DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis scored nine runs on nine hits against three Hornet pitchers on the way to a 9-1 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference softball game Tuesday afternoon at La Rue Field. The game was stopped after five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
The Hornets dropped to 7-12 this season while UC Davis improved to 10-13. Sacramento State, which still owns a 62-36 all-time record against UC Davis, was mercy ruled by the Aggies for the first time in school history.
Much like Sacramento State's loss earlier this season to the Aggies in Fresno, Hornet pitchers had trouble with command. In the team's earlier meeting, a 6-2 Davis win on Feb. 13, Sacramento State hurlers yielded six walks and hit two batters.
Today, the Aggies took advantage of four walks, a hit batter, two illegal pitches and a wild pitch over the first two innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead. From there, UC Davis was in control as the Aggies would score at least one run in all five innings.
Sacramento State mounted a pair of threats offensively, including the third inning after Paige Martin doubled home pinch runner Makenzie Wayadande. The Martin double put runners at second and third with one out, but the Hornets would not score again. In the fifth inning, Sacramento State loaded the bases with two outs, but Aggie reliever Justine Vela was inserted into the game and got Shelby Johnston to ground out and end the inning.
Leah Munden (6-4) picked up the win for UC Davis, allowing four hits and one run while walking one and striking out two over 4.2 innings. Six different Aggies collected hits in the game, including Christa Castellow who went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, and Amy Nunez who went 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
For Sacramento State, Caitlin Brooks (3-2) picked up the loss, working the first 1.1 innings, before Celina Matthias (0.2) and Kaitlyn Yerby (2.2) also pitched.
Martin led the way offensively for Sacramento State, as the fifth-year senior finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. Marissa Maligad and Kayla Papez also had a hit for Sacramento State.
The Hornets will now turn their attention to a season-long 14-game homestand, beginning with this week's Capital Classic from Thursday through Sunday. Sacramento State opens tournament play on Thursday against Penn State at 3:15 p.m. The Hornets will play all four days during the tournament, including twice on Saturday. For tournament information, including schedule and ticket prices, please click here.
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