Yanez earns second straight Big West honor

Feb. 19, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — Freshman left-hander Brooke Yanez didn’t give up much in four appearances last week, yet she received a lot in return on Monday afternoon as the Ventura, Calif., native was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Continuing a torrid start to her collegiate career, the Aggies’ animal science major finished with a 3-1 record and allowed only an unearned run over 23 innings of work against No. 23 California and four opponents at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., as UC Davis won four of its five games at the tournament.

Yanez went the distance in all three of her starts, opening the week with eight strikeouts in a heart-breaking 1-0 loss against the nationally ranked Golden Bears, before tossing a one-hit shutout two days later against a Fresno State squad that was receiving votes in last week’s polls. She wrapped up the week with a nine-strikeout, three-hit shutout two days later in a win over Pacific, mixing in a victory in relief against CSU Bakersfield, allowing just one hit and striking out four over the final three innings against the Roadrunners.

All told, Yanez allowed just nine hits and struck out 27 batters against only seven walks, limiting opponents to a .123 average. She has not allowed a run in her last 17.1 innings of work and has not surrendered an earned run in her last 34.2 innings dating back to the season opener against South Dakota.

Heading into this weekend’s Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Yanez is 5-1 with a microscopic 0.18 ERA (one earned run, four runs overall) in six appearances this season, striking out 48 batters in just 39 innings, while scattering 22 hits. Opponents are hitting just .165 against the freshman thus far, ranking tied for third in the nation in victories in No. 9 in the NCAA in strikeouts.

The Aggies open play in Cathedral City, Calif., on Friday (Feb. 23) at 3 p.m., taking on Tennessee for a second time this season, before meeting Liberty immediately following at 5:30 p.m. UC Davis then meets Oklahoma State in its only game on Saturday (Feb. 24) at 9:30 a.m., before closing the tournament on Sunday (Feb. 25) against St. John’s (11:30 a.m.) and San Diego State (2 p.m.).

The Volunteers were ranked No. 10 in last week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I coaches poll released on Feb. 13, while the Cowgirls stood at No. 19 and were ranked as high as No. 15 according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches poll.

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, 2018
Brooke Yanez - Feb. 19, 2018

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.