Review Category : Sports

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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UC Davis suffers loss in first conference match of season

UC Davis women’s water polo team fell to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos by the score of 7-4 in their first Big West match of the season on March 29. After the loss, UC Davis slipped to 11-12 overall records and 0-1 in conference play. Although the Aggies lost to the Gauchos at the UCI Invitational women’s water polo tournament on Feb. 22 by the score of 11-9, this game seemed to be an even matchup since UC Davis is ranked 15th in the National Collegiate polls while UC Santa Barbara is ranked 16th. In the first quarter, the Gauchos came out in full force as Samantha Murphy scored the first 6-on-5 goal during a power-play with 7:24 to play. Three minutes later, UC Santa Barbara’s Bryn Hudson followed by scoring another 6-on-5 goal to give the Gauchos a 2-0 lead. The Aggies were finally able to get on the board two minutes before ending in the first half when sophomore center Allyson Hansen scored a power-play goal, assisted by... ...

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UC Davis tennis plays well in weekend tournaments

UC Davis men’s tennis has been surging as of late, and their latest victory came on March 30 against UC Irvine, 6-1. With this win, the Aggies now have a 12-7 overall record and a 2-0 conference record. UC Davis only lost twice in March, those losses coming against Fresno State and Nevada. UC Davis won two of three doubles matches before the third match was left unfinished due to rain. The winning continued for the Aggies as they won six of seven singles matches. In his victory, freshman Alec Adamson (20-8) became the third Aggie to win 20 matches. The only loss came against UC Irvine’s Tyler Pham who defeated senior Kyle Miller. Miller struggled and lost in two sets, 6-1, 6-1. This was the only point that UC Irvine was able to earn in singles. UC Davis men’s tennis will now face Hawai’i on April 1 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in Davis, Calif. UC Davis women’s tennis won their fifth straight on March 30 against the... ...

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49ers strike gold as they sweep Aggies in weekend series

The Aggies had a rough start to conference play, getting swept by the Long Beach State 49ers. They started their series against the 49ers with a doubleheader on March 30. This was a long day for UC Davis as the 49ers clearly had the Aggies’ number. In the first game of the doubleheader, the 49ers were led by shortstop Shayna Kimbrough and second baseman Cya Neal. Kimbrough went 2-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Neal went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. The Aggies simply could not stop the 49ers’ batting order; starting pitcher freshman Dana Cruse only went 3.1 innings and gave up four earned runs. Sophomore Leah Munden came in to relieve Cruse and fared no better, giving up four runs — though none of those were earned — in two innings pitched. Besides the lack of ability to stop the 49er bats, the Aggies’ bats were silent, struggling to even get hits against Long Beach State’s Erin Jones-Wesley. Jones-Wesley was stellar against the... ...

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Female Athlete of the Quarter: Megan Heneghan

“She’s probably the best player I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been here 19 years,” women’s tennis head coach Bill Maze said. Senior Megan Heneghan’s 7-4 match record in singles matches this quarter, not including an unfinished match that she was leading by a set, seems to match the statement made by her coach. All of her matches have all come at the number one position, meaning that she faced the top player from the opposing team every time she stepped on the court in singles, making her record all the more impressive. Heneghan backed her strong singles play up with impressive doubles results as well. Partnering mainly with senior Melissa Kobayakawa, Heneghan boasts a 9-3 doubles record for the quarter, giving her team a chance to win the crucial doubles point virtually every time she took the court. The women’s tennis team now has a 6-6 dual match record through this quarter, and Heneghan’s impact is clear to see. Besides the positive statistical results, the rest of the team receives... ...

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