April 30, 2013
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
April 27 vs. Cal State Fullerton: W, 1-0 (8); W, 3-2
April 28 vs. Cal State Fullerton: L, 4-3
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, May 1
Stanford Cardinal (32-16) at UC Davis Aggies (21-24)
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 3 p.m.
Gametracker | Live Audio
Sunday, May 5
UC Davis Aggies at Long Beach State 49ers
49er Softball Complex (Long Beach, Calif.) - 1 p.m.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will face the Stanford Cardinal in its final non-conference game of the year at La Rue Field on Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m., then travel to Long Beach to face the 49ers in its final Big West road series of the year beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4.
IT’S OK TO STRIKEOUT TODAY
Taking place throughout UC Davis’ Alumni Weekend, the softball program held its ninth-annual Strike Out Cancer, organized to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, on April 27. Aggie Softball would like to thank fans for supporting this cause; if you were not able to make it to La Rue Field that day, and are interested in donating, please contact UC Davis’ coaching staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations received will benefit the UC Davis Cancer Center.
Three UC Davis pitchers possess ERAs that are low enough to earn a spot in the Big West’s top 10. The only conference team to sport three in this statistical category, the trio is led by Justine Vela (2.18 ERA), followed by Leah Munden (2.67) and Jessica Thweatt (2.73).
N0 L0VE F0R 0PP0NENTS
UC Davis’ opponents are seeing nothing but zeros this season whenever Justine Vela is throwing as the right-hander’s is ranked No. 7 in the country with seven shutouts.
Chandler Wagner posted her eighth two-hit game of the season, a team-high that also matches Jasmine Lee’s total, when she hit two doubles in the Aggies’ series finale versus Cal State Fullerton. That effort at the plate helped her tie teammate Krista Bava for the most doubles on the team with six. Of those doubles hit by Wagner, four were earned throughout league play.
CHRISTA C’s RULE OF THREE
On Sunday, April 28, versus Cal State Fullerton, freshman shortstop Christa Castello earned her third three-hit total of the season. Responsible for one-fourth of the Aggies’ three-hit efforts this year, Castello has recorded three of her team’s 12 three-hit games.
NO LUCK NEEDED TO REACH BASE
Krista Bava will enter Wednesday’s game against Stanford having reached base safely in her last seven games played. The streak, her longest of the season, is two short of matching Kayla Tyler’s team-high streak of nine games (2/24-3/10).
AGGIES SET NEW STOLEN BASE RECORD
Recording five stolen bases on April 21 in its series finale at UC Riverside, UC Davis set a new program record by swiping its 61st base of the season. Eclipsing the mark of 60 set by the 2003 team, this year’s roster still has 7 games remaining to add to its total.
Entering the Aggies three-game series against Cal State Fullerton, junior Megan Guzman has 48 career stolen bases to her credit. Now ranked No. 2 all-time, Guzman needs seven more steals to take the top spot and surpass Belinda Paine’s (2006-09) total of 54.
THANKS FOR THE FREEBIE
UC Davis is ranked No. 2 in the Big West with 41 hit-by-pitches, trailing only CSUN and its league-leading 50. Responsible for 16 of her team’s 41, Kelly Schulze possesses the fourth-highest single-season hit-by-pitch total in the program’s history. If she is plunked another seven times before the end of the season, Schulze will possess No. 1 single-season spot in the Aggies’ book of records.
I DON’T THINK SO
Justine Vela has frustrated opponents throughout the season, and deservedly so, since she possesses the lowest opposing batting average of all pitchers in the Big West Conference at .185.
YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE
UC Davis earned its second run-rule victory of the season in its series opener at UC Santa Barbara (4/13) by recording an 8-0 triumph in five innings. For college softball, a mercy rule is invoked if one team is leading by eight runs or more after five full innings, or at the middle of the fourth if the home team is leading. At the Stanford Nike Invitational, the Aggies also run-ruled Santa Clara (2/17) by a 14-1 score.
A RBI MACHINE
Chandler Wagner is the first Aggie this season to earn four RBI in a game, an accomplishment that took place for the first time in her career in UC Davis’ series opener at UC Santa Barbara (4/13).
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 2.36 ERA and .240 opposing batting average.
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 (through games of April 28):
No. 44 in Earned Run Average (2.36)
No. 51 in Stolen Bases (1.36/gm.)
No. 66 in Fielding Percentage (.966)
No. 89 in Triples (0.18/gm.)
AGGIES VS. THE NATION
In addition to their team totals, six Aggies also possess national individual rankings (in alphabetical order, through games of April 28):
No. 51, Toughest to Strikeout (1K/18.7 AB)
No. 1 in Hit Batters (1)
No. 16 in Hit by Pitch (0.36/gm.)
No. 45 in Hit Batters (4)
No. 15 in Shutouts (7)
No. 19 in Hits Allowed (4.54/7 Inn.)
No. 62 in Strikeouts/7 Innings (7.6)
No. 78 in Strikeouts (161)
No. 94 in ERA (2.18)
No. 52 in Sacrifice Flies (3)
GO GO GADGET GLOVE
Entering this week’s action, UC Davis possesses the third-highest fielding percentage in the Big West; its .966 percentage trails only Cal State Fullerton (.973) and UC Santa Barbara (.967). Aiding the Aggies’ defensive efficiency is their errors total, 43, the second-fewest committed by any team in the conference.
BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS HER
Having already surpassed its total from last season, UC Davis has stolen 62 bases this year - the second-highest total in the Big West trailing only UC Riverside’s 82.
FIRST TO FIVE (INNINGS) WINS
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 13-3 when leading after four innings, 0-17 when trailing, and 8-4 entering the fifth when tied.
REACH BASE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY
Kelly Schulze is singlehandedly responsible for 16 of the Aggies’ 41 hit-by-pitches, nearly 40 percent of the team’s total. Schulze leads the conference in this category and has been hit two more times than the Big West’s No. 2 player, CSUN’s Mikayla Thielges.
BACK, BACK, BACK... GONE!
Junior transfer Caitlin Voss has made the most of her opportunities at the plate, belting her first two home runs as an Aggie in consecutive games. After smacking her first homer against Pacific on April 10, the Santa Maria native provided the perfect ending for UC Davis in its first game at UC Santa Barbara (4/13), smacking a solo shot to force a mercy-rule ending in the Aggies’ favor.
YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING AND LIKE IT
Jessica Thweatt earned her first shutout victory when she blanked Cal State Northridge in Gm. 2 of the Aggies’ doubleheader on April 6. Her last shutout win took place exactly one year prior 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 Cal State Northridge after its doubleheader on April 6 concluded when 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 in the same day. 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 draw a walk when they faced the Aggies on Mar. 24.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
Freshman shortstop Christa Castello helped UC Davis earn a sweep of its doubleheader against Cal State Northridge by driving in the winning run in the first game and earning another RBI in a Gm. 2 shutout. 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.
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.
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 (2/15/2012).