Aggies Host Cal Poly in Season-Ending Series

Kelly Schulze is one of four players that will don a UC Davis uniform as a student-athlete for the final time in Saturday's season finale versus Cal Poly.
 
Kelly Schulze is one of four players that will don a UC Davis uniform as a student-athlete for the final time in Saturday's season finale versus Cal Poly.
 

May 7, 2013

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

May 4 at Long Beach State: L, 2-0 (Gm. 1); L, 6-1 (Gm. 2)
May 5 at Long Beach State: L, 1-0 (8)

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, May 10
Cal Poly Mustangs (19-31, 8-13 BWC) at UC Davis Aggies (22-27, 8-13 BWC)
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 1 p.m./3 p.m. (DH)
Gametracker (Gm. 1)  |  Gametracker (Gm. 2)  |  Live Audio (Both Games)

Saturday, May 11 - Senior Day
Cal Poly Mustangs at UC Davis Aggies
La Rue Field (Davis, Calif.) - 12 p.m.
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DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis will end its season at La Rue Field in a three-game series against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Action between the Aggies and Mustangs will start with a doubleheader on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m., and conclude the following day in a 12 p.m. matchup. Saturday, May 11, will also serve as the final game for four members of this year's UC Davis roster, all four will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Softball fans are encouraged to arrive to La Rue Field early that day to secure the best possible seats for that day's senior ceremony and season finale.

THANK YOU SENIORS!
On Saturday, May 11, four members of UC Davis' softball team will be recognized for their contributions to the program in a Senior Day ceremony. Sporting an Aggie jersey for the final time as a student-athlete that day are Megan Guzman, Kelly Schulze, Jessica Thweatt and JJ Wagoner.

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 softball@ucdavis.edu. All donations received will benefit the UC Davis Cancer Center.

DÉJÀ VU AT LA RUE
By scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, UC Davis completed its comeback effort against No. 17/16 Stanford (5/1) to defeat the Cardinal 5-4. That win is the Aggies' second over Stanford in the last three head-to-head meetings; UC Davis also recorded a 2-1 victory when the Cardinal visited Davis last season.

AGGIES VS. THE NATION
In addition to their team totals, seven Aggies also possess national individual rankings (in alphabetical order, through games of May 5):

Christa Castello
No. 148, Toughest to Strikeout (1K/13.7 AB) 

Jasmine Lee
No. 77, Toughest to Strikeout (1K/16.2 AB)

Leah Munden
No. 6 in Hit Batters (2)

Kelly Schulze
No. 15 in Hit by Pitch (0.40/gm.)

Jessica Thweatt
No. 39 in Hit Batters (4)

Justine Vela
No. 19 in Shutouts (7)
No. 18 in Hits Allowed/7 Innings (4.48)
No. 79 in Strikeouts (170)
No. 86 in Strikeouts/7 Innings (7.2)
No. 87 in ERA (2.11)

Chandler Wagner
No. 61 in Sacrifice Flies (3)

UC DAVIS AND THE NCAA
UC Davis softball possesses three top-100 rankings compared to all 289 Division I programs in the nation. Categories include (through games of May 5):

No. 52 in Earned Run Average (2.43)
No. 61 in Stolen Bases (1.29/gm.)
No. 66 in Fielding Percentage (.965)

HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?
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 2.43 ERA and .239 opposing batting average.

NO MATTER WHO YOU FACE, IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG DAY
Two UC Davis pitchers possess ERAs that are low enough to earn a spot in the Big West's top 10. One of two conference teams to sport a pair in this statistical category, the duo includes Justine Vela (2.11 ERA) and Leah Munden (2.76).

N0 L0VE F0R 0PP0NENTS
Opponents are seeing nothing but zeros this season whenever Justine Vela is pitching as the right-hander is ranked No. 19 in the country with seven shutouts.

THEY GET STRONGER AS THE LIST OF GAMES PLAYED GETS LONGER
In league play only, freshman shortstop Christa Castello is No. 10 amongst all conference players with a .359 batting average. Of Castello's 14 stolen bases, five were earned against Big West opponents - a total that is worthy of a No. 5 ranking.

By virtue of leading the Big West in all games, Justine Vela also leads all league pitchers with an opposing batting average of .195, and is No. 2 in the conference with 73 strikeouts earned against conference teams. 

Also recording a top-10 pitching mark is Jessica Thweatt; the senior right-hander possesses a 1.67 ERA, the third-lowest in league competition.

A FAMILIAR SIGHT
Of the Aggies' 275 strikeouts, 112 have been earned against conference opposition. Those 112 strikeouts are the most earned by any Big West team in league play.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
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 (4/28). That day's performance also helped her tie teammate Krista Bava for the most doubles hit by an Aggie this season 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' total, Castello has three of her team's 12 three-hit games.

AGGIES SET NEW STOLEN BASE RECORD
Recording five stolen bases in its series finale at UC Riverside (4/21), 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 3 games remaining to extend its mark over the previous record.

RECORD WATCH
Entering the Aggies three-game series against Cal Poly, 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 47 hit-by-pitches, trailing Cal State Northridge and its league-leading total of 53. Responsible for 19 of her team's total, Kelly Schulze possesses the third-highest single-season hit-by-pitch mark in the program's history. If she is plunked another four times, Schulze will possess the program's new single-season record.

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 .182. Hawai'i's Kaia Parnaby is ranked No. 2 and trails Vela by 17 percentage points.

YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE
UC Davis earned its second run-rule victory of the season on April 13, the series opener at UC Santa Barbara, 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 (2/27) 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).

KEEPING THEIR EYES ON THE BALL
Entering this weekend's action, UC Davis possesses the third-highest fielding percentage in the Big West; its .965 percentage trails only Cal State Fullerton (.972) and UC Santa Barbara (.967). Aiding the Aggies' defensive efficiency is their errors total, 47, 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 63 bases this year - the second-highest total in the Big West trailing only UC Riverside's 84. 

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 as the team is 13-3 when leading after four innings, 1-18 when trailing, and 8-6 entering the fifth when tied.

REACH BASE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY
Kelly Schulze is singlehandedly responsible for 19 of the Aggies' 47 hit-by-pitches, 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 recently, belting her first two home runs as an Aggie in consecutive games. After smacking her first homer against Pacific (4/10), 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... AGAIN
Jessica Thweatt earned her first shutout victory when she blanked Cal State Northridge in Gm. 2 of the Aggies' doubleheader (4/6/13). Her last shutout win took place exactly one year ago 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.

ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
When UC Davis took the diamond at La Rue Field last week against No. 17 Stanford, it was the eighth ranked opponent the team has faced this season. Other nationally-ranked opposition includes: 

No. 9 California
No. 20 Stanford
No. 15 Michigan
No. 14 South Florida
No. 3 Arizona State
No. 24 Oregon State
No. 18 Hawai'i

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. 

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES
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.