May 3, 2011
Complete Game Notes
UC DAVIS SOFTBALL GAME NOTES
Cal Poly - Saturday, May 7, 12 p.m. (DH) / Sunday, May 8, 12 p.m. (Senior Day)
Davis, Calif. (La Rue Field)
- UC Davis won its first road conference series last weekend, taking two out of three games against UC Riverside.
- The Aggies exploded on offense in the first two games, scoring 25 runs in the doubleheader despite a 9-8 loss in game one. UC Davis had season highs in runs and hits in game two after a 17-5 win in six innings, where the Aggies had 20 hits as a team.
- UC Davis also played its final nonconference game of the season last week against No. 13 Stanford. The Aggies will now focus on closing out the Big West season with six games remaining. UC Davis is currently in a tie for fifth place in the conference standings.
- The Aggies play their final home games of the season this weekend against Cal Poly. UC Davis will celebrate senior day on Sunday, recognizing Bianca Castillo, Jessica Gonzalez and Alex Holmes in their final home game as an Aggie.
OPPONENT SCOUTING REPORT
Cal Poly: The Mustangs come into this weekend with an 8-33 and 4-11 mark in Big West play. Cal Poly has recently lost conference series to Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. The Mustangs dropped the final two games against the Matadors, falling 4-1 and 7-5 on the road. Cal Poly started the Big West season by taking two out of three games at UC Riverside but then the Mustangs were swept by UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton. Cal Poly is currently tied with UC Riverside for last place in the conference, despite being picked as the preseason favorite in the Big West coaches poll. The Mustangs also struggled in the nonconference slate, posting a 4-22 record before starting into the conference schedule.
Cal Poly leads the all-time series 20-18.
UC Davis had an offensive explosion in the UC Riverside series, scoring a combined 25 runs in the first two games. The Aggies had season highs in runs scored and hits as a team in game two, posting a 17-5 win in six innings after 20 hits. Six separate players had multi-hit games, including five players with three or more hits. Kelly Harman led the way with four hits, two runs scored and six RBIs. She also capped off the scoring with a three-run home run in the top of the sixth. UC Davis went on to win the series, taking a 3-2 win in game three behind Alex Holmes’ complete game with seven strikeouts.
BIG WEST POSSIBILITIES
With only six games remaining in the conference schedule, UC Davis sits in a fifth place tie in the Big West standings with a 6-9 record. The Aggies can still finish as high as second, should they win all six games remaining and have a combination of losses from other schools. Long Beach State, Pacific, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara are all still in the running for a Big West Conference Championship.
RUN RULE WIN
UC Davis had its second run rule win of the season and the first five-inning victory of the year with a 9-1 win over Cal State Fullerton in the first game of the series. The Aggies out-hit the Titans 12-5 and had eight separate players register hits in the game. The nine runs also tied a season high for UC Davis, as the Aggies had a 9-1 win in six inning earlier this season against Santa Clara. UC Davis is 5-1 this season when scoring 6 runs or more.
LATE HOME RUNS
The Aggies had two home runs in a single game for the first time on the season in the Cal State Fullerton series, despite dropping an 11-4 decision to the Titans. Elizabeth Santana had her third long ball of the season with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Rachel Miller helped extend the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. It was Miller’s first home run of the season and the second of her career.
UC Davis has performed well at home this season, boasting a 11-6 overall record. The Aggies have struggled away from La Rue Field however, with a 5-7 neutral site record and a 3-8 road record. UC Davis suffered its first series sweep of the season at Long Beach State, dropping all three games after scoring just two runs on the weekend. The 49ers set the tone in game one with a 10-0 win in five innings, as the Aggies managed just one hit in the game. The UC Davis pitching staff settled down in the final two games but Long Beach State managed to hang on for 2-1 and 3-1 victories.
The Big West preseason predictions haven’t panned out through four weeks of conference play. Cal State Fullerton is tied for the conference lead after getting picked to finish in sixth place. The preseason favorite Cal Poly currently sits in a last place tie in the Big West. UC Davis was picked to finish second but currently is in a tie for fifth place. With nine games left to play for every team, the Big West standings could still shift dramatically.
Alex Holmes is currently leading all of NCAA DI in total triples with eight on the season. She is tied this week with two other players holding eight triples but has had the outright lead or shared the lead in four consecutive weeks. Holmes is also in second in triples per game with .18 per contest.
PROBLEMS WITH PACIFIC
UC Davis managed to take a 3-1 win against Pacific but the Tigers shut out the Aggies in two games to win the season series. In the one win of the week, Jessica Thweatt had her best outing of the season, allowing just five hits and no earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Alex Holmes picked up her third save of the season by striking out the final batter of the game. Kylie Fan had her first career home run, sending out a two-run shot to lift UC Davis in the 3-1 win.
BIG WEST BEGINS
UC Davis started the conference season with a series win over Cal State Northridge, taking 3-1 and 5-3 victories in the final two games. Alex Holmes was dominant in the circle, recording 27 strikeouts in the three games combined.
TRIO OF TRIPLES
Alex Holmes had an impressive series at the plate against Cal State Northridge, hitting for a triple in each of the three games. Holmes entered the weekend ranked 8th in the nation in triples. She now leads the conference in triples with seven on the season and will likely move up in the national rankings when they are released again.
THERE GOES GUZMAN
Megan Guzman had her best week of the season, hitting over .500 and registering three steals in games played in between Mar. 28 and Apr. 3. Guzman was a perfect 8-8 on the season in steal attempts at the time.
Alex Holmes is all over the conference leaderboard and dominating several statistical categories. Holmes leads the Big West in total strikeouts and is in the top five in ERA. She is in the top 10 in nearly every pitching category, including opposing batting average, innings pitches, wins, saves and games finished. Holmes has also tallied some impressive hitting stats and is in the top 10 in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, triples and total bases.
AGGIE STAMPEDE RECAP
UC Davis managed to get two games in last weekend after the rain settled down. The Aggies lost a 1-0 contest to Oregon State before taking a 6-0 win over Saint Mary’s. The loss to the Beavers was the first home loss of the season for UC Davis. After just three hits as a team in the first game Elizabeth Santana sparked the offense in the second game with four hits, four RBIs and a two-run home run. The Aggies had 12 hits in game two and scored in four out of six innings to take down the Gaels, 6-0. UC Davis has one makeup game against Santa Clara this week that will also function as part of the Aggie Stampede.
FINALS BREAK TIMED RIGHT
UC Davis has had nine days off from competition, after winning seven of its last eight games. The Aggies avoided some terrible weather during finals week and would have likely postponed any games, were they scheduled for last week. Every team entering the Aggie Stampede, except California who played in Hawaii last week, missed games last week due to weather. This week’s weather forecast calls for heavy rain but hopefully UC Davis can avoid another weekend washout.
Alex Holmes received the first player of the week honor for UC Davis this season, taking both player and pitcher of the week for games played between Mar. 7 and Mar. 13. Holmes led the Aggies to a 5-1 record that week with a .611 batting average and 1.111 slugging percentage. She had a hit in every game, including four multi-hit games and five extra base hits for the week. She finished the week with 11 hits, four runs scored, four RBIs, a home run, two triples and two doubles. Holmes also got the job done in the circle, appearing in five out of the six games en route to a 3-1 record while adding a save. She had 27 strikeouts in 26.1 innings for the week, while allowing just six walks. Holmes posted a 1.06 ERA through the five games.
BRONCO CLASSIC RECAP
The Aggies extended their win streak to six before finishing with a 3-1 record at the Bronco Classic. UC Davis took two wins over San Jose State and a win against Albany (NY) on the weekend. Alex Holmes allowed just three hits and struck out seven in a 6-2 win over the Spartans in day one. The Aggies split on day two, taking a 2-0 win over Albany before dropping a 2-0 loss to Boise State. UC Davis capped off the tournament in dramatic fashion, taking a 4-3 extra inning win over San Jose State. Holmes had a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game into extra innings, where the Aggies won after a ninth inning score.
STANFORD NIKE INVITATIONAL RECAP
UC Davis played some tough competition at the Stanford Nike Invitational, including two ranked opponents. The Aggies dropped all five games at the tourney, with one one-run loss and two two-run losses. Both of the two run losses came against ranked opponents after a 2-0 loss to No. 24 Kentucky and a 5-3 loss to No. 16 Stanford.
SACRAMENTO STATE SWEEP
The Aggies have played the Hornets three times this season, winning every matchup for a series sweep. UC Davis won 3-1 in the first meeting, which was a rescheduled game at the San Diego Classic. The Aggies immediately followed that game with their home opener against Sacramento State again. Alex Holmes took the win in another pitcher’s duel, leading UC Davis to a 2-1 victory. Holmes had a three-hit complete game after allowing just one earned run and striking out four. Rachel Miller provided the runs for the Aggies with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. In the third and final meetings, UC Davis won 4-2 on the road and never trailed in the game.
SAN DIEGO I RECAP
Despite rain all weekend, UC Davis managed to play three games and went 2-1 with wins over San Diego and Sacramento State. The Aggies lost 11-4 to Northwestern in the first game of the weekend before the next three games were rained out. In the 2-1 win over San Diego Alex Holmes picked up her first win of the season after allowing just seven hits and striking out five in a complete game. Elizabeth Santana and Kelly Schulze each had RBI hits to provide the offense for the Aggies. Jessica Thweatt stole the show in the first meeting of the season against Sacramento State, throwing a three-hit complete game en route to a 2-1 win for the Aggies.
PARADISE CLASSIC RECAP
UC Davis played well at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic hosted by Hawai’i, despite coming away with a 2-3 record on the weekend. The Aggies had to face No. 8 Hawai’i twice last week, including a matchup in the championship game. UC Davis had a 4-2 win over Southern Utah to earn the No. 3 seed heading into bracket play. The Aggies had a solid win against Texas State in the final day of the tourney, winning 4-1 over the reigning Southern Conference champions. Alex Holmes, JJ Wagoner and Elizabeth Santana were all named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts.
TWO FOR THWEATT TO START THE SEASON
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Thweatt had a strong start to the season, going 2-0 in her first two appearances of the year. Thweat had wins over Southern Utah and Texas State at the Hawai’i Paradise Classic. She threw a complete game and allowed just six hits and two earned runs in a win over the Thunderbirds. Thweatt also held Texas State scoreless for four innings, before allowing a run in the fifth inning en route to a 4-1 win and her second win of the season.
HOLMES ON ASA WATCHLIST
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America has selected its initial watch list for the 10th annual ASA USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award. Alex Holmes is among the 50 names on the preseason list, the first leg of the process for what is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 13. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshman qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level. Holmes is the first Aggie to land on the Player of the Year watch list in program DI history and is the league’s reigning Pitcher of the Year.
UC Davis returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s championship squad, including seven position players and one pitcher. Senior Alex Holmes is the reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year and also received First Team All-Conference honors as a pitcher and designated player. Holmes went 16-11 with a 3.01 ERA in 2010, with 12 complete games and 143 strikeouts. Against conference foes, Holmes was even better as she went 9-1 with a 2.10 ERA, four complete games, one shutout and 43 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. She also allowed opposing batters to hit just .228 and recorded a couple of saves. The Aggie talent is also at the plate as Holmes (.345 BA), 2010 Big West Freshman of the Year Elizabeth Santana (.341 BA, 56 H, 31 R, 13 2B) and Kylie Fan (.330 BA, 34 H, 12 R) headline a potent UC Davis offense.
In a tight vote among the Big West’s eight head coaches, UC Davis was picked to finish second in league play this season. The Aggies received three first place votes and finished just three points behind the favorite, Cal Poly.