Two Causeway Classics, featuring just six Sacramento State hits, have produced two victories for the UC Davis softball team.
After Aggie hurler Jessica Thweatt stopped the Hornets with a three-hitter on Sunday at a tournament in San Diego, Alex Holmes matched that performance to beat Sac State, 2-1, on Wednesday.
With the win in its home opener at La Rue Field, UCD improved to 5-4 on the season.
Wednesday’s contest was a pitchers’ duel, as Sarah Stroud also threw well for the Hornets (1-6), allowing no earned runs despite taking the loss.
Sacramento State actually got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third, after Paige Martin reached on a lead-off single. Alyssa Nakken followed with a double to left-center to plate the Hornets’ only run of the game. Sac State, in fact, got just one more hit against Holmes — a seventh-inning double — the rest of the way, as she improved to 2-2.
The Aggies took advantage of a Sacramento State error that kept the bottom of the fourth inning going, taking a 2-1 advantage on Rachel Miller’s two-run single.
The Hornets nearly tied it in the seventh, putting a runner on third with just one out, but Holmes recorded two of her four strikeouts to close out the game.
“I think that we had much better defense (Wednesday) than we have had in previous games,” UCD head coach Karen Yoder said. “Sac State challenged us by putting the ball in play and our infield did a good job of converting ground balls into outs. It’s something that we have focused on in the last few games. Alex was so relaxed … and she did a good job of adjusting to the zone. I was proud of the team defensively.”
The Aggies will be back in action this weekend, traveling to play five games in the Nike Stanford Invitational, starting with Colorado State on Friday at 6 p.m.
“We have some great competition coming up this weekend,” Yoder said. “I like our team and their focus. I need all 19 players ready to play this weekend. This is what preseason is all about; testing players and your team against great competition in different settings.”
Stroud dropped to 1-2 for the Hornets, allowing four hits in six innings of work.