Review Category : Sports

UC Davis softball splits in midweek matchup

After falling in their first two games versus Cal State Fullerton in a doubleheader on May 3, the UC Davis softball team answered back and defeated the always solid Titans in a 9-6 victory on May 4. Hoping to use that momentum, the Aggies took on Saint Mary’s in a midweek doubleheader matchup on May 7. Coming into the games, the Gaels sat at 15-27 overall as the Aggies held an 18-31 record on the year. The first game in the non-conference match went in UC Davis‘ favor, as they took down Saint Mary’s, 3-2. Several players stood out in that first game on the day. Establishing herself as one of the top hurlers for the Aggies, freshman standout Dana Cruse went six innings giving up only two hits and two earned runs. She recorded four walks and four strikeouts, leading the Aggies to the victory. Sophomore Leah Munden then came into the game to close it out, giving up no hits and no walks, throwing a clean inning, facing... ...

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Aggies pick up rare series win against Cal State Northridge

After a span in which the Aggies lost 11 of 14 games and fell into the cellar of the Big West Conference, the team responded with a rare series victory over the Cal State Northridge Matadors from May 2 to May 4. The Aggies (19-25, 5-13 Big West) moved up one spot in the Big West standings, from ninth (last place) to eighth. On May 2, the Aggies opened up the series with a 13-6 loss to the Matadors (5-10, 17-30). UC Davis put together 13 hits — eight of them doubles — but its pitching was not strong enough to pull out the win. Five Aggies recorded two hits, and junior right fielder John Williams — one of the five with two hits — led the way with two RBI. Senior right-hander Harry Stanwyck (2-6) didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, giving up 10 hits and nine earned runs in just four innings. The Aggies finally pulled out a win on May 3, as their bats came... ...

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UC Davis softball blasts Titans to avoid sweep

The UC Davis softball team struggled early in the weekend series against the Cal State Fullerton Titans, dropping both games of their May 3 doubleheader, 5-4 and 10-5 respectively. However, UC Davis avoided the sweep and defeated Cal State Fullerton 9-6, on the series finale. After trailing the Titans 3-0, the Aggies managed to score eight runs in two innings to gain the lead. The rally began as sophomore Christina Guidry blasted a home run over the left field wall, which brought in her sister, sophomore Cat Guidry, who had singled in the previous at-bat. “I knew I made solid contact when I hit the ball, I had no idea it would land on the other side of the fence,” Christina said. “When I turned second, I saw my teammates circle the plate and could not contain myself when I scored.” UC Davis continued to hit the ball well in the fourth inning where they scored six runs. Leadoff hitter, freshman Lauryn Saunders hit an opposite side home run over... ...

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UC Davis men’s golf team lands bid at Regionals

After a one-year hiatus, the UC Davis men’s golf team is back in the NCAA Regional tournament. The Aggies heard about their at-large bid after it was announced on the Golf Channel early on May 5. UC Davis knew that they had a great shot at getting into the tournament, especially after winning the El Macero Classic and finishing second in the Big West tournament. The Aggies were also ranked No. 62 in the nation. Eighty-one teams were selected for the NCAA tournament. On May 15, the Aggies will head to Auburn, Ala. to compete in the regional round. They will face competitors like No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Virginia Tech, and No. 13 Texas. Resident Big West champion senior Matt Hansen didn’t seem worried about making it into the tournament. “I knew where our ranking was and I wasn’t too worried,” Hansen said. “Because of where our ranking was, we would have to be really unlucky to not get in.” Hansen represents the Aggies’ best hope for a victory... ...

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Men’s golf takes second in shortened Big West Tournament

Threatened by winds reaching 40 miles per hour, the third day of the men’s golf Big West Tournament was canceled, leaving the Aggies with a second place finish. UC Davis was led by senior Matt Hansen, who built on a victory in the El Macero Classic by taking first place honors. Hansen ended the two days of play eight under par, led by 12 birdies and just four bogies. He finished with an impressive five-shot lead over the second place finisher. The individual win gave Hansen three for his impressive career as an Aggie. “That was an absolutely dominant performance,” said head coach Cy Williams. “I’m very proud what he’s done the last two weeks. He’s really put the team on his shoulders.” The Aggies’ first day was led by a strong 5-under 67 by Hansen as well as a 2-under 70 by freshman Nicholas Noya who finished the day tied for fourth place. Noya, like Hansen, is coming off of an extremely strong performance in the El Macero Classic.... ...

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UC Davis softball nabs two more wins in Big West play

After dropping two games to UC Santa Barbara in league play and a mid-week loss to Pacific on April 23, the UC Davis softball team was in dire need of a couple of wins. They would have their chance this past weekend, April 26 and April 27, when they faced UC Riverside in a three-game Big West Conference series at home on La Rue Field. April 26 was a solid day for the Aggies, as they took on the Highlanders in a doubleheader, winning both games, 3-0 and 4-1. Unfortunately, the athletes were unable to snag a sweep from UC Riverside, as they dropped their last matchup  on April 27, 8-2. However, with two of three wins on the weekend, UC Davis betters its conference record to 6-9, and their overall record to 17-29. Securing those two wins on April 26 was a team effort, as multiple players flashed their skills defensively, on the mound and at the plate. First up on the mound for the Aggies was freshman standout... ...

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The Gould standard

The offense shined during the spring scrimmage as the Aggies closed out their spring football practice. Incoming senior London Lacy led all quarterbacks with 280 passing yards and two touchdown receptions. Lacy is battling with sophomore Ben Scott and senior Turner Baty for the starting position next year. “Overall, I thought the offense did really well. We came out and started pretty fast and executed,” Lacy said. “I give thanks to my o-line and my receivers and running backs for just being there and executing for me. The defense gave us a lot of good looks but overall I thought it was a good day.” Lacy and the offense found rhythm early on, scoring a total of five touchdowns. The offense’s first play was an 11-yard pass to senior wideout T.J. King. King stood out in his performance and led all receivers with 83 yards and one touchdown in five receptions. The running game also triumphed over the defense, gaining 172 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Senior fullback Dalton Turay... ...

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Aggies continue free-fall against UC Irvine

After the UC Davis baseball team broke a four-game losing streak with win over Saint Mary’s on April 22, the team seemed poised to emerge out of its midseason funk. However, the Aggies’ tailspin picked up right where it left off before the Saint Mary’s game, as they were swept by first-place UC Irvine on April 26 and April 27. The Aggies have now lost seven of eight, and they have won just three times in their last 14 games. The UC Davis weekend MVP was the weather, which caused the April 25 series opener to be rained out. The teams then played a doubleheader on April 26. UC Davis (17-23, 3-12 Big West) was actually set to win the morning game, as senior Harry Stanwyck pitched a gem. The right-hander allowed just four hits and an earned run over eight dominant innings, striking out six. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, and he left the game in the ninth with a runner on and the Aggies up... ...

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UC Davis falls to UC Santa Barbara in Big West Quarterfinals

By finishing fourth in the conference standings, UC Davis was slotted to face the fifth-seeded UC Santa Barbara in its opening matches at the Big West women’s tennis championship on April 25. The Gauchos started off strong and recorded three straight sets to post a 4-0 victory over the Aggies. It was the second time in recent history that UC Davis faced UC Santa Barbara at Indian Wells in quarterfinals; in the 2010 tournament, the Gauchos defeated the Aggies by the score of 4-1. This time, much like the last time the two teams faced off, UC Santa Barbara once again was victorious against UC Davis. UC Santa Barbara set the tone early into the game. In the first doubles match, the Gauchos posted a lopsided 8-1 victory over the pairing of freshman Samantha Martino and sophomore Tiffany Pham. Although down 4-1 in their second doubles game, the Aggies rallied back from the early deficit. The duo of seniors Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa defeated the Gaucho’s pair of Priscilla... ...

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UC Davis softball fails to halt Pacific’s hot bats

UC Davis softball took on Pacific in a mid-week non-conference game on April 23 in Stockton, Calif. Unfortunately, the results did not end in the Aggies’ favor. Although the athletes were able to post up a strong three-run third inning to tie the game at 3-3, it would not be enough as the Tigers answered back, and ended up on top with a 10-4 victory. After falling in two of the past three Big West conference games versus UC Santa Barbara on April 18 and April 19, UC Davis looked to turn their luck around versus Pacific.  However, three errors for UC Davis and hot bats from Pacific made that a challenge for the Aggies. Some positives can still be taken from the match-up. Several UC Davis players continued to display their skills out on the diamond. Sophomore shortstop Christa Castello went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, putting her season batting average at .279. Sophomore Cat Guidry also posted one hit on the day, along with one RBI and one... ...

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Hot pitching leads UC Davis to victory against Gaels

Coming off a rough week, which included losses to Sacramento State and a series sweep on the the road against UC Riverside, UC Davis snapped a four-game losing streak against the Saint Mary’s Gaels. Redshirt sophomore, right-handed pitcher Max Corby (1-3, 4.80 ERA) pitched a gem for the UC Davis Aggies, striking out 11 of 26 batters faced. Corby only allowed one run and one hit throughout seven innings. Although Corby did not record the win, he led the Aggies to the win that broke a four-game losing streak. Without two of their best hitters in the lineup, seniors Adam Young and Steven Patterson, UC Davis still managed to get on base early. The Aggies threatened to score early in the first inning after junior Kevin Barker hit a line drive down the center field gap and sophomore Tanner Bily and redshirt junior Tino Lipson walked. UC Davis, however, failed to score with bases loaded as senior Spencer Brann grounded out the Gaels’ second baseman. Saint Mary’s took a 1-0... ...

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Softball loses rubber match against Gauchos

The Aggies came into the weekend series against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos with a bit of confidence. After two wins in the weekend series against Cal Poly over the April 12 to 13 weekend, UC Davis hoped to maintain its winning ways against the Gauchos. However, the Gauchos were able to get an early start in the series, going up 2-0 by the third inning of the first game. The Aggies would not accept defeat though, as they went off for a monstrous five-run fourth inning. The bottom of the fourth was led off by UC Davis’ junior first baseman Amy Nunez’s homer to right field, her third of the season. Right after, sophomore designated player Kelly Zboralske hit her sixth home run of the year to left center, tying the game at 2-2. Zboralske continued to prove that she is the Aggies’ best offensive option. Her .317 batting average, six home runs and 21 RBI leads the team. The power hitting of Nunez and Zboralske opened the floodgates... ...

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UC Davis women’s tennis team enters Big West tournament

The UC Davis Aggies gained an early 1-0 lead against the San Jose State Spartans by winning two straight doubles matches on April 19. However, UC Davis was not able to keep up the torrid pace and the Spartans won four straight singles matches, defeating UC Davis 4-3 in their last game of the regular season. The game started tough for the Aggies. They lost in their first doubles, 8-1, but soon they bounced back and took the other two doubles matches. This gave them a 1-0 lead in team points. In the last doubles, seniors Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa defeated their counterparts, 8-6. This match was the last regular season doubles match for their college careers. In singles matches, San Jose State’s Julianna Bacelar defeated senior Nicole Koehly in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and the Spartans tied the team points at 1-1. Freshman Kamila Kecki helped the Aggies regain their lead by beating her opponent in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, putting UC Davis up to 2-1 lead in... ...

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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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