and an RBI single by Barker.
Meanwhile, Cordy retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced — with the only base runner reaching on a dropped third strike — and carried a no-hitter into the fifth.
Cordy set the side down in order in the sixth before the Spartans (5-12) finally found their offense in the decisive seventh.
Adam Young, Steven Patterson, Nick Lynch and Heptig each finished with two hits for the Aggies, who will get a rematch with SJSU on Tuesday in a 2:30 p.m. contest at Dobbins Stadium. It’s the first of six consecutive UCD home games.
UCD women’s tennis
Heading into a six-match homestand that begins Wednesday, the Aggies earned a 4-2 Big West Conference road victory on Sunday at Cal Poly.
For the second straight day, UCD (6-6, 2-2), got wins from Layla Sanders/Nicole Koehly — who triumphed 8-4 — and Megan Heneghan/Melissa Kobayakawa (8-7 victors) to secure the doubles point.
Heneghan then doubled her team’s lead by defeating Cal Poly’s No. 1 singles player, Jennifer Cornea, 6-4, 6-1, shortly before Kamila Kecki recorded a 6-2, 6-1 win of her own at No. 6.
The Mustangs bounced back for a pair of singles victories before Aggie Tiffany Pham gutted out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 match-clinching win at No. 5
The victory came in the form of a familiar face as former Aggie Ellie Edles is now an assistant coach with Cal Poly.
Next up for UCD is a 1 p.m. home match Wednesday against Youngstown State.
UCD men’s tennis
The Aggie opened their five-match homestand with a pair of dominating victories on Sunday, defeating Montana, 6-1, and Sonoma State, 7-0, at the Marya Welch Tennis Center.
The wins pushed UCD (7-6) back over the .500 mark for the spring season.
The Aggies took home the doubles point in each of the two duals, then posted wins in 11 of the 12 singles matches. Alec Adamson, James Wade, Parker Kelley and Bryce McKelvie each won two singles contests, while each UCD doubles pairing — Adamson/Adam Levie, Kelley/Wade and Brett Bacharach/Adam Luba — earned at least one victory.
The locals were especially dominant in the sweep of Sonoma State as the doubles wins came by scores of 8-1 and 8-2 and the five of the six singles matches were decided in straight sets.
In that match, sophomore Mitch Thorp got a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6, while Wade improved to 20-6 overall when he picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3.
The Aggies will play alongside the UCD women when Youngstown State is in town Wednesday at 1 p.m.
UCD field hockey
The Aggie program — which saw new head coach Tiffany Huisman add six talented new recruits last week — is set to host its first annual Junior Day on Friday for high school student-athletes interested in exploring UCD and its field hockey team.
At 9 a.m., prospective players and family members will begin the day by observing an Aggie practice at Aggie Stadium.
The next portion of the event is a campus tour, so all prospects and accompanying visitors are encouraged to wear (or bring) comfortable walking shoes. Beginning near the Toomey weight room, everyone will have a chance to observe a Division I weight-training session prior to the lunch break.
From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the high school athletes and the UCD players will have lunch at the Memorial Union and visit the campus bookstore before meeting with academic advisers.
Due to NCAA rules and regulations, the Aggie program is unable to offer reimbursements for parking or provide meals.
Following Academic Services’ presentation is a question-and-answer session with the UCD coaching staff and players.
For more information, contact coach Huisman at email@example.com.
Also this week, Huisman identified the six-member 2014 spring recruited class as Madison Cohen (Torrey Pines), Kelley Kramer (Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista), Makheila MacDonald (Emmaus, Pa.), Briana Sooy (Archbishop Mitty), Nica Taglieri (Huntington Beach) and Kate Young (Serra High in San Diego).
UCD junior basketball guard Brianna Salvatore and sophomore men’s soccer goalkeeper Kris Schultz recently were honored by the Big West Conference with the 2013 Sportsmanship Award.
Each school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee voted for a male and female representative who best displayed sportsmanship during the 2013 calendar year. This is the first year of a modified Sportsmanship Award, which now recognizes individuals as opposed to teams under the old format.
In her fourth year with the Aggies, Salvatore rebounded from a season-ending injury in 2012-13 to average 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 20 contests this season.
“Brianna epitomizes what sportsmanship is all about,” said UCD women’s basketball coach Jennifer Gross. “She is a great competitor but, more important, she is an amazing person who respects each and every one of her opponents. Brianna shows up every day ready to improve and gives everything she has to her team. She has a unique ability to motivate her teammates every day with her enthusiasm, work ethic, and positivity.”
Schultz wrapped up his third season as a member of the Aggies after redshirting as a true freshman in 2011 and making his first career start against SMU in 2012.
“Kris was out the entire fall season as part of a yearlong recovery from surgery on both hips,” said UCD men’s soccer coach Dwayne Shaffer. “Despite being on crutches, he was at practice every single day. He has an excellent attitude, is extremely hard-working, and constantly motivates and supports his teammates. Kris takes every opportunity and uses it to the fullest. He is truly a wonderful young man.”