Softball heads to Southern California for next BWC series

April 20, 2017

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The Last Meeting
UC Riverside4
UC Davis2
April 24, 2016
La Rue Field
Aggies snakebitten in Sunday's series finale
Box ScoreMeghan Bradbury hit a triple in the bottom of the fifth inning in Sunday’s Big West Conference game between UC Davis and UC Riverside, at La Rue Field, which allowed Kelly Zboralske to score from first base and chop the Aggies’ two-run deficit in half. In an attempt to throw Bradbury out at third, Highlander third baseman Alexis Lockwood could not handle the throw from her teammate in center, and allowed the ball to roll into foul territory, providing the Aggies’ second baseman all the opportunity needed to race home and tie the game at 2-2.


Games 42-44


UC Davis Aggies (17-24, 2-7 BWC)
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UC Riverside Highlanders (21-19, 3-6 BWC)

Saturday, April 22 (DH) - 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 - 1 p.m.
Amy S. Harrison Field (600) - Riverside, Calif.

Live Stats - Sat., Gm. 1
Live Stats - Sat., Gm. 2
Live Stats - Sunday

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DAVIS, Calif. - Before softball opens its four-game homestand next week, it will head to the Inland Empire this weekend to face UC Riverside in its next Big West weekend series. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader, and Sunday's series finale, will take place at 1 p.m. Live stats links are available for all three games above, and at UCDavisAggies.com.

UC Davis holds a 22-15 lead in the all-time series, and has won eight of the 15 games that were held on the Highlanders' home diamond. Even though the Aggies would love nothing more than to maintain, and preferably extend their advantage for both records, the Highlanders have enjoyed most of their success this season on their home diamond.

First-year head coach Nikki Palmer's squad has won 18 of its 21 games at home, with a majority of those results taking place during non-conference play. However, since league play started, UCR has only won one of five games played on its home turf, and lost its last four in a row after dropping both games of Wednesday's doubleheader vs. CSU Bakersfield.

Even though the Aggies are coming off a tough weekend against Cal State Fullerton, only one run was the difference in two of those losses to last year's Big West Conference champions. Last weekend's home series also capped a brutal start to conference play -- one that took softball to Hawai'i (the toughest place to play among all BWC schools, if not the West Coast) for its inaugural league games, followed by consecutive weekend series against teams that competed in last season's NCAA Tournament.

Numerous Aggies have shined throughout the last few weeks, even with the challenging schedule, and are among the league's leaders in a variety of statistical categories. Responsible for a team-high 22 of UC Davis' 63 stolen bases, no league player has swiped more bags this season than Brianna Warner. The senior centerfielder is No. 4 in the BWC with 18 walks and ranked No. 8 in runs scored (26) and hits (42).

Also keep an eye on Highlander senior Madeline Richard when she reached base because she is responsible for a team-high 20 of UCR's 50 steals. Pitchers (and catchers) from both teams will need to pay attention to each throughout the weekend since Warner and Richard are the Big West's top two base stealers.

Additional UC Davis seniors also occupy spots in the league's top 10: Alexis Carney sits alongside her teammate with 26 runs while Christa Castello's 41 hits ranks her No. 9.

In her first season at UC Davis, sophomore transfer Caroline Figueroa is among the league's best with her .442 on base pct., the fourth-highest individual figure. Also enjoying success in her first season as an Aggie is freshman Katie Kibby. The right-hander is No. 6 in the league with 10 wins and struck out 60 batters to rank No. 8 in that statistical category.