Aggies Face No. 1 Cal And Host Stampede II

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March 6, 2012

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UC DAVIS SOFTBALL WEEKLY RELEASE
No. 1/2 California - Wednesday, Mar. 7, 3 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif. (Levine-Fricke Field)

Aggie Stampede II - Friday, Mar. 9 - Sunday, Mar. 11
Davis, Calif. (La Rue Field)

QUICK HITS

- UC Davis went 1-2 at the Highlander Classic last weekend, downing Maine in a 2-0 victory.  
- Justine Vela turned in the best pitching performance on the season for the Aggies, tossing a complete game shutout while allowing just three hits and striking out 13.  
- Amy Nunez had a break-out week at the plate last week, hitting .625 over three games. Kayla Tyler also posted a .571 batting average in that time, complete with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
- UC Davis had two close losses last week and the Aggies have lost nine games by three runs or less this season.
- The Aggies now face their toughest test yet, traveling for a midweek game at No. 1/2 California on Wednesday, Mar. 7.
- UC Davis will also host its second home tournament of the season this weekend, playing Idaho three times in three days and facing Sacramento State in two contests.

OPPONENT SCOUTING REPORT                        
California:
The Golden Bears enter Wednesday’s game with a 16-0 record, a No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and a No. 2 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll. Cal has downed four ranked opponents on the season as part of its undefeated record. The Golden Bears’ pitching staff has dominated this season, with a team ERA of 1.03. After a 13-5 win in game one over No. 3 Tennessee, Cal has not allowed more than three runs in any game. They have also tallied nine shutouts on the season, led by Valerie Arioto’s ERA of 0.48. Arioto also leads the Golden Bears at the plate with a .531 batting average, including eight home runs and a slugging percentage of 1.375. Cal has for players hitting over .400 on the season with a team batting average of .370. The Golden Bears have faced three Big West member schools, defeating UC Riverside (10-0, 5 inn.), Cal Poly (4-1) and Cal State Northridge (7-0).

UC Davis/California all-time series: Cal leads 19-6

Idaho State: The Bengals enter the Aggie Stampede II with a 3-13 overall record after going 1-3 at the Highlander Classic last weekend. UC Davis also competed at the Highlander Classic but did not have any of the same opponents as Idaho State. The Bengals have yet to play a home game this season, competing in three tournaments at Arizona State, UNLV and UC Riverside. In a matchup with the Highlanders, Idaho State came up short in a 3-2 loss. The Bengals have struggled in the circle this season, allowing 7.5 runs per game as a team. Amanda Fitzsimmons has thrown a team-high 41.0 innings for a 2-4 record and 5.29 ERA. Idaho State is led at the plate by Becky Simonsen, who has a .360 batting average with a .460 slugging percentage and .484 on base percentage. Vicky Galasso leads the team with seven extra base hits, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .560 slugging percentage.

UC Davis/Idaho State all-time series: First Meeting

Sacramento State: The Hornets start the week with an 8-8 record and will play a doubleheader at Nevada before traveling to the Aggie Stampede II. Sacramento State started the season at the Fresno State Kickoff, winning four out of five games before recording a 1-3 mark at the PCSC Crossover Tournament. Last week the Hornets were 2-3 at the Louisville Slugger Invitational hosted by Pacific. Sacramento State had a pair of wins over Delaware, two losses to Pacific and a five-inning loss to No. 3 Washington. The Hornets have been led at the plate by Alyssa Nakken, who has a team best .529 slugging percentage and .353 batting average with two home runs and nine RBIs. Taylor Stroud has dominated in the circle for Sacramento State, tallying a 6-3 record and a 2.14 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched. UC Davis was originally scheduled to face the Hornets in a single game last week but the game was postponed due to rain.

UC Davis/Sacramento State all-time series: Sacramento State leads 57-33