DAVIS, Calif. — Freshman Alyse Rojas finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two other Aggies finished with multiple hits on the day to back an 11-strikeout performance by classmate Brooke Yanez, lifting UC Davis to a, 5-1, victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon to close out day four of the 2018 Aggie Invitational at La Rue Field.
The win propelled the Aggies to 14-9 overall and 3-2 in the tournament entering Monday’s final day of play. UC Davis will complete its halted game from Friday against Northern Colorado that was stopped due to darkness at 2 p.m., before its regularly scheduled tournament finale against the Bears at approximately 3 p.m.
The Crusaders fell to 12-8 overall on the year, rounding out tournament play with a 3-2 record.
After spotting Valparaiso a first-inning run on an RBI single by Gabby Magnifico, Yanez (10-2) settled down to strikeout the side and allow only four baserunners on walks the rest of the way, holding the Crusaders to without a hit over the final 6 2/3 innings and stranding three runners in scoring position.
Meanwhile, the Aggies’ offense rallied back to take the lead for good with three runs in the second as the Rojas sisters, Alyse and Maddie, combined to drive in all three. A lead-off double by Ashley Lotoszynski was cashed in on Maddie Rojas’ double down the right field line to tie the game and, after Caroline Figueroa was hit by a pitch and a walk to Alex Sotomayor loaded the bases, Alyse laced a two-run single to left for the 3-1 lead.
UC Davis tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Maddie Rojas’ cue-shot double down the left field line led-off the inning and Sotomayor traded places with her on a two-out double of her own to the right centerfield gap to make it 4-1. Alyse Rojas then drove in her third run of the contest, dropping a single into left centerfield for the final 5-1 advantage.
Isabella Leon finished 2-for-3, while Maddie Rojas added a pair of runs scored to go with her two hits in support of Yanez, who went the distance for the 11th time in 12 starts this season and struck out double digits for the fifth time this year. Her 113 strikeouts this year are the most since Justine Vela finished with 175 in 2013 and are the sixth most in a single season in the programs’ Division I history.
Ashlyn Montgomery (2-5) suffered the loss for Valparaiso, allowing five runs on eight hits and walking two in four innings of work. Emily Richardson entered in relief, throwing a pair of hitless innings and striking out one.
Leon’s two knocks extended her hitting streak to a season-high seven games, one that would extend to eight upon the completion of her team’s game against Northern Colorado on Monday after the sophomore singled in the first inning of that contest.
Alyse Rojas collected her team-high fourth three-hit game of the year and her 11th multi-hit game of the season — also the most of any Aggie in 2018 — while the three RBI were a career high.
The Aggies and Bears will pick up in the top of the sixth inning of a scoreless tie as UC Davis’ Katie Kibby and Northern Colorado’s Lauren Paige were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kibby was perfect through her first 11 batters faced, surrendering just one hit and striking out nine through five, while Paige had allowed just three hits in her five complete innings.
UC Davis 5, Valparaiso 1 (Mar 11, 2018 at Davis, Calif.)
Valparaiso.......... 100 000 0 - 1 2 0 (12-6)
UC Davis............ 030 200 X - 5 8 0 (14-8)
Pitchers: Valparaiso - Montgomery, Ashlyn; Richardson, Emily(5) and Stauffenberg, Jenna. UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (10-2) Loss - Montgomery, Ashlyn T-1:45 A-278
Montgomery faced 1 batter in the 5th.
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