Five-Game Homestand Awaits Aggies

Jasmine Lee is the No. 51-toughest player to strikeout in the nation according to NCAA statistics.
 
Jasmine Lee is the No. 51-toughest player to strikeout in the nation according to NCAA statistics.
 

April 4, 2013

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

March 29 at No. 18/22 Hawai'i: L, 5-4 (10)
March 30 at No. 18/22 Hawai'i: L, 2-1 (Gm. 1); L, 6-2 (Gm. 2) 

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Saturday, April 6
Cal State Northridge Matadors (14-21, 0-3 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies (13-17, 0-3 BWC) 
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 12 p.m./2 p.m. (DH)
Gametracker (Gm. 1)  |  Gametracker (Gm. 2)  |  Live Audio (Gm. 2 only)

Sunday, April 7
Cal State Northridge Matadors at UC Davis Aggies 
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 12 p.m. 
Gametracker  |  Live Audio

NOTE: Broadcasted games can be heard on KDVS (90.3 FM) and online at ucdavisaggies.com

DAVIS, Calif. - Winners of their last five head-to-head matchups, UC Davis will host Cal State Northridge in its Big West Conference opener this weekend. The three-game series will start with a Saturday doubleheader at 12 p.m. and will conclude the following day with one game also slated for noon.

SUPPORT TWO TEAMS WITH ONE DONATION
Both UC Davis and Cal State Northridge softball fans are asked to support the efforts of their favorite softball team and Team Sammie by donating a stuffed animal with tags at La Rue Field on Sunday, April 6. 

Sammie Hartsfield bravely battled Osteosarcoma for nearly 3 years; created by Sammie when she noticed that the hospitals ran out of comforting stuffed friends after the holiday rush of donations from other organizations, Sammie’s Annual Bunny Drive is intended to bring a smile to children hospitalized during the spring in the form of a cuddly stuffed animal friend.

Additional information about Team Sammie and Sammie’s Bunny Drive is available at the following websites:

Sammie's Bunny Drive Facebook Page

Learn More About Team Sammie

PLACE YOUR BIDS NOW!
Golf outings, private wine tours and tastings, spa treatments, exotic four and five-night stays at the Outrigger Luana Hotel Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and a pro baseball package are just a few of the items participants can win through UC Davis Softball’s fourth-annual Sunset Sipping Online Auction.

This year’s fundraising event started on Saturday, March 23, at 12 p.m. (PST), all bids must be submitted to
klyoder@ucdavis.edu by Tuesday, April 9, at 12 p.m. (PST) as the auction will end with all items going to the highest bidder at that time. Participants are asked to enter their item of choice in the subject line when submitting their bid by e-mail. 

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Due to inclement weather, the Stanford-UC Davis softball game originally slated for March 6, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m.

UC DAVIS AND THE NCAA
UC Davis softball possesses four top-100 rankings compared to all 289 Division I programs in the nation. Categories include:

No. 43 in stolen bases (1.53/gm.)
No. 49 in triples (0.23/gm.)
No. 61 in fielding percentage (.966)
No. 77 in Earned Run Average (2.67)

AGGIES VS. THE NATION
In addition to all team rankings, five Aggies also possess national individual rankings (in alphabetical order):

Jasmine Lee
No. 51, Toughest to Strikeout (1K/22 AB)

Leah Munden
No. 96 in Saves (1)

Kelly Schulze
No. 25 in Hit by Pitch (0.34/gm.)

Justine Vela
No. 28 in Hits Allowed (4.52/gm)
No. 51 in Strikeouts/Seven Innings (8.1)
No. 64 in Shutouts (3)
No. 68 in Strikeouts (111)

Chandler Wagner
No. 90 in Triples (2)

BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS HER
Having already surpassed its total from last season weeks ago, UC Davis has stolen 46 bases this year - the second-highest total in the Big West trailing only UC Riverside’s league-leading 67.

Led by Christa Castello with 10, 10 of the 11 players that regularly appear in the Aggies’ starting lineup have swiped a bag.

HOME SWEET HOME
UC Davis has played only two home games so far this season, the fewest of any Big West school. The Aggies will more than double their number of home games played with this weekend’s series against Cal State Northridge, the first three of a five-game homestand that concludes on Wednesday, April 10, with a doubleheader versus Pacific.

By comparison, Hawai’i leads the conference with 26 of its 35 games played at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

FAMILIAR FACES
This weekend’s series against Cal State Northridge strikes a deeper personal chord for Caitlin Voss and assistant coach Vicky Rios, two members who spent time with the Matador softball program.

Voss, a junior catcher/infielder for UC Davis, attended CSUN in 2009-10 and did not compete due to injury before transferring to Hancock College the following season.  

Rios transferred to Cal State Northridge in 1993, where she earned All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention, helped her team win the conference title and reach the final eight of the Women’s College World Series. As a senior in 1994, she capped off her career by leading the Matadors to another WAC championship and a second-place finish at the Women’s CWS. Once again, Rios garnered All-WAC honorable mention and received her team’s Most Inspirational and Outstanding Defense awards.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
In the Aggies Big West opener at Hawai’i, 10 innings were needed to declare a victor.  That evening was the first time since May 8, 2008, that UC Davis participated in a 10-inning game. On that May day, the Aggies defeated Cal State Northridge in front of their home fans by a score of 3-2.

ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
When UC Davis took the diamond last weekend at Hawai’i, it was the seventh ranked opponent the team has faced this season. Other nationally-ranked opposition includes: 

No. 9 California
No. 20 Stanford
No. 15 Michigan
No. 14 South Florida
No. 3 Arizona State
No. 24 Oregon State

HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The most stolen bases recorded in a single season took place in 2008 when that year’s team swiped 60 bags. At its current average, this year’s team will surpass that total and set a new program record nine games from now.

VELA NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Recording both UC Davis victories against No. 14 South Florida (2/23) and Fordham (2/24) at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Justine Vela was named Big West Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference on Feb. 25.

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. Vela has now received weekly honors from the Big West Conference on four occasions throughout her time at UC Davis. 

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES
For her efforts throughout the three-day, six-game NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. (2/22-24), sophomore right-handed pitcher Justine Vela 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 Bakersfield, Calif., native also received a no decision in the Aggies’ tournament opener versus Southern Illinois, and against No. 15 Michigan where she threw one inning in relief, gave up only one hit and struckout one Wolverine.

DOWN GOES ANOTHER RANKED TEAM
At the NFCA Classic, UC Davis defeated No. 17/14 South Florida 1-0 in what was a virtual home game for a Bulls team competing only 20-plus minutes from campus. The victory was the Aggies’ first over a ranked opponent since their 2-1 victory versus No. 8 Stanford on Feb. 15, 2012.