Aggies host Gauchos in final home series of '16

Christina Guidry is one of six seniors who will make their final appearances as an Aggie this weekend.
May 6, 2016


Games 45-47

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (24-26, 7-8 BWC)
at 
UC Davis Aggies (15-29, 4-11 BWC)

Saturday, May 7 - 1 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, May 8 - 1 p.m.
La Rue Field (500) - Davis, Calif.

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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will host UC Santa Barbara, in its final home games of the 2016 season, at La Rue Field this weekend. In addition to hosting the Gauchos in the penultimate weekend series of the year -- the Aggies' season finale will take place next weekend at CSUN -- UC Davis softball will honor six seniors following the conclusion of Sunday's game: Christina Guidry, Leah Munden, Kaila Olson, Alicia Paine, Justine Vela and Kelly Zboralske.

David Kim will provide an internet broadcast of all three games, links are available at ucdavisaggies.com.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis6
UC Santa Barbara1
April 19, 2015
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Early offense leads to first league sweep
Box ScoreStarting with UC Davis' first-inning home run from Amy Nunez, the Aggies scored in three of the first four innings played in Sunday's series finale at Campus Diamond, and recorded their first Big West weekend sweep since the final weekend of the 2013 schedule by defeating UC Santa Barbara, 6-1.

SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
- UC Santa Barbara enters this weekend' series against the Aggies tied for fourth place with a 24-26 overall and 7-8 Big West record

- Last weekend, UCSB won two of three home games vs. Hawai'i -- the final ones of the season in Santa Barbara

- The Gauchos leads the all-time series 21-12

- UC Davis swept last year's series in Santa Barbara

- Seven of softball's 12 victories against UCSB were earned at La Rue Field; UC Davis is 7-9 all-time at home

- The Aggies are 9-14 against the Gauchos as Division I opponents

- UCSB is ranked No. 2 among all league teams in hits (411) and No. 3 in batting avg. (.304), on base pct. (.373), runs (222) and RBI (208)

- Junior left fielder Kristen Clark is No. 3 in the Big West with her 66 hits and .420 batting average; she also holds team-high marks in seven categories

- Clark has singlehandedly stolen 17 of the Gauchos' 28 bases this year

- Led by freshman first baseman Sierra Altmeyer and her team-high 36 RBI, three Gauchos are ranked among the conference's top-five RBI leaders -- the most of any team

THANK YOU SENIORS!
Six UC Davis student-athletes will compete in their final home games when UC Santa Barbara visits La Rue Field this weekend. The program will honor Christina Guidry, Leah Munden, Kaila Olson, Alicia Paine, Justine Vela and Kelly Zboralske shortly after the conclusion of Sunday's series finale.

STEPPING UP WHEN IT COUNTS THE MOST
Last Sunday's complete-game shutout victory is the latest stellar pitching performance by senior Justine Vela during a league season already full of them. In Big West games only, Vela's .195 opposing batting average and 1.83 ERA are the third- and seventh-lowest figures among all conference pitchers.

NUMBER ONE WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO PULL AWAY
By scoring twice at Cal Poly during the Aggies' weekend in San Luis Obispo, junior centerfielder Brianna Warner broke a three-way tie and now holds the Div. I program record for the most career runs. Warner has now scored 70 runs throughout her (almost) three-year career at UC Davis. Kelly Harman (2009-12) and Megan Guzman (2010-13) are tied for second with 68 career runs.

ONE IS ALL YOU NEED
By defeating Cal Poly last Sunday by a 1-0 score, UC Davis is now 6-7 in one-run games and earned its sixth shutout victory of the season.

RBI RECORD WITHIN REACH
Tied alongside Kelly Harman (2009-12), in second place with 66 career RBI, senior first basemen Kelly Zboralske needs to drive in four more runs throughout the Aggies' final six games to set a new Division I career record. Amy Nunez (2011-15) currently occupies the top spot with 69 career RBI.

CLUTCH WHEN IT COUNTS
Zboralske has consistently found a way to step up when her team needs it the most; of her 61 combined RBI recorded throughout the last three seasons, 31 took place with two outs.

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 52-game block of action.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE CURIOUS
The NCAA record for most consecutive stolen bases is 73, set by Texas A&M's Sharonda McDonald from April 21, 2004, to March 4, 2006. Warner is currently ranked tied for No. 24 with her 39.

CHASING PERFECTION
If she is able to extend her more than year-long streak without being caught stealing, Brianna Warner will become the first Aggie in the program's D-I era to steal a base, in as many attempts, in a single season (min. 10 SB). Of the eight players only caught stealing only once in a year, Warner comprises two spots on that list since she finished 11-12 as a freshman and 16-17 as a sophomore.

CHASING PERFECTION - PART TWO
Entering the season, 21 Division I players in NCAA history have posted a perfect 1.000 stolen base percentage. If Warner maintains her unblemished percentage, she will join this exclusive list. If the season ended at the time of this release (May 6), her 36-36 mark would rank the junior centerfielder tied for seventh.

ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BIG WEST
Warner has a realistic opportunity to accomplish something that only person in Big West Conference history can boast: stealing 40 or more bases in a single season. With another four bags, UC Davis' junior centerfielder will join UC Riverside's Dionne Anderson as the only players to swipe 40 or more bases in a year. Anderson set the BWC single-season record in 2014 (47 steals).

BY THE WAY...
Warner enters this weekend's series vs. UCSB with 36 stolen bases, exactly twice as many as the previous Div. I single-season record, previously held by Megan Guzman (2011).

ONE MORE FOR A PROGRAM RECORD
That's the number of saves freshman Sara Cadona needs to match Andrea Reynold's D-I record for the most saves in a single season. Cadona is one of three Aggies who lead all Big West pitchers with three saves.

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 and received no decision.

THAT'S A WAY TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
By batting .500 throughout the Aggies' weekend's 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 when the team left Orange County. The junior transfer from Alabama A&M has become a regular fixture within the Aggies' lineup by earning starts in  all but two of her 26  games played. Of those starts, she was the team's DP in 17 games, caught another six and started another at first.

FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Keep an eye on the score once the fifth inning rolls around because UC Davis is 9-3 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 12-2 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.

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 0.82 stolen base per game average is the 10th-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 17 steals, Peters is tied for No. 7 in the Big West and No. 115 in the nation averaging 0.40 stolen bases per game.

MASTER THIEVES
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. 24 among all Division I teams in stolen bases per game (1.86).

TRULY TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM
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.

GIMME FIVE
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.