Aggies host Rainbow Wahine in regular season finale

May 10, 2018

ON DECK…
Hawai’i (22-25, 6-12 Big West) at UC Davis (25-23, 7-11 Big West)
Saturday, May 11, 2018 | 3 p.m. | La Rue Field | Davis, Calif.
Sunday, May 12, 2018 | Noon & 2 p.m. (DH) | La Rue Field | Davis, Calif.

FOLLOW ALONG…
May 11 - Live Stats | Live Video
May 12 (GAME 1) - Live Stats | Live Video
May 12 (GAME 2) - Live Stats | Live Video

PLAY BALL: The final series of the 2018 regular season will be in front of the hometown faithful at La Rue Field this weekend as UC Davis welcomes Hawai’i to Northern California for a three-game set beginning with a single game on Friday (May 11) at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday (May 12) at Noon. Following the final out of Saturday’s twinbill, the Aggie softball program will honor its lone senior, infielder Ashley Lotoszynski, as part of “Senior Day” festivities.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, nor Hawai’i, are listed among the top 25 this week… The Aggies are 2-7 in nine games against nationally ranked opposition… UC Davis has played nine games against five teams that were featured among the top 25 (Tennessee [twice], Arizona, California [twice], Oklahoma State, and Long Beach State [three]) and played two more that were among those receiving votes (San Diego State & Fresno State) in either or both national polls at the time of the game — both resulting in victories.

CAN’T MAKE THE TRIP?: Live stats and video are expected to be available for all three games of this weekend’s series. Links will be made available on the softball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com, while in-game updates will also be posted on the team’s Twitter page at @UCDavisSB.

SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE: Hawai’i enters the weekend with a 22-25 overall record and a 6-12 mark in Big West play — one game back of UC Davis in the standings… After winning the opener, the Rainbow Wahine dropped 2-of-3 against CSUN in their final home series of the regular season, and have lost nine of their last 12 since a sweep of Cal Poly at the beginning of April… Hawai’i is 3-9 in true road games this year, losing seven of its last nine… Sophomore catcher/infielder Callee Heen leads all regulars with a .339 average, 13 home runs, and 33 RBI, walking 22 times and posting a .709 slugging percentage… The Rainbow Wahine are batting .248 as a team and have slugged 33 home runs on the year… Senior right-hander Dana Thomsen has thrown the majority of the innings (181.2) in the circle this season, posting a 14-15 record and a 3.04 ERA in 33 games, striking out 129… Opponents are hitting .292 against the Hawai’i pitching staff this season, which has posted a 3.34 ERA.

SERIES NOTES: Hawai’i leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 14-6, dating back to 2009, after the Rainbow Wahine took 2-of-3 from the Aggies in Honolulu last season… Hawai’i leads the series against UC Davis, 10-5, since both have been members of the Big West… The Aggies, who have won three of the last five games in the series, are 4-2 at home in a pair of Big West series at La Rue Field, taking 2-of-3 in both the 2014 and 2016 seasons.

THREE’S THE CHARM FOR YANEZ: Freshman animal science major Brooke Yanez parlayed a long weekend in the circle into her third Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honor for the 2018 season, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. Yanez becomes only the second UC Davis hurler to earn three pitcher of the week honors in the same season, joining Justine Vela, who won the award three times en route to being named Big West Pitcher of the Year in 2012. The Ventura, Calif., native opened the season with back-to-back awards earlier this year on Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. Read the complete release: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/050718aaa.html.

AND THE NUMBER OF THE COUNTING SHALL BE THREE: Yanez becomes the first freshman to win three Big West Pitcher of the Week awards in a single season since CSUN’s Zoe Conley in 2015.

WE’RE GONNA NEED A NEW SCOREBOARD: UC Davis’ 12-inning win in the series opener against No. 17 Long Beach State is tied for the third-longest in the program’s Division I history and the longest since the Aggies played 13 against Cal Poly on April 29 of last season. The 12 innings also marked the sixth-longest (tied) game in the program’s recorded history, but six innings shy of the 18-inning all-time record at Sonoma State back in 1997.

Longest games (innings)
1. 18 innings vs. Sonoma State (W, 3-2), 1997
2. 16 innings vs. Stanislaus State (L, 2-1), 1995
3. 14 innings vs. Humboldt State (W, 7-4), 1995
t4. 13 innings at UC Riverside (L, 1-0), April 25, 2015
t4. 13 innings vs. Cal Poly (L, 8-7), April 29, 2017
t6. 12 innings vs. Long Beach State (W, 2-1), May 5, 2018
t6. 12 innings vs. Sonoma State (W, 2-1), 1997

SHE’S GOING THE DISTANCE: When freshman teammate Riley Siegel put an end to the Aggies’ marathon victory over the 49ers, Yanez’s 12 innings in the circle stood alone as a new program Division I single-game record, breaking Leah Munden’s 10.2 innings pitched at UC Riverside on April 25, 2015. The all-time single-game record is held by Sherry Perez, who went 17 innings against Sacramento State in 1984.

RUBBER ARM: In addition, Yanez’s 198 pitches in the 12-inning complete-game win over Long Beach State are also the most by an Aggie hurler in a single game in the program’s recorded Division I history, smashing the previous high of 158 by Jessica Hancock against Nevada on March 13, 2008. Yanez, who has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in a game only four times in 24 starts, owns three of the top-10 single-game pitch totals in the program’s Division I history after tossing 154 against San Diego State on Feb. 11 (ranking fifth) and 142 against Liberty on Feb. 23 (ranking 10th).

JUST WIN, BABY: The Aggies’ 25 wins this season are the most in the Erin Thorpe era and the highest overall win total since the 2013 UC Davis squad finished with 25 victories… One more win this season will match the 2010 squad for the most in the program’s Division I history, will clinch the program’s first Division I winning season, and the first winning season since the 2007 squad ended its campaign at 31-27-1 overall… At 7-11 in Big West play, the Aggies are just one conference win shy of matching last season’s total with three games left, while two more conference wins would give UC Davis its highest league total since the 2014 squad finished 9-12 in the Big West.

EXTRA, EXTRA: UC Davis’ win in the series opener against Long Beach State improved the Aggies to 4-1 in extra innings this season, matching the program’s extra-inning win total from its last three seasons combined. The five extra-inning contests (so far) equal last year’s total and are the most since the 2013 squad went extras eight times in 2013, while the four victories this year are the most since the 2010 team finished 5-1 in six extra-inning affairs. All told, the Aggies are 24-21 in extra innings in the program’s Division I history.

YANEZ NAMED TO NFCA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: UC Davis freshman pitcher Brooke Yanez was one of 25 first-year players as candidates for the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Freshman of the Year award, the organization announced on April 19. The animal science major is one of two Big West Conference players on the list along with Long Beach State outfielder Naomi Hernandez and one of eight pitchers overall. Read the complete release here: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/041918aaa.html.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Freshman Alyse Rojas’ 59 hits this season are tied for second on the program’s Division I single-season list alongside Christa Castello (2017) and Alex Holmes (2010) and stand just four shy of Brianna Warner’s record total of 63 set last season. The 59 hits are the most by a UC Davis freshman in the Division I era, breaking Elizabeth Santana’s mark of 56 in 2010, and are 15 back of Sharlie Cunningham’s 1997 total (74) for the most by a first-year Aggie player.

BETCHA CAN’T HIT JUST ONE: Alyse Rojas likes her hits in pairs… or trios… or, in one case, a quartet. Thanks to a three-hit performance in the series finale against Cal State Fullerton, Rojas has now tallied 19 multi-hit games this season — including a career-best 4-for-4 against CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 17 at the Bulldog Classic. The 19 games for Rojas are the most by an Aggie since Alex Holmes finished with 19 such performances in 2010, while Christa Castello holds the program’s Division I record with 20 multi-hit games in 2014.

YOU COMPLETE ME: Freshman Brooke Yanez’s Big West-best 22 complete games this season now rank second on the program’s Division I list, trailing only Jessica Hancock’s 29 in 2008 — the latter total ranking fifth on the school’s all-time list. The animal science major from Ventura, Calif., has failed to go the distance only twice in 24 starts this season against Saint Mary’s (Feb. 28) and Cal Poly (April 15), ranking second in the league in innings pitched (176.2) entering this weekend.

10 FOR THE WIN: Yanez and circle mate Katie Kibby have each won 10 games this season, making them the first UC Davis pitching duo to each claim 10 victories in a single season since Alex Holmes (16) and Dana Waldusky (10) did so in 2010. Yanez’s 14 wins in 2018 are tied for fourth in the league, while Kibby’s 10 victories are tied for eighth entering the final weekend of the regular season.

THAT’S BROOKE… WITH A “K”: Six times this season Yanez has rung up double-digit strikeouts — including a career-high 15 in a win over Utah State on March 10, which were the most by any UC Davis pitcher since Justine Vela hit the same number against Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2012. Yanez ranks second in the Big West (and No. 50 in the NCAA) with 179 strikeouts and 7.09 strikeouts per seven innings (which ranks No. 77 in the country). Her total moves her into sole possession of fourth on the program’s Division I single-season list and are just 21 of becoming the fourth Aggie in the Division I era to reach 200 in a season along with Justine Vela (272 in 2012), Jessica Hancock (225 in 2008), and Alex Holmes (209 in 2011).

BIG TIME IN THE BIG WEST: In addition to her strikeout numbers, Yanez also enters the week ranked among the league’s top five in wins (4th), complete games (1st), innings (2nd), batting average against (3rd), and ERA (2nd). Nationally, the animal science major ranks No. 49 in the nation in ERA, No. 31 in hits allowed per seven innings (4.48), strikeouts per game (No. 77), and overall strikeouts (No. 50).

“LOTO” NUMBERS: Lotoszynski’s first home run of the season and the two RBI against California moved her into sole possession of third on the school’s Division I list, while the two runs driven in gave her 87 for her career, extending her school Division I record and giving her sole possession of ninth on the all-time list.

• Her 87 RBI are a program Division I record, and are 11 shy of Kim Nelson (1991-94) for eighth on the all-time list
• Her 35 doubles are fourth on the all-time list, just three back of Nikki Sheldon (2004-07) for third
• Her 12 home runs are third on the Division I list, and two shy of Nunez for 10th on the all-time list
• Her 58 walks are third on the Division I list, and 10th on the all-time list, just one back of Sharlie Cunningham (1997, 1999-00) for ninth
• Her 77 runs scored rank third on the Division I list, seven back of Christa Castello for second

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: Eight different players have accounted for game-winning RBI in the Aggies’ 25 victories this season, led by senior Ashley Lotoszynski with five -- including the game-winner in four straight UC Davis wins from Feb. 28-March 10. Nine different players have crossed home plate with the winning run this season, led by sophomore Isabella Leon’s six -- one of seven Aggie players with multiple game-winning runs. Four UC Davis players are among a select group with multiple game-winning RBI and runs scored this season: Lotoszynski (five and two), freshman Alyse Rojas (four and three), Leon (two and seven), and Riley Siegel (four and two). The Aggies’ 1-0 win at Cal Poly marked the fifth time that UC Davis has scored the eventual game-winning run in the first inning, while the Aggies have scored their game-winning run in the fifth-inning or later 10 times overall.

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