UC Davis Aggies (14-19, 3-3 BWC)
Cal State Fullerton Titans (31-10, 6-0 BWC)
Friday, April 15 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 - 12 p.m. (DH)
Anderson Family Field - Fullerton, Calif. (1,000)
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will hit the road for its first road league series of the season when the Aggies visit Cal State Fullerton this weekend. Friday’s contest, from Anderson Family Field, will start at 5 p.m.; ESPN3 will broadcast both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, beginning at 12 p.m.
Trent Schlom (play-by-play) and Jen Schroeder (analyst) will call the action for both ESPN3 games on Saturday.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
- Last weekend, Cal State Fullerton won all three games at Cal Poly to propel itself to first place with a 31-10 and 6-0 league record
- Before opening league play at home against UC Riverside, CSF won five in a row before dropping its final Big West tune-up to UCLA
- The Titans are 17-5 at Anderson Family Field, won all six road games and are 8-5 in neutral-site games this season
- Since losing four of five games at the Mary Nutter Classic (2/25-27), its third tournament of the season, Cal State Fullerton is 22-4
- Even though Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series 19-11, UC Davis is 8-7 in the 15 games played in Fullerton
- UC Davis won three straight series in Fullerton before the Titans took two of three played in 2014; ESPN3 broadcasted that doubleheader as well — one that ended with a CSF sweep
- As a team, the Titans’ 216 runs and 177 RBI are both league highs
- No Big West team has hit more doubles (60) than Cal State Fullerton; the team is also one of three that lead the league with nine or triples
- Senior infielder Missy Taukeiaho is responsible for nearly one-third of her team’s total; she has hit a league-high 18
- Taukeiaho also leads all Titans with her .387 batting average, .681 slugging percentage, 35 runs and 27 walks
- Junior catcher/infielder Alexis Gonzalez has hit a team-high six home runs, one more than Taukeiaho; the rest of the roster combined have only hit four
- Titan pitchers are also responsible for the lowest ERA (2.23) and opposing batting average (.234) in the conference
UC DAVIS VS. THE NCAA
Among all 289 Division I teams, UC Davis softball holds the following national rankings entering this week’s games. Information below is arranged as: ranking/statistic.
Stolen Bases: 15/2.12 per game
UC DAVIS VS. THE BIG WEST
Compared to other Big West teams, UC Davis softball is ranked (information is arranged as ranking/statistic):
Batting Average: 7/.263
Slugging Percentage: 8/.341
On Base Percentage: 6/.332
Home Runs: T-7/7
Hit by Pitch: 5/20
Sacrifice Bunts: 7/17
Sacrifice Flies: T-3/8
Stolen Bases: 1/70
Earned Run Average: 8/3.79
Opposing Batting Average: 8/.304
Batters Struck Out: 8/90
Fielding Percentage: 7/.952
Doubles: Kelly Zboralske - T-9/8
Triples: Alexis Carney - T-6/2
Stolen Bases: Brianna Warner - 1/32
Wins: Leah Munden - T-8/8
Saves: Sara Cadona - T-1/3
ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA
For the second time as a Division I program, UC Davis recorded shutouts in both games of a league doubleheader when the Aggies blanked Hawai’i, 1-0 and 3-0 on April 2. This occasion first took place when UC Davis visited CSUN during the 2012 season. The Aggies posted scores of 1-0 and 2-0 en route to a road sweep against the Matadors.
DIVISION I CLEAN SHEET SWEEPS
UC Davis’ shutout sweep against the Rainbow Wahine also marked the ninth time that shutouts were recorded in back-to-back games since the Aggies began competing as a Division I program during the 2007-08 season. The other eight attempts are:
vs. Winthrop (3-0) at the Cathedral City Classic - 2/10/08
vs. Seton Hall (4-0) at the UNLV Desert Classic - 2/15/08
vs. Canisius (1-0) - 3/13/09
vs. Sacramento State (5-0) - 3/13/09
at Saint Mary’s (1-0 and 11-0) - 2/21/09
Utah Valley (6-0 and 1-0) - 3/5/11
at Pacific (3-0) - 5/5/12
at Cal State Fullerton (5-0) - 5/11/12
at CSUN (1-0 and 2-0) - 4/6/12
at UC Riverside (1-0) - 4/12/13
vs. Cal State Fullerton (1-0) - 4/27/13
vs. Sacramento State (1-0) - 2/12/14
vs. Western Kentucky (2-0) at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Classic - 2/14/14
VISIT FULLERTON FROM THE COMFORTS OF HOME THANKS TO ESPN3
UC Davis softball will return to ESPN3 when the network broadcasts both games taking place on Saturday, April 16, at Cal State Fullerton. First pitches for this nationally broadcasted doubleheader are set for 12 and 2:30 p.m.
The Aggies made their ESPN3 debut two seasons ago when softball squared off against the Titans in that year's Big West road series.
MOVIN’ ON UP
Twenty-two games into the season, junior centerfielder Brianna Warner set a new all-time single-season record for stolen bases when she swiped her 21st and 22nd vs. Stony Brook (3/12). By doing so, she topped the previous high of 20 bases originally set by Megan Turman during the 2004 season.
WARNER WRITES HER NAME ONCE AGAIN
Six games after setting a new all-time single season stolen base record, Brianna Warner became the Aggies’ new No. 1 mark when she swiped her 55th career bag when Hawai’i visited La Rue Field on April 1.
Entering UC Davis’ Big West opener against the Rainbow Wahine, the junior centerfielder and Belinda Paine (2006-09) shared the all-time record with 54 steals apiece.
MANY TRIED, ALL OF THEM FAILED
Brianna Warner has successfully stolen a base in all 32 attempts this season, and is approaching the one-year anniversary since she was last caught stealing: April 25, in the Aggies’ series opener at UC Riverside. Since that occasion, this season’s No. 1 base stealer in the Big West Conference has swiped 35 straight bags throughout a 40-game timespan
FOURTH PLACE AND RISING
Brianna Warner is one of the top base stealers in the nation, and the numbers prove it since her 0.97 stolen base per game average is the fourth-highest among all Division I players in the country.
THE AGGIES’ POTENT 1-2 PUNCH
Also giving opponents fits on the basepaths this season is junior utility player Taylor Peters. Entering this weekend’s games with 15 steals, Peters is tied for No. 5 in the Big West with 15 stolen bases and No. 80 in the nation averaging 0.48 stolen bases per game.
With a league-high 70 bags to their credit so far this season, thanks to the base-swiping efforts of 11 different players, the Aggies are ranked No. 15 among all 147 Division I teams in stolen bases per game (2.12).
TRULY TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Warner is not the only Aggie who will (most likely) set a new all-time program mark since Christina Guidry will tie the program’s Division I single-season and career sacrifice fly records on her next occasion.
Guidry has already hit a league-high three this year, which bumped her career total to four; Chandler Wagner hit four as a junior during the 2013 season, and is one of three Aggies with a career-high five to her credit.
That trio is comprised of Wagner (2011-14), Rachel Miller (2009-12) and Alex Holmes (2008-11).
LIGHTS OUT FROM START TO FINISH
Against Stony Brook (3/12) and Dartmouth (3/26), Andrea Reynolds collected the first two complete-game victories of her career in consecutive appearances. The San Luis Obispo native was nearly perfect, allowing only two hits through seven full innings to help her team record a 5-0 shutout against Stony Brook, then returned to the circle and allowed only four hits against the Ivy League’s defending champion and 2015 NCAA Tournament participant.
THAT DID NOT LAST LONG
Led by Brianna Warner with three, UC Davis stole nine bases against Iona (3/25) to set another new all-time single-game record, topping the previous total of seven, which was set in the Aggies’ preceding game on March 12 vs. Stony Brook. Also swiping bags against the Gaels were Taylor Peters (2), Christina Guidry, Kaila Olson, Taiya McInnes and Alicia Paine.
YOU BETTER NOT LEAVE EARLY
UC Davis will compete from the opening pitch, until the final out, as evident by its three come-from-behind victories during its non-conference schedule. Down 8-6 against Weber State (2/21), in the Aggies’ DeMarini Desert Classic finale, UC Davis scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to record a 9-8 result.
The following week at its own tournament, the Aggie Invitational II, UC Davis allowed Idaho State (2/26) to score its only run of the game, only to tie the game shortly thereafter and snap that tie in the bottom of the seventh when Kelly Zboralske drove in Ashley Lotoszynski from first base.
The late-game heroics continued for UC Davis the following day; after spotting South Dakota six runs in the top of the first, the Aggies battled back, forced extra innings after the score was tied in 8-8 through seven frames. UC Davis then gave up another two runs in the top of the eighth, only to battle back and score three unanswered, in the bottom half of that inning, to collect a dramatic 11-10 win.
Freshman infielder Meghan Bradbury drove in a team-high five of the Aggies’ six RBI when UC Davis faced Nevada (2/19) in the opening game of the DeMarini Desert Classic. She is the first player to record five RBI since Christa Castello accomplished this feat in the first game of a March 22 doubleheader at Saint Mary’s.
TWO TIMES THE TROUBLE FOR OPPONENTS
In the same game where she recorded a season-high five RBI vs. the Wolf Pack, Bradbury also hit two home runs. This is the first time a player recorded two jacks, in the same game, since Lauryn Saunders hit two over the fence at Cal State Fullerton, in that series finale on May 4, 2014.
FOUR IS FINE BY ME
UC Davis won the final game at the DeMarini Desert Classic in comeback fashion, against Weber State (2/21) thanks to a four-RBI effort from junior catcher Katie Robertson. She drove in her first two by hitting the first home run of her career; the final two capped the Aggies’ sixth-inning comeback when two runs scored on her single.
Robertson entered that matchup, against Weber State, with four career RBI.
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
UC Davis softball fans will have plenty of opportunities to watch their team compete at La Rue Field with 31 games taking place on campus in 2016. By comparison, 30 home games took place throughout the last two years combined.
TO PLAY YOUR BEST YOU NEED TO PLAY THE BEST
Softball’s 2016 schedule features games against six teams that competed in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
UC Davis faced two squads, Utah, a regional finalist, and Weber State, the winner of the Big Sky Tournament, during the DeMarini Desert Classic — the Aggies’ first road tournament Matchups against Florida State, the ACC’s tournament champion, No. 9 NCAA national seed and Super Regional participant, and UCLA, a team that received a No. 7 national playoff ranking and advanced to the Second Round of the Women’s College World Series, took place at the Aggies’ other road pre-league event, the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament.
Ivy Conference Tournament winner Dartmouth visited Davis in the program’s final home tournament, the Aggie Spring Swing Invitational. A three-game series at CSUN, the Big West Conference’s playoff representative and defending league champion, will take place during the final week of the regular season.