UC Davis Aggies (19-29, 4-11 BWC)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (28-23, 8-7 BWC)
Friday, May 5 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 (DH) - 1 p.m.
Campus Diamond (250) - Santa Barbara, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. - Coming off a solid 1-0 victory on Sunday versus Cal Poly, a game that saw the Aggies’ defense shine, Katie Kibby collect her fifth complete-game shutout of the season, and Marissa Jauregui belt her first home run as an Aggie, the only run scored by either team that day, UC Davis will head to Central California for its final road trip of the season.
Starting with Friday’s series opener, and continuing with a doubleheader the following day, the Aggies will square off against UC Santa Barbara before hosting CSUN next week in their final games of the year.
Don’t let last weekend’s results fool you; fans in attendance last weekend were treated to three thrilling games. In the series opener, Andrea Reynolds and Sierra Hyland, the fourth pick in this year’s National Pro Fastpitch Draft, went toe-to-toe for the first five innings in a classic pitchers’ duel.
Even more impressive about Reynolds’ effort that day was the fact that she returned to the circle to throw another 6.2 innings in the second game of that day’s doubleheader — a 13-inning matchup against the Cal Poly Mustangs that set a new school record for the longest home game in the program’s D-I era, and tied another record for the longest D-I game played by the Aggies.
Another UC Davis pitcher who has performed well in the circle throughout league play is Frankie Mendoza. After Cal Poly scored their first runs of the second game in the second inning, the freshman kept the Mustangs at bay for a majority of her 5.1 innings thrown.
Even after a physically, and emotionally taxing doubleheader, freshman Kibby stepped up against her Cal Poly counterpart in Lindsey Chalmers who, combined with Hyland entered weekend play with one of the lowest ERAs in the league; Hyland arrived to Davis with a 1.03 overall ERA, Chalmers held a 1.29.
Not only did the Aggie newcomer outperform her opponent, she only allowed two hits and collected another complete-game shutout.
Taylor Peters and Marissa Jauregui will never forget last weekend’s series because each hit their first home run as an Aggie. In Saturday’s second game, Peters’ grand slam helped the Aggie score early; Jauregui’s home run lifted her team to victory on Sunday since it was the only run scored by either team that day.
Highlighted by Brianna Warner’s efforts in center field — she recorded three assists at the plate last week by nailing one Cal, and two Cal Poly runners trying to score — UC Davis’ defense shined throughout its recent four-game homestand.
UC Santa Barbara will return home after earning a split of its six-game road trip. After winning two of three at Long Beach State, the Gauchos dropped two of three at Hawai’i last weekend.
Sophomore infielder Sierra Altmeyer leads the Gauchos with her .382 average, and her is team’s primary long ball threat. Of the 22 home runs hit this season by UCSB, her bat hit nine.
UC Santa Barbara is a team that is not considered a base-stealing threat; its 29 bags are less than one-half of the Aggies second-ranked total (67). When senior outfielder Kristen Clark reaches base, keep an eye on her since she swiped a base in all 11 attempts.
As was the case last weekend when UC Davis faced Hyland, Cal Poly’s top pitcher twice throughout the weekend, expect the same with sophomore right-hander Veronica Gulkin. The Gauchos’ top arm is 18-11, holds a 2.77 ERA and has thrown complete games in 15 of her 28 starts. Responsible for two-thirds of her team’s victories, Gulkin has forced opponents to hit .245.