Review Category : Sports

UC Davis men’s golf takes first in El Macero Classic

Just a week removed from a fifth place finish at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, the UC Davis men’s golf team took first place honors at the El Macero Classic, played on their home golf course. The Aggies were led by senior Matt Hansen, who won the individual first place trophy. UC Davis led the tournament from the first round, squeaking by Cal State Fullerton for a two-stroke lead after the end of play on April 18. Senior Joshua Granger led UC Davis with an outstanding 5-under 67, two shy of the individual lead. He was helped by a clean round in which he shot no bogeys. Sophomore Luke Vivolo shot a 2-under 70 to add to the lead, while Hansen finished at an even 72. The second day saw the Aggies significantly widen their lead, jumping a full 18 strokes ahead of second-place Cal State Fullerton. Vivolo led the way after scoring three birdies on the front nine, finishing at a 4-under 68. Hansen, meanwhile, placed himself in contention for... ...

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Highlanders hand Aggies three-game sweep

After taking two of three against a decent Long Beach State team a week prior, the UC Davis baseball team lost all its momentum in Riverside over the weekend, getting swept by UC Riverside from April 17 to April 19. The Aggies fell to 16-20 (3-9 Big West) on the year, while UCR improved 17-18 (6-3). UC Davis now resides in the Big West cellar, tied for last in the conference with Hawai’i. In the series opener on April 17, the teams combined for 21 runs and 32 hits, but the Aggies fell just short, losing 12-9. Junior center fielder Kevin Barker was the star of this one for UC Davis, as he collected five hits and scored two runs in the losing effort. Senior Harry Stanwyck (2-5) started on the mound for the Aggies, but the lanky right-hander was shelled early, allowing seven earned runs on five hits and four walks in an inning and two-third. The Aggie bats came to life in the top of the sixth. In... ...

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Aggies crowned champions of Big West

The UC Davis women’s golf team continued their outstanding spring season by outplaying the rest of the field and scoring a victory in the Big West Championship. The Aggies came into the tournament fresh off of one of their worst finishes of the season, 11th place at the PING/ASU Invitational. Still, the tournament provided great practice as UC Davis faced off against 11 other Top-50 teams, managing to tie No. 5 Oklahoma and beat No. 12 Vanderbilt by 12 strokes. In the Big West Championship, the Aggies were led by junior Beverly Vatananugulkit and sophomore Betty Chen, both of whom placed in the top 10. Vatananugulkit paced the squad on the first day, shooting a one-under 72 to lead the individual field. Freshman Paige Lee, junior Blair Lewis and Chen all shot 74s, allowing the Aggies a comfortable 10-stroke lead over second place Long Beach State. The second day saw the Aggies continue to maintain their dominance as they kept the lead, with Cal State Northridge jumping into the second... ...

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Women’s lacrosse drops two to conference powerhouses Oregon, Stanford

With the 2014 season quickly drawing to a close, UC Davis women’s lacrosse took on Oregon and Stanford this past week, with both games unfortunately ending unfavorably for the Aggies. The athletes first traveled to Eugene, Ore. for a single conference game on April 13. Although the Aggies fought hard, the Ducks were too much for the team, as they fell to Oregon 8-4. However, several highlights can still be taken away from the game. Four of UC Davis’ players added to their overall goals scored this season. Junior Elizabeth Landry, senior Carly Voris, sophomore Mary Doyle and sophomore Courtney Neff each found the back of the net during the April 13 matchup. On the other end of the field, senior Jordan Majka flashed her skills in front of goal, tallying seven saves on the day. With that win Oregon bettered their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference record to 4-1 and the Aggies fell to 1-5. In hopes of bouncing back from that hard loss, UC Davis then traveled to... ...

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Hornets sting Aggies with Causeway Classic loss

UC Davis men’s baseball (16-17 overall, 3-6 in Big West conference) lost to their non-conference rival, the Sacramento State Hornets (22-14 overall, 10-2 in Western Athletic conference) at Dobbins Baseball Complex in Davis, Calif. on April 15. The Hornets took advantage of the poor pitching performance by the UC Davis Aggies. UC Davis went through six different pitchers, including three in the fourth inning. Sophomore Max Cordy (1-3, 6.39 ERA) got the start for the Aggies but struggled to find the strike zone as he gave up three hits and one walk in the first inning. The Hornets’ leadoff hitter, Nathan Lukes, was able to single off Cordy in only the third pitch, and Kyle Moses, singled through the left side of the infield. Cordy redeemed himself by striking out Rhys Hoskins with a fastball. Hoskins is the Hornet’s best hitter, averaging .363 this year. Cordy then walked Sacramento’s David Del Grande. With the bases loaded, the Hornets’ left-handed hitter, Will Soto, made it to first base on a fielder’s... ...

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Aggies take two of three from Big West foe Long Beach State

After a disheartening loss at Stanford on April 8, the UC Davis baseball team could have withered against a middling Long Beach State team at home. Instead, the Aggies rebounded with a resounding series win against Long Beach State from April 11 to 13. UC Davis took two of three over the 49ers in a series marked by both dominant pitching and outstanding hitting. In the series opener on April 11, the Aggies (16-16, 3-6 Big West) busted out the bats, pounding out a season-high 18 hits en route to a 7-5 victory. Long Beach State (16-18, 3-3), who had beaten the Aggies in four straight meetings, kept the game close, exchanging leads with UC Davis throughout. Eight Aggies recorded hits, and senior Steven Patterson, junior Nick Lynch and senior Spencer Brann had three hits apiece. Junior right-hander Raul Jacobson (3-0) picked up the win, tossing 2.1 innings of hitless relief, and freshman closer Zach Stone picked up his eighth save of the season. On April 12, the two teams... ...

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UC Davis softball dominates Mustangs once again

The Aggies came into the weekend looking for momentum. After a bumbling 1-5 start to Big West play, UC Davis looked to rebound against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Historically, the Aggies have had the Mustangs’ number, evidenced by the four-game win streak UC Davis held coming into the April 12 doubleheader. The Aggies once again came out strong against the Mustangs. In the first game of the doubleheader, freshman pitcher Dana Cruse pitched a solid six innings and only gave up two earned runs. Cruse pitched three shutout innings early on and after giving up two runs in the fourth inning, pitched another two shutout innings. UC Davis got on the scoreboard first, with a double into center field by freshman catcher Lauryn Saunders in the fourth inning, which brought home junior first baseman Amy Nunez. This was followed up by a double by senior second baseman Chandler Wagner, which brought home Saunders, giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead. However, UC Davis got tagged for two runs in the bottom... ...

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Cal Poly edges UC Davis, 4-3

UC Davis men’s tennis team was unable to overcome an early deficit to the Cal Poly Mustangs as the Aggies suffered a 4-3 loss on April 12 at the Mustang Courts in San Luis Obispo, Calif. UC Davis finished its last road trip for the season with two losses, taking its record to 13-11 overall, 2-3 in conference play. With the win, the Mustangs moved to third place in the Big West standings with a 3-1 record and are 8-12 overall. Cal Poly started off strong by winning two doubles matches straight, giving it an early 1-0 lead in team points. Afterward, in singles, senior Kyle Miller won the first set, but the Mustangs’ Jurgen De Jager rallied back, winning the match 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, putting Cal Poly up to 2-0 in team points. After losing three consecutive matches, the Aggies finally rallied to tie the Mustangs in team points with back-to-back wins by sophomore Brett Bacharach and freshman James Wade, both of them coming back from first-set losses to... ...

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UC Davis men’s tennis wins; women’s streak ends

UC Davis men’s tennis defeated Air Force, 4-3, in their last home tournament of the year on March 5. Heading into the weekend, the Aggies were recovering from their eighth loss of the year against Hawai’i on March 1. After losing two of three doubles matches, UC Davis was able to rally its way to victory by taking four of the six singles matches. Senior Kyle Miller led the Aggies with a singles victory against the Falcon’s Jack McCullers in two sets, 6-2, 7-6. UC Davis improved to 13-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play as it travels down south to UC Santa Barbara to face the lowly Gauchos, who are 7-12 this season. The Gauchos, however, are undefeated in conference play, 2-0. The Aggies hope to finish the regular season strong as they head into the last two tournaments before the Big West tournament on April 24. The UC Davis women’s tennis team saw its six-game winning streak snapped by the streaking UC Irvine Anteaters, 4-1. The Aggies now... ...

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Aggie softball falls to Northridge

After April showers postponed UC Davis softball’s season opener against Long Beach State, the Aggies looked to turn their luck around when they traveled to Northridge, Calif. to take on Cal State Northridge in the next three games of Big West conference play. The Aggies dropped all three games to Long Beach in the season opening series at home in Davis, Calif., and looked to put some much needed wins on the board versus the Matadors. Unfortunately, the athletes were unable to come away with the series, but they did snag one win from Northridge, putting their current conference record at 1-5. Northridge came into the series with an overall record of 23-13 and 1-2 in the Big West. In the series opener on April 5, the Aggies were unable to wake up the bats as the Matadors recorded their first win at home versus the Aggies since 2010. After falling 5-1 in the weekend opener, UC Davis still had plenty of softball to play as the teams began their... ...

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Gymnastics finishes fifth in NCAA Regional

UC Davis women’s gymnastics placed fifth among six teams at the NCAA Fayetteville Region Championship at Barnhill Arena on April 5. It was the first time the Aggies competed as a team in the NCAA postseason for gymnastics since 1998. The Aggies started the meet slow, scoring 47.850 on beam. Sophomore Stephanie Stamates posted a team-high 9.725, followed by a 9.700 from sophomore Dani Judal and a 9.600 from senior Madeline Kennedy. With 47.850, UC Davis placed fifth on beam, while UCLA and Utah tied for first with 49.200. However, UC Davis rallied back in the third rotation on floor exercise, scoring 48.825 with a 9.859 team-high score again from Stamates. Junior Kala DeFrancesco continued her good form and finished with a 9.800 on floor, followed by a 9.750 from junior Tiana Montell. UCLA finished with a season-best 49.925 on floor exercise. The Aggies continued their momentum on vault and finished with a 48.600. Senior Anna Shumaker hit a team-high 9.825, and it was her last performance of her collegiate... ...

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Column: The love of the game

Since Little League, Pop Warner and youth basketball leagues, many of us learn that we should play “for the love of the game.” This phrase has been ingrained into many a young athlete. We train, we eat right, we share the ball because it’s “the right way.” In many ways, I don’t disagree with this philosophy. To me, the team basketball of Wisconsin was a much better viewing experience than the isolation, me-first offense of Kentucky. I love the life lessons former UCLA coaching legend John Wooden imparted on his players to help them both on and off the court. In short: I am a firm believer in playing sports “for the love of the game.” Yet, I strongly disagree with the use of this phrase as a reason for why college athletes should not get fairly compensated for their work. Playing “for the love of the game” is not the same as being free labor for a corporation which makes millions off of the hard work. According to a... ...

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Aggies’ golf teams finish strong in weekend tournaments

The No. 37 ranked UC Davis women’s golf team faced off with 14 other teams from around the nation at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Maui, Hawai’i from March 24 to March 26. The Aggies came into the weekend on a hot streak after performing admirably in their last three tournaments, placing second, sixth, and second respectively. Through 18 holes, UC Davis held fourth place with a 10-over 288, led by sophomore Betty Chen who held a share of the individual lead after shooting a two-under 70. Chen continued her dominance in the second round, scoring an even round of 72 while dropping one place in the standings. Junior Beverly Vatananugulkit scored a 75 on the round, bringing her to a tie for No. 27, allowing the Aggies to slip into third place. UC Davis held on through the final 18 holes, finishing the weekend in third place. Chen impressed once again, scoring a one-under 71 to take second place. Vatananugulkit shot a 77 on the day, while finishing... ...

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Spring showers delay UC Davis softball

Teams: UC Davis; Saint Mary’s Records: Aggies: 11-22 (0-3); Gaels: 12-17 (0-0) Where: La Rue Field — Davis, Calif. When: Saint Mary’s: TBA Who to Watch:   With Winter Quarter and tournament season finally behind them, UC Davis softball was ready to come home after being on the road since mid-February, playing their last 17 games away from Davis, Calif. In preparation for their league opener against always solid Long Beach State, the Aggies were scheduled to take on Saint Mary’s in a doubleheader March 26. However, Mother Nature had different plans. With a mid-week downpour, the games versus the Gaels were postponed, with the reschedule date still undecided. Unable to have the opportunity to shake off some of the rust after their long stint away, the athletes then had to face the 49ers in now their first games back on the field after a long period away. Coming into their Big West League opener versus Long Beach State, several players who performed well throughout February and March are expected... ...

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Mustangs trample all over Aggies

Following a season-high four-game win streak stretching from March 15 to March 25, the UC Davis baseball team was on a roll, matching dominant pitching with timely hitting. However, the Aggies saw their streak and momentum disappear over the weekend of March 28 in San Luis Obispo, getting swept by Cal Poly. The three-game series was both teams’ first in Big West play, and Cal Poly (23-4, 3-0), currently ranked fifth in the country, lived up to its billing by thoroughly overwhelming the Aggies (12-12, 0-3). In the series opener on March 28 at Baggett Stadium, the Mustangs jumped all over UC Davis starter senior Harry Stanwyck for seven runs in the first inning, essentially putting the game out of reach from the outset, en route to an 8-0 shutout victory. The right-hander faced 12 batters and allowed six hits in the first inning alone, although he did regroup to complete three more innings and save the Aggie bullpen from having to burn itself out. In four innings, Stanwyck allowed... ...

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