April 9, 2013
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
April 6 vs. Cal State Northridge: W, 5-2 (Gm. 1); W, 5-0 (Gm. 2)
April 7 vs. Cal State Northridge: L, 8-1
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Sunday, April 14
UC Davis Aggies at UC Santa Barbara
Campus Diamond (Santa Barbara, Calif.) - 12 p.m.
DAVIS, Calif. - A busy week awaits UC Davis as the Pacific Tigers will visit La Rue Field for a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The series finale will take place on Wednesday, April 17; taking place between this split schedule is a three-game weekend series at UC Santa Barbara beginning with Saturday's 12 p.m. twinbill at Campus Diamond. Sunday's series finale between the Aggies and Gauchos will also start at 12 p.m.
YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING AND LIKE IT
Jessica Thweatt earned her first shutout victory of the season when she blanked Cal State Northridge in Gm. 2 of the Aggies' doubleheader on April 6. Her last shutout win took place on April 6, 2012, when her team captured an extra-inning 2-0 triumph against... Cal State Northridge.
WALK THIS WAY... JUST KIDDING, YOU WON'T
That's what happened to CSUN after last Saturday's doubleheader concluded since UC Davis starting pitchers Justine Vela and Jessica Thweatt did not allow a walk throughout the entire day.
This is the second time that Aggie pitchers did not allow a walk in consecutive games, although Saturday's feat was the first time this occurred throughout a doubleheader. On March 16, at CSU Bakersfield, UC Davis did not allow a free pass to the Roadrunners. The same thing occurred the following game vs. Oregon State as the Beavers did not earn a walk when they faced the Aggies on Mar. 24.
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. 50 in stolen bases (1.42/gm.)
No. 59 in triples (0.21/gm.)
No. 63 in Earned Run Average (2.58)
No. 83 in fielding percentage (.963)
AGGIES VS. THE NATION
In addition to their team rankings, five Aggies also possess national individual rankings (in alphabetical order):
No. 72, Toughest to Strikeout (1K/18.4 AB)
No. 113 in Saves (1)
No. 8 in Hit by Pitch (0.41/gm.)
No. 27 in Hits Allowed (4.61/gm)
No. 51 in Strikeouts/Seven Innings (8.1)
No. 86 in Shutouts (3)
No. 73 in Strikeouts (123)
No. 107 in Triples (2)
BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS HER
Having already surpassed its total from last season weeks ago, UC Davis has stolen 47 bases this year -- the second-highest total in the Big West trailing only UC Riverside's league-leading 68.
Led by Christa Castello with 10, 10 of the 11 players that regularly appear in the Aggies' starting lineup have swiped a bag.
THANK YOU FOR THE FREEBIE
Kelly Schulze is singlehandedly responsible for 13 of the Aggies' 33 hit-by-pitches, nearly 40 percent of the team's total. Schulze leads the conference in this category and has been plunked three more times than the Big West's No. 2 player, CSUN's Mikayla Thielges, who has only been hit by 11 pitches.
I DON'T THINK SO
Justine Vela has frustrated opponents throughout the season, and deservedly so since she possesses the second-lowest opposing batting average in the Big West Conference at .189.
PICK YOUR POISON
UC Davis is further strengthening its reputation as one of the toughest pitching staffs in the Big West Conference as the Aggies are ranked No. 2 in the league with a .275 ERA and .246 opposing batting average.
FIRST TO FIVE (INNINGS) HAS THE UPPER HAND
Four innings of action has served as an accurate indicator for the eventual outcome of games the Aggies have played this season. UC Davis is 11-3 when leading after four innings, 0-11 when trailing, and 4-4 entering the fifth when tied.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
Freshman shortstop Christa Castello helped UC Davis earn a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader this past weekend by driving in the game-winning run in Gm. 1, and another in a Gm. 2 shutout against Cal State Northridge. For the weekend, Castello finished with a team-high three RBI, five hits (nearly one-third of the Aggies' series total) and one of two extra-base hits.
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.
HOME SWEET HOME
Prior to last weekend, UC Davis played only two home games this season, the fewest of any Big West school. The Aggies more than double their number of home games played thanks to last 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.
Including that series, UC Davis has still played the fewest number of games at home compared to all other conference institutions. By comparison, Hawai'i leads the conference with 29 of its 38 games played at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Last weekend's series against Cal State Northridge struck 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.
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 and, once again, garnered All-WAC honorable mention.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The highest number of stolen bases recorded in a single season took place in 2008 when that year's team swiped 60 bags. With this year's team already responsible for 47 steals, at its current pace a new program record will be set 10 games from now.
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
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.
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.