All five opponents finished among the top 100 in last year's final RPI
UC Davis joins four other teams for three-day tournament hosted by Fresno State
Fresh off a winning opening weekend, Aggies travel to the Bay Area to meet regional rival
Freshman Brooke Yanez goes 2-0 and strikes out 21 to claim first award of 2018
UC Davis faces two ranked teams and another receiving votes in this weekend's Kajikawa Classic
2016: Appeared in 31 games... Named a starter on 10 occasions... Led the Aggies pitching staff with her .317 ERA and .285 opposing batting average... Ranked third on the team with her 71.2 innings pitched... No pitcher in the Aggies' Div. I era holds a lower career opponent batting average (.219), or threw more shutouts (17) than Vela... Responsible for the highest career strikeouts per seven innings (7.20) average in the program's D-I era... Ranked No. 2 in the D-I era with her 2.61 career ERA, 515 strikeouts, 37 victories and 501.0 innings pitched... Combined efforts with Leah Munden to help UC Davis record a 1-0 shutout win vs. Hawai'i (4/1, Gm. 1) to pick up her first save of the season... Threw a complete-game shutout in the Aggies' 1-0 victory at Cal Poly (5/1)... Struck out a season-high six batters the following week at CSUN (5/13).
2015: Returned from a season-ending injury to finish No. 2 among all Aggie pitchers in ERA (4.83), opposing batting average (.289), innings pitched (53.2) and strikeouts (29)... Of her 26 appearances, she was named a starter in seven games... Ended her junior season with a 1-6 record and a 4.83 ERA... Threw one complete game, at Saint Mary's (3/22)... Fanned a season-high five batters in that same game... Struck out 29 batters throughout her 53.2 innings pitched last season... Collected her first victory at UC Santa Barbara (4/18).
2014: Threw five pitches in the team's season opener vs. Arkansas (2/7), at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off, before suffering a season-ending injury.
2013: ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM... Ended the year with six national rankings: No. 14 in hits allowed per seven innings (4.34), No. 35 in shutouts (7), No. 82 in ERA (2.03), No. 84 in strikeouts per seven innings (7.1), No. 87 in strikeouts (175), and No. 135 in victories (15)... Led the Big West with her .177 opposing batting average... Also finished her sophomore season ranked No. 3 in the conference with a 2.03 ERA and 175 strikeouts, No. 5 with 15 wins and sixth with 172.2 innings pitched... Led all pitchers with a .184 opposing batting average in conference games only... Selected as the conference's Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 25... Named a starter in 29 of 33 games... Led the team with her 15-10 record and 2.03 ERA... Recorded 17 complete games... Also earned seven shutouts... Struck out 175 batters throughout her 172.2 innings pitched... Earned her second career save against Cal Poly (5/10, Gm. 2)... Fanned 14 batters, one shy of her career high, vs. Pittsburgh (3/10)... Struck out 10 or more batters on another four occasions: 10 vs. Pacific (4/10), 11 at Hawai'i (3/29) and 12 vs. USF (2/23) and at CSU Bakersfield (3/16, Gm. 1)... Allowed a season-low one hit, all complete-game starts, vs. Fordham (2/24), Pittsburgh and Cal Poly.
2012: NFCA ALL-PACIFIC REGION SECOND TEAM... BIG WEST CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR... BIG WEST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN PITCHER OF THE YEAR... ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM... Finished 20-13 with 2.10 ERA... First 20-game winner at UC Davis since Amy Rosson posted 29 in 2003... Led Big West Conference with 272 strikeouts and nine shutouts... Strikeout total ranks No. 3 in school history... Also finished No. 2 among league leaders in opposing batting (.206), third in ERA, wins and innings (203.0)... Selected as conference's Pitcher of the Week on three occasions (3/12, 4/9, 4/23)... First such award was primarily for no-hitter vs. Idaho State during Aggie Stampede II (3/11)... Second honor came after back-to-back shutouts, including one-hitter, at Cal State Northridge (4/6, 4/7)... Third weekly award honored consecutive shutouts of Cal Poly (4/20, 4/22)... Fanned 10 or more batters on 12 occasions, including season-high 15 at Santa Clara (2/21)... Also sent down 14 in the one-hitter against the Matadors (4/7), 13 in shutouts of Maine (3/4) and Idaho State (3/9).
STOCKDALE HS '11: Named second-team ESPN/Rise All-American in 2011... Also claimed first-team all-state, Bakersfield Californian All-Area Player of the Year, Southwest Yosemite League MVP and Bakersfield Jockey Club award as a senior... Registered .456 batting average with an 0.11 ERA and 337 strikeouts that year... Helped team to 22-8-1 overall record and 10-2 SWYL mark en route to Central Section banner... Picked up first-team all-state acclaim as a sophomore and junior.
PERSONAL: Born in Bakersfield, California... Majoring in human development... Parents are Jose & Rosanne Vela... Lists her mother as her non-sports hero, surfer Bethany Hamilton as her sports hero... Career goal is to start her own business as a physical therapist.