Feb. 26, 2013
UC Davis (7-9)
Sacramento State (4-4)
Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. (DH)
Shea Stadium - Sacramento, Calif.
Series Record: Sacramento State leads 60-33
Last UC Davis Win: 4-2 (A) (3/30/11)
Last Sacramento State Win: 2-1 (N) (2/10/13)
Current Streak: Sacramento State +3
Saint Mary's (3-8)
Saturday, March 2, at 12 p.m. (DH)
Cottrell Field - Moraga, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis leads 29-10
Last UC Davis Win: 6-0 (H) (3/27/11)
Last Saint Mary's Win: 6-4 (A) (3/707)
Current Streak: UC Davis +7
DAVIS, Calif. - In a month that has included trips to Fresno, Palo Alto and Clearwater, Fla., for tournament competition, UC Davis will enjoy a friendlier travel schedule this week with doubleheaders at Sacramento State and Saint Mary's.
The Aggies will start their twinbill against the Hornets on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m., and end their current stretch of road games on Saturday, March 2, in Moraga, Calif., against the Gaels.
Saturday's action at Saint Mary's will start at 12 p.m.; live stats for all four games, and an audio stream of Wednesday's Causeway doubleheader are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
VELA NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Recording both UC Davis victories against No. 14 South Florida and Fordham at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Justine Vela was named Big West Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
The sophomore right-hander ended her weekend with a 2-0 record, 1.88 ERA and fanned 20 batters throughout her 18.2 innings pitched.
For her efforts throughout the three-day, six-game NFCA Leadoff Classic this past weekend in Clearwater, Fla., Vela also earned one of 12 spots on the All-Tournament Team.
Against South Florida, Vela struckout a season-high 12 batters and allowed only one extra-base hit to help the Aggies upset the No.14-ranked team in the nation by a 1-0 score. The following day, Vela helped UC Davis end its weekend in victorious fashion with a one-hit performance against Fordham to record her second complete-game shutout in as many appearances.
The honor is the first received by Vela this season, and the fourth earned throughout her one-plus seasons at UC Davis.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE
Forced to cancel its game at San Jose State on Feb. 19 due to the threat of inclement weather, Sacramento State will end its 10-day layoff in Wednesday's Causeway matchup.
For UC Davis, that doubleheader against the Hornets will also serve as an opportunity to earn its first win of the season over Sacramento State after falling by a narrow 2-1 margin at the Fresno State Kick-off earlier this month.
Even though Sacramento State leads the all-time series 60-33, and hold a three-game win streak against UC Davis, the Aggies have earned their fair share of wins over the Hornets in recent seasons by defeating the Hornets in seven of the last 10 head-to-head matchups.
Sacramento State's starting lineup has skewed young this season as only two starters from last year's team, third baseman Emily McCormick and centerfielder Kelli Frye, are found in this year's lineup.
With only half as many games under their belt compared to the Aggies who have competed against top-notch competition throughout their 16 games, all eight of Sacramento State's games have been decided by three runs or less.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S
Victorious in its last seven overall meetings against Saint Mary's, and its last seven played in Moraga - Feb. 6, 1993 was the last time the Aggies lost a game to Saint Mary's on its own diamond - UC Davis will look to extend its success against the Gaels in Saturday's doubleheader at Cottrell Field.
Starting their season by losing their first six straight games, the Gaels have responded in recent weeks by winning three of their last five games played. Defeating Santa Clara and Cal State Northridge last Sunday, Saint Mary's also earned a victory against the same Sacramento State team that the Aggies will face Wednesday afternoon.
Earning all three wins for her team, two of which were decided by one run, freshman right-handed pitcher Lujane Mussadi also possesses a team-low 1.83 ERA and has gone the distance in four of her five starts in the circle.
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