UC Davis Aggies (14-27, 3-9 BWC)
Cal Poly Mustangs (21-20, 4-8 BWC)
Saturday, April 30 - 1 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, May 1 - 1 p.m.
Bob Janssen Field (800) - San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Live Stats (Saturday, Gm. 1)
Live Stats (Saturday, Gm. 2)
Live Stats (Sunday)
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will end its current five-game road swing this weekend when softball resumes Big West play at Cal Poly. Victorious in its last three series in San Luis Obispo, Saturday's doubleheader, and Sunday's series finale, will start at 1 p.m.
Live stats links for all three games are available above, and at ucdavisaggies.com.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
- Cal Poly enters this weekend’ series against the Aggies in sixth place with a 21-20 overall and 4-8 Big West record
- In order to win its fourth straight series in San Luis Obispo, UC Davis will need to find a way to succeed against junior right-hander Sierra Hyland, USA Softball’s National Player of the Week (March 1) and three-time pitcher of the week
- Hyland is responsible for 11 of her team’s 21 wins, holds a team, and league-low 1.47 ERA and is batting .367 — the second-highest average on the team
- Hyland’s .168 opposing batting average is the lowest among all Big West pitchers, her 162 strikeouts are a league-high
- Sophomore right-hander Lindsey Chalmers is the Mustangs’ other starter; she is 8-11, holds a 3.71 ERA and has started a team-high 19 games
- Junior designated player Stephanie Heyward’s .372 average and .441 on base percentage are the sixth-highest in each category
- Three of Cal Poly’s four Big West victories this season have been 1-0 decisions. Overall, Cal Poly is 6-3 this season in one-run games and 11-6 in games decided by two runs or less
- April 24th’s 1-0 home victory against CSUN marked the Mustangs’ 200th Big West win and head coach Jenny Condon’s 600th game at the helm of Cal Poly softball
MANY TRIED, ALL OF THEM FAILED
Brianna Warner has successfully stolen a base in all 36 attempts this season, and just passed the one-year anniversary of the last time she was caught stealing, which took place on 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 39 straight bags throughout a 49-game block of action.
HER FIRST, BUT DEFINITELY NOT HER LAST START
One of three Big West pitchers with a league-high three saves, freshman Sara Cadona earned her first collegiate start when UC Davis traveled to Cal on April 26. That afternoon, Cadona struck out two batters throughout her five innings in the circle.
THAT’S A WAY TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
By batting .500 throughout last weekend’s series at Cal State Fullerton, including a 3-for-3 effort in the series opener, first-year Aggie Taiya McInnes increased her batting average to .326. The junior transfer from Alabama A&M has started 17 of 18 games played; of those starts, she was the team’s DP in 12 games, caught another four and started another at first.
FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Keep an eye on the score once the fifth inning rolls around; UC Davis is 8-3 when leading, and 4-3 when tied through four innings of action.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?
When UC Davis allows two runs or less in a game, the team is 11-2 this season.
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
vs. 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
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.
BASE-SWIPING HAT TRICK
At her current pace Warner will fall just shy of setting a new Big West single-season stolen base record; the current high of 47 was set by UC Riverside’s Dionne Anderson in 2014.
ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST
Brianna Warner is one of the top base stealers in the nation, and the numbers prove it since her 0.88 stolen base per game average is the eighth-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. 7 in the Big West with 16 stolen bases and No. 99 in the nation averaging 0.44 stolen bases per game.
With a league-high 82 bags to their credit so far this season, thanks to the base-swiping efforts of 11 different players, the Aggies are ranked No. 18 among all Division I teams in stolen bases per game (2.00).
TRULY TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Warner is not the only Aggie who will 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.