April 22, 2014
Wednesday, April 23
UC Davis Aggies (15-27) at Pacific Tigers (17-24)
Bill Simoni Field - Stockton, Calif.
Saturday, April 26
UC Riverside Highlanders (21-24, 2-10 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies (15-27, 4-8 BWC)
12/2 p.m. (DH)
La Rue Field - Davis, Calif.
Sunday, April 27
UC Riverside Highlanders at UC Davis Aggies
La Rue Field - Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. - Former UC Davis softball student-athletes will return to a familiar environment when the program hosts its annual Alumnae Day at La Rue Field following the conclusion of Sunday's series finale against the UC Riverside Highlanders. Prior to hosting their second home league series in as many weeks, the Aggies will travel to former Big West counterpart (now member of the West Coast Conference) Pacific for a single non-conference game Wednesday evening. Action from Stockton will start at 6 p.m., a victory will help UC Davis earn a split of the season's series.
Saturday's doubleheader against the Highlanders will start at 12 p.m., Sunday's series finale will also commence at noon.
UC Davis has set its annual Alumnae Day, an event that provides Aggie alums to compete against, and interact with current softball members. Scheduled for Sunday, April 27, Alumnae Day will commence shortly after the series finale between UC Davis and UC Riverside.
Food and drinks will be provided to former softball student-athletes in addition to admission to that day's Big West Conference game. First pitch between the Aggies and Highlanders is scheduled for 12 p.m.
ANNUAL TEAM SAMMIE BUNNY DRIVE ARRIVES TO UC DAVIS
For the third straight season, UC Davis softball will hosted its annual Team Sammie Bunny Drive on April 18th. Taking place throughout that day's doubleheader against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, fans from both teams donated stuffed animals for patients in local children's hospitals.
Before passing at the age of 12 to Osteosarcoma, Samantha "Sammie" Hartsfield bravely battled Osteosarcoma for nearly three years. Created when she noticed that local hospitals ran out of comforting plush toys after the holiday season, Sammie's Bunny Drive is intended to bring a smile to children, like herself, in the form of a cuddly stuffed animal friend.
Even though the event may have passed, you can still support Team Sammie in myriad ways. For additional information, or to contribute your time and/or additional plush toys, contact a Team Sammie coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/SammiesBunnyDrive
UC Davis Softball thanks everyone who stepped up and made a donation to Team Sammie.
STRIKE OUT CANCER
Also taking place the same weekend as Team Sammie's Bunny Drive was the 10th-annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser and awareness event. Cancer survivor Lauren B. Tehrani, from UC Davis Athletics, threw out the first pitch in a pregame ceremony and the Aggies donned pink jerseys to help raise awareness. Also in attendance were members from the Triumph Cancer Foundation.
A non-profit organization based in Sacramento, Triumph designs 12-week strength and fitness programs for individuals who have completed cancer treatments. Through its efforts, Triumph helps patients reduce the severity of side effects suffered through treatment and helps design in-home regimens once individuals complete their program.
Aggie Softball would like to thank everyone who supported UC Davis' efforts at this season's Strike Out Cancer game.
THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM?
Originally scheduled for March 19, UC Davis' non-conference home doubleheader against Saint Mary's was postponed once again on March 26, its makeup date. Called once again due to inclement weather, the Gaels-Aggies twinbill will now take place at La Rue Field on May 7. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
ESPN3 will air two UC Davis softball games this season as part of its broadcast package with the Big West as announced by the league office. On Saturday, May 3, the network will air both games of the Aggies' doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton; a 4 p.m. first pitch is scheduled for the series opener with the second matchup starting 30 minutes after the after the conclusion of the first game.
Every game on ESPN's platforms will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, on Apple TV and Roku to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
EFFICIENCY AT ITS BEST
Entering the bottom of the fourth inning in UC Davis' series opener against UC Davis, the Aggies trailed 2-0. That changed in, literally, less than a minute when A leadoff home run from Amy Nunez was followed by another solo shot on the very next pitch by Kelly Zboralske. Those back-to-back jacks fueled a five-run fifth for the Aggies en route to a 5-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
A LOSS ONLY ON PAPER
Aggie freshman right-hander Dana Cruse matched all-Big West counterpart Shelby Wisdom in the Aggies' series finale vs. UCSB (4/19). Even though Cruse suffered the loss in that 1-0 matchup, the freshman pitched an outstanding game since UCSB was able to record only three hits. Unlike Cruse's previous appearance in the series opener, she did not walk a batter the entire game or allow a hit in the final three frames.
Even though the all-time series points to UC Davis by a 26-24 margin, including a 17-13 head-to-head Division I mark, the Aggies' successful weekend in San Luis Obispo helped extend the team's recent success over the Mustangs. Including the two wins earned this season, the Aggies have won 11 of their last 15 games against Cal Poly.
By winning this year's series, UC Davis also broke a deadlock in games played at Cal Poly; in the 12 previously played games in San Luis Obispo, six were won by each team.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Returning to San Luis Obispo for the first time since arriving to Davis, freshman right-hander Andrea Reynolds picked up her inaugural save as an Aggie in her team's 3-2 victory in the first of two games played on April 12. Reynolds also started that day's second game and allowed only two hits throughout her 4.1 innings in the circle en route to another 3-2, UC Davis win.
A RUN GENERATING MACHINE
UC Davis took two of three when the Aggies visited San Luis Obispo April 12-13 and senior second baseman Chandler Wagner was the primary reason why. Responsible for all three of UC Davis' RBI in Saturday's series-clinching victory, Wagner earned four of her team's five RBI, led the team at the plate by finishing 4-for-9 with a team-high .444 average, posted a team-high .444 on base and .556 slugging percentage.
TOUCH `EM ALL
Last season, UC Davis hit 17 home runs, the second-lowest total of any Big West team. This year, the Aggies have nearly doubled that total and have hit 17 over the fence in 2014. Led by Kelly Zboralske with six and Lauren Saunders with four, five different players have gone long for UC Davis in 2014. Including Zboralske and Saunders, Amy Nunez has hit all three of her long balls as an Aggie this season, Krista Bava and Caitlin Voss each have hit two.
Wednesday's non-conference tilt will begin a seven-game homestand for Pacific, one that also includes the final conference games of the season against West Coast Conference foes San Diego and BYU. After falling to the Tigers in their home opener 8-5, the Aggies will seek a split of the season series when the team visits Bill Simoni Field. Including its final games as Big West counterparts-the 2013-14 season is the Tigers's first as a WCC member-UC Davis has dropped its last three games to Pacific and trail the all-time series 20-12.
After a tough stretch of the season that saw the Tigers lose five straight games, they rebounded by winning six of nine, including two of three last weekend at Saint Mary's.
Last weekend in Moraga, senior outfielder Gabby Goyette recorded five hits, including one double, to help the Tigers take that series against the Gaels. Goyette is hitting .318 this season and is second on the team with her batting average, hits (she has 42) and stolen base totals. She only trails senior utility Taylor Petty who leads all Tigers with her .377 average, 46 hits, 27 RBI and seven doubles. Only sophomore outfielder Sara Anderson has swiped more bases that Goyette; Anderson is a perfect 8-for-8 and is responsible for nearly one-third of her teams steals.
In its 11 games played in Stockton this year, the Tigers have won five contests.
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
Three days after its tilt against the Tigers, UC Davis will return to La Rue Field to continue its Big West homestand against the UC Riverside Highlanders. Winners in six of their last eight overall head-to-head matchups, and seven of the last nine played in Davis, the Aggies hope to continue their winning ways against a Highlander team that was swept at Cal State Northridge last weekend. That performance followed a league series that saw UCR take two of three against Cal State Fullerton the previous weekend.
Of the 28 Div. I games featuring the Big West Conference's newest teams-prior to Hawai'i's return to the conference in 2012, UC Davis and UC Riverside were the last teams to become official league members in 2007 and 2001 respectively, the Aggies hold a 20-8 advantage and have won 11 of 15 at La Rue Field versus the Highlanders.
Keep an eye on senior outfielder Dionne Anderson, Riverside's most dangerous threat on the basepaths. Lase weekend in Northridge, Anderson set a new conference record for the most bases stolen in a season, her total of 41 (and counting) is the Big West's new benchmark. In addition to leading the conference with 41 steals, Anderson ranks among the leaders in walks (No. 2, 26) runs scored (No. 3, 31), batting average (No. 5, .382) and hits (No. 7, 50).
This series will also feature two teams with a knack for reaching base in a variety of ways; hit by a league-high 38 pitches this season, UC Davis sits two spots ahead of No. 3 UC Riverside, a team that has been plunked on 33 occasions. Conversely, UC Davis is No. 3 with its 41 sacrifice bunts, two spots behind UC Riverside and its league-high 46.
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
A stellar performance at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic (3/8-9) helped sophomore utility player Kelly Zboralske earn Field Player of the Week accolades from the Big West Conference. With the announcement, Zboralske became the first UC Davis field player since Alex Holmes was recognized on March 14, 2011, to garner softball weekly honors.
Throughout her team's four games played, the Orangevale, Calif., native drove in five of her team's 11 runs and hit 7-for-14 (.500). Of her seven hits, five were for extra bases as she recorded four doubles in addition to cranking her team-high fifth home run of the season.
What started with a 2-for-4 batting effort at Sacramento State, one of three multi-hit performances last week, continued during her team's stay in Stanford. Against her team's cross-Causeway rivals, Zboralske was responsible for the Aggies' lone double. Against North Dakota State and Portland State, she smacked another three hits-all doubles.
In a 4-2 win against the Bison, Zboralske drove in more runs (3) than North Dakota's entire roster combined. When UC Davis faced Portland State, her run-scoring double was a key element in the Aggies' 4-3, eighth-inning victory. Zboralske hit 2-for-3, scored a run scored and hit her team-high fifth home run in a narrow 3-2 loss to No. 22/17 Stanford. Her solo shot tied the game at 2-2 and nearly forced a second straight extra-inning game for the Aggies.
AGGIES VS. THE NATION
Through games played as of April 20, Christa Castello possesses two NCAA national rankings.
Hit by Pitch Per Game: No. 115 (0.19/gm.)
Toughest to Strikeout: No. 94 (1K/17.9 AB)
Buoyed by its defensive effort last weekend against UC Santa Barbara, the Aggies are also ranked within the top 100 with their 0.38 double plays per game average.
HOME SWEET HOME
When UC Davis took the field against Long Beach State for its inaugural Big West series on March 30, the team played its first games at La Rue Field after competing in 17 straight away from Davis. UC Davis' lengthy road trip is second only to UC Santa Barbara and its 20-game road trip among the eight Big West softball teams.
IT'S A HIT! SORT OF...
The Aggies' toughness has also been displayed throughout the 2014 season as evident by its league-high 38 hit-by-pitches.
With 12 games remaining, the Aggies have already hit more doubles this season (44) than the entire 2013 campaign (35). Junior first baseman Amy Nunez and sophomore third baseman/designated player Kelly Zboralske lead all Aggies with eight.
The 2009 roster is responsible for setting the Division I school record with 60 doubles.
TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Ranked No. 3 in the conference behind Cal Poly and UC Riverside's 46, UC Davis has successfully dropped 41 sacrifice bunts this season. Nearly half of that total have been earned collectively by sophomore outfielder Cat Guidry, junior first baseman Amy Nunez and senior second baseman Chandler Wagner as each lead the team with six. Only 10 Big West players have recorded more sacrifice bunts than Guidry and Wagner's this season.
REACHING BASE, AND THEN SOME
Sophomore third baseman/utility player Kelly Zboralske is holding her own against the Big West's elite as she jumped four spots compared to last week's ranking and is now No. 6 in the league with a .556 slugging percentage.
THE LEADERS OF UC DAVIS' HIT SQUAD
Kelly Zboralske and Christa Castello lead all Aggies with 40 and 39 hits respectively; collectively, the pair is responsible for 30 percent (.307) of their team's total. Entering this weekend's series, Zboralske also holds the Aggies' top batting average (.317).
FAST AS LIGHTNING
Freshman outfielder Brianna Warner has successfully stolen a base in all but one of her 10 attempts; her team-high total is also doubles as the league's fifth-highest total.
ONE STEP CLOSER TO CLINCHING
Freshman right-hander Dana Cruse surrendered just two hits in five-plus innings for her first collegiate win while sophomore shortstop Christa Castello collected two singles and drove in the game's only run, leading UC Davis to a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State in this season's home Causeway Cup event (2/12). The victory added another 2.50 points in the Aggies' Causeway column; two weeks later, UC Davis collected enough points to defend its title and earn its sixth Causeway championship in the Cup's 10-year history.
COACH YODER COLLECTS NO. 200
When UC Davis stepped off the diamond after capturing a 2-1 win against Robert Morris on Feb. 15, at the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament, head coach Karen Yoder recorded victory No. 200 as an Aggie.
AGGIES SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Even though six position starters, two starting pitchers and both All-Big West selections return for UC Davis in 2014, the Aggies received a fifth-place result in this season's preseason coaches poll as released by the Big West Conference on Monday.
Hawai'i, the defending conference champion, narrowly captured first place by finishing with 59 points and four first-place votes, four more points than second-place Long Beach State who received 55 in addition to its three first-place votes. Cal State Fullerton, a team the Aggies defeated in two of three matchups last year, rounded out the top three with its 46-point total and one first-place vote.
UC Santa Barbara finished fourth with 40 points, followed by UC Davis and its 30 points; Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside completed the list in sixth, seventh and eighth place with their respective totals of 25, 24 and nine points.
LISTEN LIVE FROM LA RUE FIELD
KDVS, UC Davis' campus radio station, will simulcast eight home games from La Rue Field this season both online at ucdavisaggies.com, and on terrestrial radio at 90.3 FM. Games on its broadcast schedule include:
Feb. 11 vs. Pacific
Feb. 12 vs. Sacramento State
Feb. 18 vs. Stanford
April 18 vs. UC Santa Barbara (both games of that day's doubleheader)
April 19 vs. UC Santa Barbara
May 9 vs. Hawai'i (both games)
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
Included below are the last times a no- or one-hitter (since the Aggies' inaugural Division I season in 2005) involving UC Davis, or one of its opponents, took place.
UC Davis: March 11, 2012, thrown by Justine Vela vs. Idaho State
Aggie opponent: March 25, 2012, vs. Bakersfield
UC Davis: March 10, 2013, thrown by Justine Vela vs. Pittsburgh at the Diamond Devil Invite (Hosted by ASU in Tempe, Ariz.)
Aggie opponent: Feb. 14, 2014, at UCLA
UC Davis: None
Aggie opponent: None