April 30, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - UC Davis right-hander Lindsay Tognetti held the Titans to just five hits, while Roxanne Hannan and Nikki Sheldon each hit home runs to lead the visiting Aggies to a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Field.
The Titans fell to 31-21 overall on the season, losing for the first time in the brief six-game history between the two schools. The Aggies improved to 14-32 overall with the victory.
Fullerton starter Candice Baker and Tognetti were locked in a pitchers duel through the first four and a half innings before the Titans broke through first on a solo home run by freshman Courtney Martinez to lead off the home half of the fifth for the 1-0 lead.
However, UC Davis rallied back behind Trish Paine, who was 3-for-3 on the day, as she led off the sixth with a double to center and scored three batters later as Hannan launched her fifth home run of the season to left to give the Aggies a 2-1 advantage.
UC Davis kept the pressure on as Ashley Johnson followed with a single back up the middle and scored on Sheldon's two-run shot to left centerfield, giving the Aggies a 4-1 lead.
Tognetti side-stepped trouble in the sixth, striking out the side after back-to-back two-out hits put runners on the corners for the Titans.
She also dodged a bullet in the seventh as Katie Gollhardt led off with an infield single and Ashley Van Boxmeer drew a walk, but Tognetti induced Kiki Munoz to fly out into a double play as Gollhardt was thrown out at home, and Marissa Marzan fouled out to end the game.
Cal State Fullerton stranded 11 runners on base for the day - seven of those in scoring position.
Tognetti (7-13) allowed just one run, was not hurt by any of her eight walks, and finished with six strikeouts. Baker (18-9) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out seven.
Fullerton homered for the 13th consecutive game, giving the Titans 53 for the season - just one shy of the 1999 squad's total of 54 for second all time in school history.
The Titans return to action next weekend as they open a three-game Big West Conference series at Cal Poly on May 6-7 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.