Stellar debut nets Aggie hurler weekly Big West honors

Feb. 12, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez opened her Division I career with a bang at last weekend’s Kajikawa Classic, netting the first-year hurler the first Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honor of the 2018 campaign on Monday afternoon.

The first-year animal science major from Ventura, Calif., becomes only the third Aggie pitcher to win Big West weekly honors — and the first since 2013 — joining Alex Holmes, who won the award five times in her career, and Justine Vela, who took home four pitcher of the week honors in her time at UC Davis.

Yanez finished 2-0 in the circle with a 0.44 ERA thanks to a pair of complete-game victories over South Dakota and a receiving votes San Diego State squad in Tempe, Ariz., allowing just one earned run over 16 innings, while striking out 21 batters against only five walks.

In her collegiate debut, Yanez struck out a career-high 11 batters while scattering only six Coyote hits in a 3-1 victory, following that up two days later with 10 strikeouts over nine innings as the Aggies defeated the Aztecs, 3-2, allowing a pair of unearned runs. Overall, she held opposing batters to a .217 average (13-for-60) in the two starts, allowing just 13 hits in 16 combined innings.

Adding to her weekend accomplishments, it was her sacrifice fly with no outs in the bottom of the ninth that drove home classmate Riley Siegel with the winning run against SDSU.

The 11 strikeouts for Yanez were the most by an Aggie pitcher since Vela struck out 11 at Hawai’i in 2013, and she is the first UC Davis pitcher to deliver back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances since Vela did so against Pittsburgh (14) and CSU Bakersfield (12) earlier in that same 2013 season.

After finishing the weekend with three wins in five games, the Aggies return to the diamond on Wednesday (Feb. 14) at 2 p.m., making the drive to Berkeley, Calif., to take on California at Levine-Fricke Field, before heading down Highway 99 this weekend to take part in the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State on Feb. 16-18 at Margie Wright Diamond.

UC DAVIS ALL-TIME BIG WEST PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Alex Holmes - April 28, 2008
Alex Holmes - Feb. 16, 2009
Alex Holmes - Feb. 15, 2010
Alex Holmes - May 10, 2010
Alex Holmes - March 14, 2011
Justine Vela - March 12, 2012
Justine Vela - April 9, 2012
Justine Vela - April 23, 2012
Justine Vela - Feb. 25, 2013
Brooke Yanez - Feb. 12, 2017

UC DAVIS ALL-TIME BIG WEST PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Deanna Menapace - March 10, 2008
Kelly Harman - Feb. 16, 2009
Elizabeth Santana - May 3, 2010
Alex Holmes - May 10, 2010
Alex Holmes - March 14, 2011
Kelly Zboralske - March 10, 2014
Brianna Warner - May 8, 2017

SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.

ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.