Softball wins first conference game against UC Davis

Bryan Tuttle/HIGHLANDER
Bryan Tuttle/HIGHLANDER

April 18, 2013
Titans 11 – Highlanders 0

The Highlander softball team needed the help of the mercy rule to end the its woes after five innings, during which they found themselves down an unfathomable 11 runs.

Though the match remained scoreless after two innings, the Titans were quick to capitalize on three Highlander errors in the third inning to put six quick runs up on the board.

Titan Ariel Tsuchiyama added another run for the Titans in the fourth. Four additional runs came in the fourth inning for Fullerton to cap off their huge 11-0 lead that would secure a quick victory for Fullerton.

April 18, 2013
Titans 3 – Highlanders 1

Another tough match ensued for the Highlanders as they took the field for the second game of their doubleheader against Fullerton en route to a 3-1 defeat.

Again, the Titans struck first with two runs off an Eliza Crawford homer in the first inning. In the second, Titans Carissa Turang and Tiffany Sheffler hit a double to net Fullerton another run, increasing the lead to 3-0.

Highlander pitcher Alyssa Razo performed exceptionally well the rest of the match, only allowing two hits and shutting the Titans out. However, the UCR offense could not find its groove as Natalie Sanchez’s RBI single was the only run the Highlanders could muster.

April 20, 2013
Highlanders 8 – Aggies 5

UC Riverside’s softball team won its first conference match of the season in shootout fashion, topping the UC Davis Aggies by scoring eight runs at home.

The Highlanders’ blitzkrieg of scoring started right from the get-go with Ashley Ercolano’s homer and Marissa Escalante’s triple putting three runs on the board for UCR.

In the second inning, albeit not for long, Davis was able to steal the lead from the Highlanders with four straight runs.

Highlander Nicolette Lujan tied the game with an RBI at the bottom of the second inning. Two innings later, the Highlanders scored four straight in the fourth which would prove to be enough for UCR to secure victory in game one. 

April 20, 2013
Aggies 3 – Highlanders 1 

After their 8-5 victory, the Highlanders took the field for the final game of the double header against UC Davis but fell 3-1.

The match was a polar opposite of the high-scoring affair that took place a few hours prior. Both teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 through the first four innings.

Davis finally broke the tie at the top of the fifth with three straight runs on the Highlanders’ starting pitcher Alyssa Razo.

The Highlander offense was missing in action for the vast majority of the match as no scoring was to be found for UCR until their last gasp at the bottom of the seventh inning. Dionne Anderson singled to shortstop in the final half-inning of the match, allowing Marissa Escalante to score the team’s first and only run.

April 21, 2013
Aggies 1 – Highlanders 0

After splitting the doubleheader Saturday, April 20 against the Aggies, the Highlanders concluded their three-game series against UC Davis in a decisive rubber match, falling 1-0.

The first six innings saw absolutely no scores by either team. In the final inning, Aggie Chandler Wagner struck a single that paved the way for Kristin Bava’s RBI single to left field. Wagner’s run would be the only score of the game, as UC Davis was able to secure the win by shutting the Highlanders out.

With the loss, UCR softball falls to 1-13 in conference play, with their next opportunity coming at home against Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, April 24.

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