March 3, 2014
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
March 1 at Santa Clara: L, 5-4
March 1 vs. Boston U.: W, 6-5 (8)
March 2 vs. Boston U.: W, 4-3
March 2 vs. Seattle U.: L, 7-6
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic
Hosted by Stanford – March 8-9, 2014
All games played at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium – Stanford, Calif.
Tournament Central/Live Stats
Saturday, March 8
UC Davis Aggies vs. North Dakota State (10-6) – 4:45 p.m.
UC Davis Aggies vs. Portland State (3-9) – 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 9
UC Davis Aggies at No. 15/11 Stanford (17-5) – 12:15 p.m.
NOTES: All times Pacific and subject to change; rankings are listed as USA Today/NFCA Coaches and ESPN.com/USA Softball as of March 3.
DAVIS, Calif. – Having already defeated Sacramento State earlier this season at La Rue Field, UC Davis will make the brief trek to downtown Sacramento to face the Hornets in their home opener. If the Aggies are able to spoil the festivities and earn a victory at Shea Stadium, the team will earn its first season sweep over Sacramento State since the 2011 season.
Following its Causeway road contest, UC Davis will have three days to prepare for its three weekend games at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. While in Stanford, the Aggies will take on North Dakota State and Portland State at 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday evening before facing event host Stanford Sunday afternoon at 12:15 p.m.
Of the six players listed by the Big West Conference as of Monday, four Aggies have hit enough doubles this season to earn a league ranking. Leading the league with six is Amy Nunez; Lauren Saunders is tied for second alongside two other players with five; Chandler Wagner and Christa Castello share the No. 5 spot with one other player who has also hit four.
KEEP CALM AND CONTINUE TO SLUG
Cracking the Big West’s top 10 list with her .612 slugging percentage is Kelly Zboralske–figure that increased dramatically due to her performance in Santa Clara (3/1-2).
On a weekend that saw her slug .933, three of Zboralske’s four hits were for extra bases. Responsible for the team’s only triple, she also hit a double and a home run, her team-high fourth round-tripper of the year.
AGGIES CONTINUE TO CRUSE THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Entering this week’s action, freshman right-hander Dana Cruse leads the Aggies’ pitching staff with three victories. In addition to recording the team’s only complete game, Cruse is the only pitcher to record a shutout – earned earlier in the season against Sacramento State, Tuesday’s opponent.
THE LEADERS OF UC DAVIS’ HIT SQUAT
Possessing a team-high 24 hits, sophomore shortstop Christa Castello’s total is the second-highest among all Big West batters. Castello is two hits ahead of Kelly Zboralske, who sits along in fourth place with 22.
ACE OF BASE(S)
Throughout 22 games, Kelly Zboralske leads the Big West Conference in total bases with 41. Once of two Aggies in the conference’s top 10, Amy Nunez is ranked No. 8 with 32 total bases to her credit.
FAST AS LIGHTNING
With only 18 games under her belt, Brianna Warner’s six stolen bases is a team-high total. Successful in each of her attempts, Warner ranks No. 3 in the conference alongside other player.
SHE’S SAFE AT THE CIRCLE?
For Leah Munden, this is the case as the sophomore left-hander leads all league pitchers with two saves–one shy of last year’s total.
VOSS AND Cat Guidry PROVIDE 1-2 PUNCH
Throughout the Aggies’ stay in Cathedral City, Calif. (2/21-23), as a participant in the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Cat Guidry and Caitlin Voss led the way for their team at the plate throughout the entire weekend. In her four games played, sophomore outfielder Cat Guidry hit 5-for-9 (.556) and scored four runs; Voss, a senior catcher and designated player, hit 5-for-11 (.455), drove in four runs, scored twice and hit a home run.
ALL MY BAGS ARE PACKED, I'M READY TO GO
Starting with five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (2/21-13), UC Davis will play 17 straight games on the road before hosting its next set of home games, a doubleheader against Saint Mary's, on March 26. This stretch of events is second only to UC Santa Barbara and its 20-game trip for the longest road swing on any of the eight Big West schedules.
TOUCH ‘EM ALL
Last season, UC Davis hit 10 home runs, the second-lowest total of any Big West team. This year, the Aggies have already surpassed this total and have hit 11 over the fence. Led by Kelly Zboralske with four, five difference players have gone long for UC Davis in 2014.
ONE STEP CLOSER
Freshman right-hander Dana Cruse surrendered just two hits in five-plus innings for her first collegiate win while sophomore shortstop Christa Castello collected two singles and drove in the game's only run, leading UC Davis to a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State in this season's only home Causeway Cup event (2/12). The victory added another 2.50 points in the Aggies' Causeway column, only four more points are needed to keep the cup in Davis for another year.
COACH YODER COLLECTS NO. 200
When UC Davis stepped off the diamond after capturing a 2-1 win against Robert Morris on Feb. 15, at the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament, head coach Karen Yoder recorded victory No. 200 as an Aggie.
AGGIES SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Even though six position starters, two starting pitchers and both All-Big West selections return for UC Davis in 2014, the Aggies received a fifth-place result in this season’s preseason coaches poll as released by the Big West Conference on Monday.
Hawai’i, the defending conference champion, narrowly captured first place by finishing with 59 points and four first-place votes, four more points than second-place Long Beach State who received 55 in addition to its three first-place votes. Cal State Fullerton, a team the Aggies defeated in two of three matchups last year, rounded out the top three with its 46-point total and one first-place vote.
UC Santa Barbara finished fourth with 40 points, followed by UC Davis and its 30 points; Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside completed the list in sixth, seventh and eighth place with their respective totals of 25, 24 and nine points.
LISTEN LIVE FROM LA RUE FIELD
KDVS, UC Davis' campus radio station, will simulcast eight home games from La Rue Field this season both online at ucdavisaggies.com, and on terrestrial radio at 90.3 FM. Games on its broadcast schedule include:
Feb. 11 vs. Pacific
Feb. 12 vs. Sacramento State
Feb. 18 vs. Stanford
April 18 vs. UC Santa Barbara (both games of that day's doubleheader)
April 19 vs. UC Santa Barbara
May 9 vs. Hawai'i (both games)
"We have not finalized our schedule since we have softball fans at the station and are working on scheduling additional extra internet-only broadcasts as the season progresses," said Samuel Meckler, Co-Director for KDVS.