Aggies Make ESPN3 Debut in Final Road Series

Andrea Reynolds possesses the second-lowest ERA and opposing batting average in league games only amongst all Big West pitchers this year.
 
Andrea Reynolds possesses the second-lowest ERA and opposing batting average in league games only amongst all Big West pitchers this year.
 

April 30, 2014

Saturday, May 3
UC Davis Aggies (17-29, 6-9 BWC) 
at
Cal State Fullerton (27-20-1, 8-7 BWC)

4/6 p.m. PT (DH)
Anderson Family Field (1,000) - Fullerton, Calif. 

Watch Gm. 1 on ESPN3 (Trent Schlom - PBP; Jen Schroeder - Analyst)
Watch Gm. 2 on ESPN3
Live Stats (Both Games)
 

The Last Meeting
Cal State Fullerton4
UC Davis3
April 28, 2013
Davis, Calif.
Titans Thwart Potential Series Sweep
Box Score
An early Cal State Fullerton lead was nearly erased in Sunday afternoon's Big West series finale at La Rue Field as the Titans withstood a late-game UC Davis scoring charge to escape with a 4-3 victory and prevent the Aggies from earning a weekend sweep.



Sunday, May 4
UC Davis Aggies 
at
Cal State Fullerton

12 p.m. PT
Anderson Family Field - Fullerton, Calif.

Live Audio
Live Stats

 

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will make its first-ever appearance on ESPN3 this weekend when the Aggies compete in their final road games of the year at Cal State Fullerton. Trent Schlom and Jen Schroeder will call Saturday's doubleheader, first pitch is schedule for 4 p.m. The series finale will take place the following day starting at 12 p.m., an internet audio broadcast is available at ucdavisaggies.com. Live stats for all three games are also available at fullertontitans.com or ucdavisaggies.com.

HELLO AMERICA!
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.

Trent Schlom will call the action from Anderson Family Field with Jen Schroeder providing additional analysis. 

UC Davis softball fans will also have the opportunity to interact with other like-minded individuals on Twitter by using the hashtag #UCDvsCSF.

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.

YOU WILL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT
Going the distance in last weekend’s series opener versus UC Riverside, Dana Cruse earned her third complete-game shutout victory of the season. The freshman right-hander threw a gem for the Aggies, allowing only one hit to the Highlanders throughout the first four frames. Even though UCR recorded another two hits throughout the final three innings, no player ever came close to scoring thanks to the Cruse’s effort.

TWO TIMES THE FUN
Shortly after recording her shutout victory in the first of two games against the UC Riverside Highlanders, Dana Cruse returned to the circle at La Rue Field as the Aggies’ Gm. 2 starter. By giving up only two hits through five full innings, Cruse collected her second victory in as many games to help UC Davis win the weekend series. 

LIKE A BOTTLE OF FINE WINE
Freshman right-hander Andrea Reynolds has become more comfortable in the circle as the season progressed as evident by her ERA in recent games. Since Big West action began, Reynolds has recorded a 1.40 ERA in addition to her .206 opposing batting average, the second-lowest figures in each category.

Joining Reynolds in the Big West’s top 10 is Dana Cruse and her 2.54 ERA in conference games only. Ranked No. 7 in that category, Cruse also possesses the third-lowest opposing batting average against league opposition with a .219 mark.

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.

ANNUAL TEAM SAMMIE BUNNY DRIVE ARRIVES TO UC DAVIS
For the third straight season, UC Davis softball hosted its annual Team Sammie Bunny Drive. Taking place throughout April 18th’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 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 teamsammie@yahoo.com 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.

EFFICIENCY AT ITS BEST
Entering the bottom of the fourth inning in UC Davis’ series opener against UC Santa Barbara, 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 the Gauchos.

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.

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 19 over the fence in 2014. Led by Kelly Zboralske with six and Lauren Saunders with five, five different players have gone long for UC Davis this year. 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.

SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
Entering the week in fourth place one game behind Cal Poly (a team the Aggies won two of three against on the road just a couple of weeks ago), Cal State Fullerton enters its next Big West series off a disappointing weekend against that same Mustang roster. Swept in last Saturday’s doubleheader, the Titans salvaged a win in the series finale, also on the road, to snap its three-game slide. Prior to hosting the Aggies in their final home games of 2014, the Titans will host Santa Clara on Thursday, May 1.

Jasmine Antunez, Fullerton’s primary starter, holds a 10-9 record with a 4.05 ERA this season; freshman Christina Washington, the team’s No. 2 hurler, has thrown two-thirds of an inning less than her sophomore teammate, hosts a 9-5 record and an ERA of 3.88. 

Both have thrown four complete games, each have allowed similar earned run totals-Antunez has allowed 63 to Washington’s 60-but it has been the former who has fanned batters at an eye-opening rate as her 90 are nearly twice as many as her counterpart.

At the plate, another sophomore has led the way for head coach Kelly Ford thanks to the efforts of sophomore third baseman Missy Taukeiaho. Not only is she responsible for her team’s top hits (61), runs (49), doubles (12), home runs (15), and RBI (39) totals, Taukeiaho possesses the highest batting average (.415) on base (.530) and slugging percentages (.803). Even though Fullerton’s lineup will field additional talents, limiting Taukeiaho’s effect within each respective game will aid the Aggies in their effort to collect victories in their final road games of the year. 

ONE-SIDED AFFAIR
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.

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 27, Christa Castello, Dana Cruse and Andrea Reynolds hold NCAA rankings.

Christa Castello
Hit by Pitch Per Game: No. 105 (0.20/gm.)
Toughest to Strikeout: No. 55 (1K/19.3 AB)
Triples: No. 83 (3)
Triples Per Game: No. 129 (0.07)

Dana Cruse
Shutouts: No. 134 (3)

Andrea Reynolds
Saves: No. 22 (3)

The Aggies are also ranked No. 67 in the nation with their 0.35 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 39 hit-by-pitches. Sophomore shortstop Christa Castello has been plunked a team-high nine times this year, Kelly Zboralske is second on the squad and trails her teammate by three.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
With eight games remaining, the Aggies have already hit more doubles this season (48) than the entire 2013 campaign (35). Thanks to her efforts at the plate last weekend, junior first baseman Amy Nunez leads all Aggies with 10. Prior to facing Pacific in a one-off matchup and UC Riverside last weekend, Nunez and Kelly Zboralske each had eight.

The 2009 roster is responsible for setting the Division I school record with 60 doubles; at its current pace, this year’s roster will fall four doubles shy of matching that mark.

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
Ranked No. 3 in the conference behind Cal Poly (48) and UC Riverside (47), UC Davis has successfully dropped 44 sacrifice bunts this season. More than 40 percent 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. 

SHE’S SAFE! IN THE CIRCLE?
Trailing only Cal State Northridge and its seven, UC Davis is No. 2 in the conference with its six saves. Freshman right-hander Andrea Reynolds is one of three players responsible for a league-high three saves, southpaw sophomore Leah Munden is also tied with two others at the No. 4 spot with two. 

REACHING BASE, AND THEN SOME
Sophomore third baseman/utility player Kelly Zboralske is holding her own against the Big West’s elite as she is now No. 10 in the league with her .511 slugging percentage.

THE LEADERS OF UC DAVIS’ HIT SQUAD
Christa Castello and Kelly Zboralske lead all Aggies with 46 and 40 hits respectively; collectively, the pair is responsible for 30 percent (.305) of their team’s total. Entering this weekend’s series, Castello also holds the Aggies’ top batting average (.353) with her counterpart possessing the highest slugging percentage (.511).

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 sixth-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.

No-Hitter
UC Davis: March 11, 2012, thrown by Justine Vela vs. Idaho State
Aggie opponent: March 25, 2012, vs. Bakersfield

One-Hitter
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

Perfect Game
UC Davis: None
Aggie opponent: None