With only one Big West Conference series remaining for UC Davis, it has still yet to find an answer to its struggles.
After falling to No. 13 California at home, the Aggies dropped three straight against the Gauchos over the weekend. They’ve lost 11 straight after a 21-19 start.
Wednesday – No. 13 California 3, UC Davis 1
The Aggies have not had much luck against Pacific-10 Conference opponents this season, entering Wednesday play with a 0-5 record against such teams.
UC Davis‘ Pac-10 woes continued against nationally ranked Cal, as the Aggies could only muster one run on three hits in a 3-1 loss.
The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a single and a force-out in the top of the second inning.
The Aggies responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame on a passed ball and a fielding error.
Cal tacked on another run in the fifth and held UC Davis scoreless for the remainder of the contest to earn the non-conference victory.
Saturday: Game 1 – UCSB 3, UC Davis 2
UC Davis‘ run of tough luck continued in the first game of a double header as it lost another one-run game – its fourth in its past nine defeats.
In the first inning, junior Jessica Ziegler hit a two-run home run to give the Gauchos the early 2-0 advantage. UCSB added another score in the second.
In the fourth, freshman Kelly Harman and junior Sarah Axelson both had base knocks. Junior Erin Emde promptly singled to drive in both runners as UC Davis looked prime to make a comeback, bringing things within one, 3-2.
The UC Davis offense stalled from there, as UCSB escaped with the narrow win.
Saturday: Game 2 – UCSB 1, UC Davis 0
UC Davis has had its share of brilliant pitching performances this year. The problem has been scoring runs.
The second game of the twin bill was yet another chapter in this story.
UCSB scored the only run of the game – an unearned one – in the fifth inning on a base hit by senior Jackie Conlin.
Sophomore Alex Holmes was stellar for the Aggies. She pitched six innings, giving up zero earned runs and allowing only six hits on the day.
Junior Lindsey Correa pitched a gem for the Gauchos, limiting UC Davis to just four hits on the game.
Sunday – UC Santa Barbara 12, UC Davis 0 (5)
The Gauchos wasted no time giving the Aggies a parting gift in the last contest of the three-game set. UCSB had nine hits and 12 runs in the first inning to easily defeat UC Davis and sweep the series.
The Gauchos capitalized on an error by the Aggies to score eight unearned runs. Freshman Amanda Ziegler capped off the scoring brigade with a three-run blast.
UCSB had eight players record at least one base hit. UC Davis had one hit as a team.
Senior Christine Ramos led the offensive attack for the Gauchos, going 3-for-3 with two runs and a team-high three RBI.
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