March 12, 2014
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
March 4 at Sacramento State: L, 5-0
March 8 vs. North Dakota State: W, 4-2
March 8 vs. Portland State: W, 4-3 (8)
March 9 at No. 22/17 Stanford: L, 3-2
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Wolf Pack Classic
Hosted by Nevada – March 15-16, 2014
All games played at Christina M. Hixon Softball Park – Reno, Nev.
Saturday, March 15
UC Davis Aggies (9-17) vs. North Dakota (0-10) – 10 a.m.
UC Davis Aggies at Nevada (12-9) – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 16
UC Davis Aggies vs. North Dakota – 10 a.m.
UC Davis Aggies at Nevada – 12:30 p.m.
NOTES: All times Pacific and subject to change
DAVIS, Calif. – With its Big West opener rapidly approaching on March 29, UC Davis will participate in its final tournament games of the season at this weekend’s Wolf Pack Classic. While in Reno, the Aggies will compete twice against North Dakota and tournament host Nevada.
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
A stellar performance at last weekend’s Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic helped sophomore utility player Kelly Zboralske earn Field Player of the Week accolades from the Big West Conference.
With the announcement, Zboralske became the first UC Davis field player since Alex Holmes was recognized on March 14, 2011, to garner softball weekly honors.
Throughout her team’s four games played last week, the Orangevale, Calif., native drove in five of her teams 11 runs and hit 7-for-14 (.500). Of her seven hits, five were for extra bases as she recorded four doubles in addition to cranking her team-high fifth home run of the season.
What started with a 2-for-4 batting effort last Tuesday at Sacramento State, one of three multi-hit performances last week, continued during her team’s stay in Stanford. Against her team’s cross-Causeway rivals, Zboralske was responsible for the Aggies’ lone double. Against North Dakota State and Portland State, she smacked another three hits–all doubles.
In a 4-2 win against the Bison, Zboralske drove in more runs (3) than North Dakota’s entire roster combined. When UC Davis faced Portland State, her run-scoring double was a key element in the Aggies’ 4-3, eighth-inning victory.
To finish out the tournament, Zboralske went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a team-high fifth home run in a narrow 3-2 loss to No. 22/17 Stanford. Her solo shot tied the game at 2-2 and nearly forced a second straight extra-inning game for the Aggies.
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 12 over the fence. Led by Kelly Zboralske with five, five difference players have gone long for UC Davis in 2014. Including Zboralske, Amy Nunez, Lauryn Saunders and Caitlin Voss have each hit two with Krista Bava going yard once this year.
HOME SWEET HOME
When UC Davis returns from the Wolf Pack Classic the team will cap a portion of its schedule that contained 17 straight games away from Davis. As a reward for its travels, the Aggies will host five games within a five-day timespan, starting with a twinbill versus Saint Mary’s on the 26th. Three days later, the Aggies will welcome Long Beach State to La Rue Field for its inaugural Big West games. After that Saturday doubleheader, the Aggies will square off against the 49ers one more time to end its longest homestand of the season.
UC Davis’ road trip second only to UC Santa Barbara and its 20-game road swing among the eight Big West softball teams.
AGGIES VS. THE NATION
The NCAA released its inaugural national rankings of the season, one that contained names of various Aggies. All stats and rankings are through games played as of March 9.
Triples: T-No. 137 (1)
Shutouts: 143rd (1)
Home Runs: 71st (5)
Slugging Percentage: 150th (.679)
Triples: 32nd (2)
UC Davis’ aggressive baserunning and timely hitting has served the team well as the Aggies are tied with Long Beach State for the most doubles hit by a Big West team with 32.
IT’S A HIT! SORT OF…
The Aggies’ toughness has also been displayed throughout the 2014 season as evident by its 24 hit-by-pitches, the league’s No. 2 total. UC Riverside leads the conference with 27.
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
UC Davis and UC Riverside are also ranked No. 1-2 in another category, with the Aggies leading the way. No conference team has succeeded in laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt more that UC Davis, something the team has done on 28 occasions in 2014 (four more than UCR).
SHE’S SAFE! IN THE CIRCLE?
Thanks to Leah Munden and her league-high two, UC Davis tops all Big West teams with its three saves.
REACHING BASE, AND THEN SOME
Climbing her way up the Big West Conference’s list of top sluggers is Kelly Zboralske. After recording a 1.000 slugging percentage in last week’s games, she now ranks No. 5 in the league.
Against Sacramento State and the three teams faced at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic–North Dakota State, Portland State and No. 22/17 Stanford-Zboralske hit four doubles and one home run. Of her seven combined hits, all but two were for extra bases.
THE LEADERS OF UC DAVIS’ HIT SQUAD
Possessing a team-high 29 hits, sophomore utility player Kelly Zboralske’s total is No. 4 among all Big West batters. He teammate, sophomore shortstop Christa Castello, trails by only three hits, just missing the cutoff point for this week’s rankings.
ACE OF BASE(S)
Throughout 26 games, Kelly Zboralske leads the Big West Conference in total bases with 55.
FAST AS LIGHTNING
With only 22 games under her belt, Brianna Warner’s six stolen bases is a team-high total. Successful in each of her attempts, Warner ranks No. 5 in the conference, one spot ahead of Jasmine Lee who is tied with three other players with five swipes.
NO RUNS FOR YOU!
Freshman right-hander Andrea Reynolds cracked the Big West’s top 10 this week by possessing the No. 9-lowest earned run average (3.74).
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.
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; two weeks later, UC Davis collected enough points to defend its title and earn its sixth Causeway championship in the Cup’s 10-year history.
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)
Apr. 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.
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