March 21, 2013
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
March 16: Doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield - Gm. 1, W, 3-2 (8); Gm. 2, W, 2-0
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Sunday, March 24
No. 24 Oregon State Beavers (21-5) at UC Davis Aggies (13-13)
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 1 p.m.
Live Stats: Gametracker
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will return to La Rue Field for only the second time this season in Sunday's non-conference game against the Oregon State Beavers. First pitch in the Aggies' final game before their conference opener at Hawai'i next week is scheduled for 1 p.m.
UC Davis returns home after a successful outing last weekend in its previously played games at CSU Bakersfield. Led by Bakersfield natives Justine Vela and Leah Munden, each earned another win by respective 3-2 and 2-0 scores in the Aggies' final non-conference road games of the season.
In part to their pitching performances, Vela and Munden helped whittle the team's ERA to a 2.82 mark, the third-lowest in the conference.
In addition to earning its third one-run win, UC Davis also picked up its inaugural extra-inning triumph out of its four played this season. Shortly after Vela picked up her team-high eighth victory of the year, Munden earned her first-ever, complete-game shutout win to complete the Aggies' sweep over the Roadrunners.
Megan Guzman led all Aggie batters by finishing the twinbill with a combined three hits in her six plate appearances, recorded the team's only triple earned throughout the afternoon and drove in one of the Aggies' three runs.
Guzman also stole a base against the `Runners to push her season total to eight, one shy of Christa Castello's team-high total of nine.
Jasmine Lee earned the second of UC Davis' extra-base hits last weekend with her third double, one of three hits she posted in her eight at-bats. Of those three hits, one was a game-winner as her single through the middle of the diamond allowed Guzman to score the deciding run in Gm. 1.
The first Big West team to experience a bye during conference competition, UC Davis will face No. 24 Oregon State Sunday afternoon while other conference teams battle one another throughout the weekend.
Possessing a national ranking in the NFCA/USA Today Softball Poll, Oregon State narrowly missed the cutoff in ESPN.com/USA Softball's poll and is receiving votes.
Notre Dame was the last team the Aggies faced that received votes (in both polls); UC Davis would like a repeat occurrence of that game against the Fighting Irish to take place this Sunday, one the Aggies took by a 5-4 score.
In their inaugural home games of the season last week against New Mexico, the Beavers lost the opening game of last Thursday's doubleheader, and needed a come-from-behind effort against the Lobos to earn a split.
The comeback effort was the second out of Oregon State's last three previously played games; the Beavers also staged a spirited effort to erase a four-run deficit en route to an eventual 9-5 victory over San Diego State at the Fresno State Invitational the previous week.
Oregon State's lineup is anchored by freshman first baseman Natalie Hampton whose .488 batting average is No. 9 in the nation and one of six on her team that is .300 or above.
Senior right-hander Marina Demore is the Beavers' primary starter, one of three regularly used by head coach Laura Berg. Besides possessing the best record on staff at 14-3, Demore also leads the team with 11 complete games and 61 strikeouts. Demore's 2.14 ERA is second only to junior right-hander Amanda Najdek's 0.00 ERA - one compiled throughout her 8.1 innings of work this year.
UC Davis is the fourth Big West opponent this season to face an Oregon State team that also faced Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and Cal Poly in tournament action earlier this season.