UC Davis right-handers Harry Stanwyck and Spencer Koopmans each twirled a gem in their respective starts on Saturday, but comebacks by visiting UC Irvine late in both games helped lift the Anteaters to a pair of Big West Conference wins at Dobbins Stadium.
UC Irvine used four ninth-inning runs to take the opener 4-2, then scored three times in the final two frames to take the nightcap, 4-1. Saturday become a doubleheader when Friday’s game got rained out.
Starters Stanwyck and Koopmans combined to allow just one earned run on seven hits over 14 innings of work and strike out eight, but were charged with no-decisions after UC Irvine (27-14, 10-1) rallied against the bullpen of the Aggies (17-22, 3-11).
Junior Kevin Barker and senior Adam Young each finished with three hits in the doubleheader. Barker had a pair of two-baggers as UCD smacked five doubles on the day.
The Aggies will look to salvage a win in the series finale, set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior right-hander Evan Wolf (3-3, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to face UCI right-hander Evan Brock (6-3, 3.41 ERA).
Aggie senior Chandler Wagner hit her first career home run in a 3-0 Game 1 victory and UCD won the nightcap, 4-1, to complete a doubleheader sweep of UC Riverside on Saturday at La Rue Field.
In the second game, right-hander Dana Cruse — the winner in the opener — allowed just two hits in her five innings in the circle to carry the Aggies (17-28, 6-8 Big West Conference).
UCD’s runs in that game came on two RBI hits from Amy Nunez and a two-run rally in the sixth. In that frame, Cat Guidry scored from first on Krista Bava’s double and Alexis Carney followed by posting her first career RBI.
In the opener, Wagner blasted a 2-2 pitch over the wall and Christa Castello added a two-run triple as the Aggies scored all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning.
UCD will seek a series sweep on Sunday at noon. Following the series finale, former Aggies will play this year’s team in the program’s annual alumni game.
Katie Barber broke a 27-year-old high jump record, Ashley Marshall won two sprints and Marcus Johnson had PR’s in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes as the Aggies shined at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge at Cal on Saturday.
Shanie Landen added a first-place finish in the 800 (2:10.73) and Cekarri Nixon won the 400 (53.77).
The Brutus Hamilton Challenge featured a scoring meet between Cal, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Utah. UCD, club and unattached competitors rounded out the field.
Barber cleared 5 feet, 7.75 inches at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic two weeks ago which put her No. 3 all-time, but then went over 5-8.75 on her second attempt Saturday to break the 1987 school record of 5-8.50 set by Liz Berger in 1987. Barber finished fourth in Saturday’s meet.
Marshall earned three wins in the sprints, taking the prelim and final of the 100 and then later capturing the 200. Her prelim 100 time of 11.49 seconds was her fastest wind-legal time of the year. Marshall (24.04) edged Morgan Pope of Sacramento State (24.09) for first place in the 200.
Johnson had a big day for the Aggie men, opening his afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the 100 prelims in a career-best 10.56 seconds that pushed him from No. 5 to No. 3 all-time at UCD. Later in the meet, his 21.15 was good for fourth in the 200, and is put him just .01 seconds shy of a school record.
A discus win by Breanna Standifer highlighted the Aggie performance on Friday in the Brutus Hamilton Open, while three other throwers picked up second-place finishes.
Standifer’s career-best mark of 148-9 sent her to the victory.
UCD’s runner-up showings came from Veronica Smart (45-5 in the shot put), Brandon Greenberg (53-7.75, shot put) and Matthew Bender (162-4, discus).
Aggie runner Matt Moreno also took second in the 400 meters (career-best 49.09 seconds).
UCD women’s water polo
Sophomore Allyson Hanson and junior Keelia Houston, a DHS graduate, each scored two goals but the 19th-ranked Aggies never quite got over the hump, falling to No. 8 Hawaii, 7-6, in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals.
UCD (12-18), pulled to within one goal on three separate occasions after the Rainbow Wahine (18-9) took a 4-1 lead early.
Aggie junior goalkeeper Jillian Wildling had 10 saves and two steals to keep the team close, while Hansen and Houston scored all of their goals in a second-half comeback attempt.
Early in the fourth period Hansen delivered an entry pass to senior Hannah Curran, who fired into the cage by the nearside post to cut the margin back to 6-5, while Houston scored the final local goal with 1:37 left.
UCD will face No. 13 UC Santa Barbara in the fifth-place game on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
UCD men’s tennis
In a match that was similar to a marathon regular-season matchup between the two teams, Hawaii edged the Aggies, 4-3, on Friday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden to knock UCD out of the Big West Tournament.
The semifinal loss ends the Aggie season with a 14-11 record, their first winning mark as a Division I squad.
On Friday, the Rainbow Warriors won the doubles point — despite a victory by UCD’s Alec Adamson and Adam Levie at No. 1 — and that proved decisive as the teams split the six singles matches.
In singles, the Aggies but were dealt an early blow when James Wade — 19-3 in dual match play this season — was forced to retire due to injury.
UCD responded with three straight victories as freshman Bryce McKelvie won at No. 6, sophomore Brett Bacharach captured the No. 4 matchup and Adamson took his match. McKelvie and Bacharach each went three sets before triumphing.
After a win by Hawaii, the No. 3 match between Aggie senior captain Kyle Miller and Chas Okamoto would decide the outcome. Miller won the first set 6-3, but Okamoto rallied with 6-2 and 7-5 victories to send UCD home.
UCD women’s tennis
Though the doubles round featured a pair of matches that went to a tiebreaker, UC Santa Barbara eventually finished off a 4-0 sweep of the Aggies in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament at Indian Wells.
UCD finishes its season at 12-10 overall.
In the exciting doubles round, the Aggies No. 2 squad of Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa — a pair of graduating seniors — rallied from a 4-1 deficit to force a tiebreaker.
By digging deep, the UCD duo extended its school Division I-record win streak to a staggering 16 contests by winning the tiebreak, 7-3, en route to an 8-7 victory.
However, that was the Aggies’ only win in match that also brought senior Nicole Koehly’s career to an end.
UCD women’s lacrosse
Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry scored a career-high seven goals while sophomore Courtney Neff added a personal best of five as the Aggies finished the season with a 20-12 victory over St. Mary’s in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Friday at Aggie Stadium.
UCD senior Lauren Nardi finished her career with two goals, while freshman Pauline Kaplan added two of her own for the Aggies, who end up at 8-8 overall and 3-6 in MPSF play.
The 20-goal output was a season best for UCD, as was senior goalkeeper Jordan Majka’s 12-save performance.
The Gaels actually took 4-1 and 7-3 leads before the Aggies stormed back with six of the next seven goals.
UCD took the lead for good when Landry drew a double team up top then found teammate Meghan Jordan on a crease roll to make it 9-8 with 1:28 left in the first half.
Landry finished the season with 48 goals, lifting her career total to 110, good for seventh in school history.
Along with Nardi and Majka, senior Carly Voris played in her final game as an Aggie and Allison Langius, whose career was cut short by injuries but served as a team manager for 2014, also was honored in the pregame tributes.