Aggies wrap up winning season with twinbill sweep

May 12, 2018

Box Score - Game 1 | Box Score - Game 2

DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis' Katie Kibby and Brooke Yanez each twirled complete-game shutouts, and the 2018 Aggies became the winningest team in the program's Division I history following a doubleheader sweep of visiting Hawai'i by the scores of 6-0 and 5-0 to close out the final day of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at La Rue Field.

Clinching their third Big West Conference series victory of the year, UC Davis finished the campaign with a 27-24 overall record and a 9-12 mark in league play, posting the most wins overall and the program's first winning record at the Division I level in the process. The nine league victories are also the most under Head Coach Erin Thorpe and the highest number since the Aggies finished with the same record in 2014.

Held to just seven hits in the two games combined on Saturday, the Rainbow Wahine finished the season with a 23-27 overall record and a 7-14 Big West mark.

Sophomore right-hander Katie Kibby scattered just three hits and struck out five, while sophomore Isabella Leon finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI at the plate, helping power the Aggies to a 6-0 win in the opener.

The shutout was the sixth of the season and the 12th of Kibby's (11-10) career as the Vacaville, Calif., native stranded nine Hawai'i base runners on the day -- including the bases loaded twice in the fifth and sixth innings. The six shutouts match her total from last season and ranks tied for third on the school's Division I single-season list, while the 12 career shutouts are second in the Division I era only to Justine Vela's 17 set from 2012-15.

Freshman Aly Gomonet staked the Aggies to the early lead in the second inning, dropping a single down the left field line to score Leon (who doubled) for the 1-0 advantage. The score remained that way until the fifth inning when UC Davis sent eight batters to plate, scoring five times.

Three straight two-out hits led to a three-run advantage as Meghan Bradbury and Ashley Lotoszynski drove home runs to make it 3-0 and set the stage for Leon, whose blast cleared the centerfield wall for her fourth home run of the year, scoring those two ahead of her and a 6-0 lead.

That was more than enough for Kibby, who allowed only one hit through the first four innings and worked around a pair of two-out rallies in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Rainbow Wahine threatened to claw back into the game, but left the bases loaded after a fly ball and strikeout ended the frames, respectively.

Leon's two hits marked her ninth multi-hit game of the season while six of the nine starters in the lineup finished with base hits.

After throwing a four-hit shutout in the opener on Friday, Dana Thomsen (15-16) suffered the loss for Hawai'i, allowing the six runs on seven hits and striking out six over 4.2 innings of work. Emily Klee finished the game, walking one in 1.1 innings of relief.

Lotoszynski wrapped up her career in true "Senior Day" fashion in the night cap, driving in three runs over the first two innings -- including a two-run home run to put the Aggies on the board first -- and snaring the final out of the season on a line drive to end the game and wrap-up a 5-0 victory.

After a Bradbury single with one out, Lotoszynski took a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left centerfield for her second home run of the season and a 2-0 lead. UC Davis wasn't done as Gomonet added another run with an RBI single three batters later following a pitching change, and the Aggies were off and running.

A lead-off single by Marisa Given, who finished 3-for-3, opened the second inning and took second on a passed ball. A ground ball to the right side moved her up 60 feet to third and was enough of a distraction to draw a throw and allow Alyse Rojas to reach on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners.

Just a few pitches later, Rojas took off for second as Hawai'i threw down, allowing Given to scamper home with a steal of home and a 3-0 lead. With Rojas at third following a Bradbury single -- her second of her day -- Lotoszynski lofted a fly ball to right, deep enough to score Rojas on the sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the day and a 5-0 lead.

Yanez (15-11) then took control from there, facing just four over the minimum on four hits while striking out seven without a walk en route to the complete-game victory and her third shutout of the season. The freshman from Ventura, Calif., did not allow a runner to reach second base, retiring 12 of the final 14 batters she faced.

Gomonet added a pair of hits to join Given and Bradbury in the multi-hit club for the game as the Aggies finished with nine total.

Klee (2-2) -- the first of three pitchers on the day for the Rainbow Wahine -- suffered the loss in the start, allowing three runs on two hits after just one-third of an inning.

UC Davis 6, Hawai'i 0 (May 12, 2018 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 1)
Hawai'i............. 000 000 0 -  0  3  1      (23-26, 7-13 BIG WEST)
UC Davis............ 010 050 X -  6  7  1      (26-24, 8-12 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Thomsen, Dana; Klee, Emily(5) and Heen, Callee. UC Davis - Kibby, Katie and Siegel, Riley; Villalobos, Alexis.
Win - Kibby, Katie (11-10)  Loss - Thomsen, Dana (15-16)  T-1:51  A-0
HR UCD - Leon, Isabella (4).
Weather: 78 deg; wind:NNW12mph; clear

UC Davis 5, Hawai'i 0 (May 12, 2018 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 2)
Hawai'i............. 000 000 0 -  0  4  0      (23-27, 7-14 BIG WEST)
UC Davis............ 320 000 X -  5  9  0      (27-24, 9-12 BIG WEST)
Pitchers: Hawai'i - Klee, Emily; Martinez, D.(1); Thomsen, Dana(3) and Heen, Callee. UC Davis - Yanez, Brooke and Siegel, Riley.
Win - Yanez, Brooke (15-11)  Loss - Klee, Emily (2-2)  T-1:32  A-179
HR UCD - Lotoszynski, Ashley (2).
Weather: 82 deg.; wind:NW10mph; sunny

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