Review Category : Sport Shorts

Aggies squeeze past the Cougars, 80-75

As the Aggies (2-2) headed into Portland, Ore. for the Portland State tournament with a 1-2 record, they looked for a source of momentum to help jump start their season. The Aggies certainly found what they were looking as they managed to squeeze out a close victory against the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars (1-3) due in large part to the magnificent play of senior forward Josh Ritchart. Ritchart had a dominant game on Friday, Nov. 22. His final stat line included an impressive 35 points on 12-14 (85.7%) shooting from the field, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Ritchart’s scoring outburst was the first time that an Aggie has scored 30 points or more since junior guard Corey Hawkin’s outstanding 34-point performance against Long Beach State on national television last season. “I’m on our guys all the time about playing games the way you practice; Josh has been our best practice player, he brings it every day,” said head coach Jim Les. The Cougars came out roaring from... ...

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Aggie alum signs contract with San Francisco 49ers

The UC Davis all-time leader in gross punting average is packing his bags and heading to San Francisco. Aggie alum Colton Schmidt has just signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. He becomes the 16th UC Davis alum to be signed by an NFL team. Schmidt was one of the best punters and kickoff specialists in UC Davis history. Last season, the 5-foot-11 punter from Bakersfield averaged a school record 44.5 yards per punt. This included a monster 68-yard punt against Portland State. His 44.5 yards per punt average was sixth in the nation. Besides being the Aggies star punter, Schmidt also was their kickoff specialist. He kicked an impressive 34 of his 62 kickoffs for touchbacks. His 54.83 touchback percentage would have been sixth in the NFL this season. Schmidt was not drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. However, this was not surprising as most kickers are not drafted or are drafted late in the draft. However, the 49ers clearly admired his abilities and offered him a... ...

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Aggie Softball Ends the Season on a High Note

After an up and down season, the UC Davis softball team successfully finished on a high note as they swept Cal Poly this weekend. With two games on Friday and one Saturday, the girls were firing on all cylinders both offensively and defensively. The Aggies started game one strong, with four quick first inning runs on five hits. Freshman Cat Guidry, freshman Christa Castello and sophomore Kayla Tyler each had singles in the first inning. The addition of walks drawn by senior Kelly Schulze and freshman Christina Guidry also contributed to the big first inning. Sophomore Krista Bava scored in the bottom of the fourth and helped tack on one more insurance run for UC Davis. Not only were the Ags solid offensively, but sophomore ace Justine Vela came out for game one throwing strong. With five strikeouts in six innings, Vela had a no-hitter going into her last inning. With two outs in the sixth, her no-hitter was foiled with a hit from Cal Poly sophomore Jillian Anderson. However,... ...

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Aggies troubles continue in Irvine

By Kenneth Ling Aggie Sports Writer   The Aggies’ momentum from the four-game win streak is now over. UC Davis once again struggles to find its form, as the Aggies have now lost four games in a row, three of which come from this weekend’s sweep in Irvine. The Aggies’ first game against the Anteaters was a close battle which came down to a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Anteaters the win. UC Davis and UC Irvine were tied 4-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Starting pitcher junior Harry Stanwyck pitched a solid game, pitching 7.2 innings and only allowing four earned runs. However, the Aggies could not find the run support to gain control of the game. While junior Nick Lynch did go 3-3 on the day with one RBI, no one in the lineup could consistently drive in runs. Junior second baseman Steven Patterson, who has been on fire lately, went 1-4 on the day with no RBI. On Saturday’s game,... ...

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Women’s golf team destroy the competition in the Big West Conference

The sixteenth-ranked Aggies continue to own assert their dominance in postseason play, as four of the UC Davis women’s golf team shot the top four individual scores of the tournament. The Aggies once again claim the Big West title, the fourth straight championship they have won in a row. The play of seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton, sophomore Beverly Vantananugulkit, and freshman Andrea Wong was crucial in the Aggies’ success, as all of them shot extremely well throughout the tournament. Runas finished first overall with a score of one-under 218. She shot an impressive one-under in the first round and from there finished off the tournament going even in the final two rounds. She beat out second-place finisher, Wong, by 2 strokes. Wong, who shot one-over 220 for the tournament played a solid tournament overall. Her best round came in the final round, shooting a one-under 71. Wong beat out third-place finisher Vatanangulkit, who shot an overall score of four-over 223. Vatanangulkit, last year’s individual champion, shot an amazing... ...

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Co-Host Aggies finish second in Winchester Classic, on to Big West Championships

The UC Davis men’s golf team placed second at the Winchester Classic this past weekend behind senior Tyler Raber’s sixth place finish in its final tournament before the Big West Conference Championships. The Aggies shot an 873 total team score, a product of Raber’s 216 total and junior Jonny Baxter and freshman Ben Corfee’s 218 scores that tied them for eighth place. UC Davis also got a 17th and 30th place finish from juniors Matt Hansen and Matt Seramin, respectively, by scores of 222 and 227. Corfee shot a two-under 70 on the first day, while Raber shot even pars every round to reach his total. UC Davis came in second behind Cal State Fullerton, whose 868 score came from a clutch 286 total on the last round that boosted them over the Aggies, who put up a 295 in the final round. The Aggies turn their eyes to the Big West Conference Championships, which will take place at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif beginning... ...

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UC Davis softball dominates first game but cannot maintain hot bats throughout series

The Aggie hitters were feeling good on the first game of Saturday’s double header. They managed to score eight runs, all the while shutting out the Gauchos and winning the first game of the series, 8-0. Junior designated player Caitlin Voss drove in two RBI and scored two runs on a pair of hits for the day. She supplemented junior second baseman Chandler Wagner’s extraordinary hitting performance. Wagner drove in four RBI on two hits. UC Davis’ hot hitting was not the only story on Saturday’s first game, as sophomore pitcher Justine Vela pitched five innings of shutout ball. She struck out five batters and only allowed three hits on her way to the victory. The Aggies’ second game of the double header was another impressive pitching performance by UC Davis. However, they simply could not find the bats to give the pitchers any run support. Senior Jessica Thweatt threw six innings and only allowed a run on five hits. The brilliant performance was wasted however due to the lack... ...

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Women’s golf finishes 10th in final tune-up before Big West Championship

The UC Davis women’s golf team traveled down to Arizona for the annual PING/ASU Invitational this year for its final tournament before the conference championships, and walked away with some encouraging results. The Aggies placed 10th in the 17 team field with an overall score of 879. The Aggies’ best day came with the first round, when they shot a combined 287. UC Davis was led by the dependable senior Demi Runas, the 22nd-ranked player in the country, who finished in a tie for second. The Torrance, Calif. native shot a 209, two strokes behind the winner of the tournament. Last year, Runas shot a 212 to win the tournament, but despite her three-stroke improvement on last year’s score, she placed second behind Alabama’s Emma Talley. Sophomore Beverly Vatananugulkit followed that up with a 216 to tie for 22nd at the tournament while freshman Andrea Wong put up a strong 223 to place her in 48th place. Senior Amy Simanton recorded a 231 while sophomore Blair Lewis shot a 253.... ...

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Aggies’ bats heat up as they rally in the sixth to clinch the win

The Aggies looked like they were heading for yet another defeat. They were down 7-3 heading into the top of the 6th. UC Davis has not fared well with its back against the wall this season. However, the batting order woke up and delivered some much needed runs to gain the lead. Once the sixth inning was over, the score stood at 9-7 in the Aggies’ favor. The relief pitching also managed to pitch four shutout innings to finish off the game against a Nevada team that scored all seven of their runs in the first five innings. The Aggies’ rally started when junior shortstop Adam Young singled to third base. This was followed by a single to left field by sophomore right fielder John Williams. The Wolfpack pitchers then proceeded to load the bases and walk a run home with two consecutive walks. Eventually, with the bases loaded, junior Steven Patterson hit a two-RBI single which opened the floodgates. The awful Nevada relief pitching allowed an enormous sixth inning... ...

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