CSUN Matadors (29-21, 9-9 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (21-30, 6-12 BWC)
Friday, May 12 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 (DH) - 12 p.m.
La Rue Field (500) - Davis, Calif.
Live Stats - Fri.
Audio - Fri.
Live Stats - Sat., Gm. 1
Audio - Sat., Gm. 1
Live Stats - Sat., Gm. 2
Audio - Sat., Gm. 2
Saturday is a designated Youth Softball Weekend day. Youth softball players who wear their jersey to La Rue Field will receive free admission, and have an opportunity to participate in a post-game autograph session
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DAVIS, Calif. - The final games of the 2017 season, and a bittersweet Big West series, will take place at La Rue Field this when CSUN faces the Aggies. First pitch for Friday’s series opener is set for 3 p.m., Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. Following the final game of the weekend, UC Davis softball will honor Alexis Carney, Christa Castello, Taiya McInnes, Taylor Peters, Andrea Reynolds and Brianna Warner, the members of its six-member senior class who will make their final home appearances as an Aggie.
This year’s team will look to send its seniors out in style, and return home after an impressive series at UC Santa Barbara last weekend. In its final road series of the year, UC Davis blew out the Gauchos in the series opener, then stepped up with clutch plays in extra innings of last Saturday’s second game to win the weekend series, and collect its fifth win at UCSB in the last six head-to-head matchups.
Due to her outstanding play against the Gauchos, Warner began this week by earning Big West Player of the Week honors. The senior centerfield hit .545, posted .545 and .636 on-base and slugging percentages, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole three bases (in as many attempts) to hold the league’s top individual total.
Warner was not the only Aggie who shined in Santa Barbara because nine of the 11 position players that saw action in at least one of those three games recorded a hit; seven different players drove in a run; led by Ashley Lotoszynski and Alex Sotomayor’s three, six players scored at least one run. The Aggies were just as successful on the basepaths by swiping a bag in each of their five attempts.
Due to last week’s success, UC Davis will enter this weekend’s games with new Division I-era team records, and have a chance to set additional ones with similar results. This year’s team is now responsible for a program-high 366 hits and 12 triples, and currently holds the second-highest totals in stolen bases (74) and runs (194). Entering Friday’s series opener, the 2017 squad’s .264 batting average is a D-I era high, and can remain that way with appropriate results at the plate vs. the Matadors.
As tough as CSUN is to face on its home diamond — it won 15 of 20 games at Matador Field this season — the team has only collected seven road wins. In the first game of CSUN’s series at Cal State Fullerton last weekend, the Matadors carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 10th only to see the Titans post a walk-off victory. Saturday's doubleheader was undone by several Matador errors and the Titans captured their second-straight Big West Championship.