Feb. 17, 2011
Complete Game Notes
UC DAVIS SOFTBALL GAME NOTES
San Diego Classic I
Friday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, Feb. 20
San Diego State University / University of San Diego
SDSU Softball Stadium / USD Softball Complex
- UC Davis is set to play in their second tournament of the 2011 season, facing five opponents at the San Diego Classic I.
- The tourney is co-hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State. The Aggies will play both games on day one at the SDSU Softball Stadium and the final three games at the USD Softball Complex.
- Last week UC Davis went 2-3 at the Hawai’i Paradise Classic, falling to No. 8 Hawai’i in the championship game.
- Alex Holmes, JJ Wagoner and Elizabeth Santana were all named to the All-Tournament team.
OPPONENT SCOUTING REPORT
Northwestern: The Wildcats started their season last weekend, playing in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. hosted by Arizona State University. Northwest went 3-2 on the weekend, losing only against ranked opponents. They dropped the season opener against No. 9 Oklahoma and lost a 10-inning 5-4 game to No. 23 Oklahoma State. The Wildcats have wins over Bradley, Western Michigan and North Texas. Emily Allard had a hot start for Northwestern, batting .500 through the first five games. Meghan Lamberth recorded a 3-0 week in the circle, while holding a 2.10 ERA.
California: The Golden Bears also played their first games of the season at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State. Cal went 3-1 on the weekend, dropping a 5-4 contest to Texas Tech. The Golden Bears had five-inning wins over Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Northridge, before taking a 3-0 win against Indiana to cap the weekend off. Britt Vonk was on fire at the plate in her first 10 at bats, hitting .800 and tallying three doubles and three RBI. Joiene Henderson started three games and received a decision in all four games last week, going 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA.
Howard: The Bison will play their first games of the 2011 season at the San Diego Classic. Last season Howard finished with a 26-22 record and a 14-1 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They also went on to win the conference tournament. The Bison were picked to finish first in the MEAC in the preseason poll for 2011. Rebecca Kirshner and Lorae Robinson were named to the preseason all-conference first-team.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs enter this weekend with a 2-0 record, after a pair of wins over Sacramento State at home last weekend. The San Diego Classic will be the first tournament of the season for Fresno State. The Bulldogs were picked to finish second in the WAC this season, behind preseason favorite Hawai’i. Senior shortstop Haley Gilleland, junior pitcher/first baseman Michelle Moses and senior catcher Caitlin Stiglich were all selected to the preseason All-WAC team. Moses backed up her preseason nod by hitting .750 in the first two games of the season, while collecting four extra base hits and two home runs for a 1.875 slugging percentage.
San Diego: The Toreros will start the 2011 season with their home, co-hosted tournament. Last season San Diego finished with a 22-25 record and an 11-7 mark in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. After a slow start last season, the Toreros won nine of their final 12 games and seven of eight to close out the conference season. San Diego finished a win short of advancing to the championship game in the Coastal Division of the PCSC. This season, the Toreros were picked to finish fourth out of six teams in the Coastal Division.
The Aggies have a good mix of opponents this week. UC Davis will try to pick up the first all-time series win against Northwestern and Fresno State. The game against Howard will be the first in the all-time season. The Aggies will also try to stay perfect against the host school San Diego.
Howard: First Meeting
Fresno State: 0-7
San Diego: 3-0
PARADISE CLASSIC RECAP
UC Davis played well at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic hosted by Hawai’i, despite coming away with a 2-3 record on the weekend. The Aggies had to face No. 8 Hawai’i twice last week, including a matchup in the championship game. UC Davis had a 4-2 win over Southern Utah to earn the No. 3 seed heading into bracket play. The Aggies had a solid win against Texas State in the final day of the tourney, winning 4-1 over the reigning Southern Conference champions. Alex Holmes, JJ Wagoner and Elizabeth Santana were all named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts.
TWO FOR THWEATT TO START THE SEASON
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Thweatt had a strong start to the season, going 2-0 in her first two appearances of the year. Thweat had wins over Southern Utah and Texas State at the Hawai’i Paradise Classic. She threw a complete game and allowed just six hits and two earned runs in a win over the Thunderbirds. Thweatt also held Texas State scoreless for four innings, before allowing a run in the fifth inning en route to a 4-1 win and her second win of the season.
HOLMES ON ASA WATCHLIST
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America has selected its initial watch list for the 10th annual ASA USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Alex Holmes is among the 50 names on the preseason list, the first leg of the process for what is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 13. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level. Holmes is the first Aggie to land on the Player of the Year watch list in program DI history and is the league’s reigning Pitcher of the Year.
UC Davis returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s championship squad, including seven position players and one pitcher. Senior Alex Holmes is the reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year and also received First Team All-Conference honors as a pitcher and designated player. Holem went 16-11 with a 3.01 ERA in 2010, with 12 complete games and 143 strikeouts. Against conference foes, Holmes was even better as she went 9-1 with a 2.10 ERA, four complete games, one shutout and 43 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. She also allowed opposing batters to hit just .228 and recorded a couple of saves. The Aggie talent is also at the plate as Holmes (.345 BA), 2010 Big West Freshman of the Year Elizabeth Santana (.341 BA, 56 H, 31 R, 13 2B) and Kylie Fan (.330 BA, 34 H, 12 R) headline a potent UC Davis offense.
In a tight vote among the Big West’s eight head coaches, UC Davis was picked to finish second in league play this season. The Aggies received three first place votes and finished just three points behind the favorite, Cal Poly. Complete results can be seen below.