Review Category : Softball

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Event: Fresno State Kick-off Teams: UC Davis vs. Southern Miss.; vs. Fresno State; vs. UTEP; vs. Southern Miss.; vs. Sacramento State Records: Aggies (0-0); Golden Eagles (0-0); Bulldogs (0-0); Miners (0-0); Hornets (0-0) Where: Bulldog Stadium — Fresno, CA When: Friday at 9 a.m.; Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Sunday at 11:15 p.m.and 1:30 p.m. Who to watch: When Shakespeare wrote the words, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” little did he know that the phrase would apply to sophomore pitcher Justine Vela. Last year, the 5’5” freshman sensation grabbed numerous honors, highlighted by the title of Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year, and Big West Pitcher of the Year. After her freshman season, Vela became the queen of the pitcher’s circle with 272 strikeouts on the year, placing her third in all-time strikeout totals in UC Davis history. By the end of the season, Vela boasted a 20-17 record complete with nine shutouts, and even a no-hitter against Idaho State. Vela will not only... ...

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UC Davis finishes third in Big West Conference

The exciting 2012 UC Davis softball campaign, which was highlighted by an upset over No. 8 Stanford as well as a lengthy battle for the conference championship, came to an end this weekend. Although they were unable to achieve their dream of claiming a piece of the Big West regular season championship, the Aggies made it a season and weekend to remember with two strong victories against Cal State Fullerton. Similar to the entire season, the final series of the year was an entire team effort as every starter recorded a hit or an RBI over the weekend. On the mound, freshman Justine Vela, who started all three games, ended her extraordinary first season with two complete-game victories. With her strong weekend performances, Vela finished first in the Big West with the lowest conference ERA (0.95) and most strikeouts (272). The Aggies finished with a final record of 24-28 and 14-7 in Big West Conference play. UC Davis came in just two games behind eventual Big West Champion Long Beach... ...

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Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton Records: Aggies, 22-27 (12-6); Titans 19-29 (7-11) Where: Anderson Family Field — Fullerton, Calif. When: Friday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday at noon Who to watch: Kelly Harman, a former Big West Conference Freshman Field Player of the Year and All-Big West Honorable Mention, will possibly be playing her final games as an Aggie this weekend. The senior from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. has displayed her offensive prowess all season long, leading the team with 18 runs scored and a .399 on-base percentage. With a team-high of 23 walks, Harman maintains a composure at the plate and stands among the best in the league. Her patience and leadership will be critical this weekend for the Aggies if they hope to extend their chances of winning the league title. Did you know? After sweeping Cal State Fullerton in resounding fashion last weekend, Big West Conference leader Long Beach State holds a 14-4 conference record and leads UC Davis by two games with three... ...

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Aggies top Tigers

In the biggest series of the season, the Aggies, who came in to the three-game battle just one game behind first place teams Long Beach State and Pacific, seized two crucial victories against the Tigers to temporarily grab first place in the Big West Conference. The weekend series win in Stockton was marked by strong offensive performances, especially from UC Davis senior leaders Kelly Harman and Rachel Miller. Additionally, freshman Justine Vela pitched well against the powerful bats of now 33-18 (12-6) Pacific as she rose to the challenge of pitching all but three innings over the weekend due to an injury to fellow starter junior Jessica Thweatt. In her 17 innings pitched against the Tigers, Vela gave up only three earned runs and added 25 strikeouts to her league-leading total. With the series win the Aggies are now 22-27 on the season and 12-6 in Big West play with just one regular season series remaining. Friday — UC Davis 6, Pacific 4 Understanding the magnitude of the series, senior... ...

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Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific Records: Aggies, 20-26 (10-5); Tigers 32-16 (11-4) Where: Bill Simoni Field — Stockton, Calif. When: Friday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m. Who to watch: Rachel Miller is making the most of her final season at UC Davis. The senior catcher from Costa Mesa, Calif. continues to lead the Aggie offense with 30 hits on the year along with her team-high 21 runs batted in. In relation to her Big West Conference counterparts, Miller’s offensive numbers demonstrate why she is one of the top catchers in the league. Miller’s four doubles in league play are the second most in conference, while her two sacrifice flies tie her for the regular season lead. To have a shot at this year’s conference championship, UC Davis will need Miller to continue to make big contributions to its offense. Did you know? UC Davis trails Big West leaders Long Beach State and University of Pacific by only one game. The 49ers, with an 11-4 conference... ...

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UC Davis stays on conference title track

In front of a large crowd, the Aggies – in their final home series of the season – won two of three games against the now-24-28 (9-6) UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. UC Davis 20-26 (10-5), which came into the weekend in a four-way tie for first place in the Big West Conference, now trails California State University, Long Beach and University of Pacific by just one game for the league lead with six games left in the season. The Aggies took the first two games of the series thanks to fantastic play by junior Kelly Schulze, who drove in four runs off of three hits in Saturday’s two games. Starting pitchers freshman Justine Vela and junior Jessica Tweatt also gave great performances on the mound, combining for 35 strikeouts and only seven runs allowed in the weekend’s games. With Sunday’s game being the final home contest of the season, seniors Kylie Fan, Kelly Harman, Rachel Miller, Heather Zimmerman and Allison Smith were honored before the game in front of their... ...

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Teams: UC Davis vs. No. 19 Stanford; at UC Santa Barbara Records: Aggies, 18-25 (8-4); Cardinal 32-16; Gauchos 23-26 (8-4) Where: Smith Family Stadium — Stanford, Calif.; LaRue Field When: Today at 6 p.m.; Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Despite getting just one hit in the weekend series against Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, junior JJ Wagoner is providing solid offense for the Aggies this season. The outfielder from Napa, Calif. is hitting .275, has the second-highest batting average of all UC Davis starters and has a hit in eight of the last 10 games. Wagoner is also one of the most composed players at the plate as she has struck out just eight times this year — tied for the lowest amount by any starter. “She’s been working extremely hard,” said Head Coach Karen Yoder. “And it’s always nice to see when a player puts in the hard work and sees results.” Production from upperclassmen like Wagoner will be critical when the... ...

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Aggies gallop past Cal Poly

After losing possession of first place following last week’s series against Long Beach State, UC Davis, which holds a 18-25 (8-4) record, is now back in command and in the Big West Conference championship hunt. With two impressive shutout victories against the now-12-28 (4-8) Cal Poly Mustangs, the Aggies find themselves in a four-way tie for first place in the conference with nine Big West games left in the season. Starting freshman pitcher Justine Vela continued her extraordinary first-year campaign, totaling 19 strikeouts and allowing zero runs in her two weekend victories. Vela kept Cal Poly’s batters off balance all series long, surrendering only five hits in her 14 innings of work. In the Aggies’ loss, junior Jessica Thweatt also pitched well as she struck out seven and gave up only two earned runs in over four innings pitched. Unfortunately, the Mustangs would score three unearned runs in their 7-2 win, as four defensive errors crippled UC Davis. Saturday — UC Davis 4, Cal Poly 0 UC Davis got off... ...

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Teams: UC Davis at Cal Poly Records: Aggies, 16-24 (6-3); Mustangs 11-26 (3-6) Where: Bob Janssen Field — San Luis Obispo, Calif. When: Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon Who to watch: After having some tough starts in preseason competition, junior starting pitcher Jessica Thweatt is having a fantastic season. In the Sacramento native’s last five appearances, she has averaged more than a strikeout per inning and has posted a 2.76 ERA. Thweatt was locked in during the weekend series against Long Beach State, shutting out the 49ers through six innings in the Aggies’ 3-0 loss before earning a save in the Aggies’ 3-1 victory on Sunday. “Her ball was just moving and dancing,” said Head Coach Karen Yoder. “I complimented her in front of the whole team [following the win].” Did you know? The Aggies are in a three-way tie for second place in the Big West Conference. UC Davis, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara — all with 6-3 conference records — trail first-place University of Pacific by one game. The conference season... ...

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Aggies cool down after hot conference start

120417_sp_SoftballRecap Edit: RT JC Notes: Headline: Aggies cool down after hot conference start Layercake: UC Davis wins one of three against Long Beach State   By DOUG BONHAM Aggie Sports Writer   Entering this weekend’s home series in sole possession of first place in the Big West Conference, UC Davis was slowed down by the great pitching of Long Beach State. Despite dropping the first two games of the series to the 18-21 (6-3) 49ers, the now-16-24 (6-3) UC Davis pulled out a big victory on Sunday to keep within one game of new conference leader University of Pacific. The series opener was plagued with defensive mistakes as four errors by the Aggies led to three unearned runs and a two-run loss to Long Beach State. UC Davis settled down after the opener, and the second game featured a fantastic battle with last year’s Big West Conference pitcher of the year, 49er Erin Jones-Wesley. The Long Beach State ace outlasted Aggie junior Jessica Thweatt in the 3-0 pitchers’ duel. The... ...

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Teams: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State Records: Aggies, 15-22 (5-1); 49ers 16-20 (4-2) Where: LaRue Field When: Saturday at noon and 2 p.m.; Sunday at noon Who to watch: Freshman starting pitcher Justine Vela is coming off a huge week after allowing only one run in 20 innings pitched against UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. With these performances, the Bakersfield, Calif. native was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. Vela, with her 2.71 ERA, has the third-best earned run average in the Big West out of pitchers who have thrown over 100 innings. “She is a huge impact on our pitching staff,” Coach Karen Yoder said. “Anytime that you can have 24 strikeouts in two games … [it] definitely puts us in a position to be successful.” Did you know? UC Davis ranks first in the Big West in striking out opponents with 279 on the year, or an average of 7.5 strikeouts per game. Both Vela and junior starting pitcher Jessica Thweatt have been successful... ...

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Aggies roll through Northridge

After a difficult preseason schedule where they played six top-25 teams, the Aggies have exploded into conference play. With three wins against Cal State Northridge over the weekend, UC Davis moved into first place in the Big West Conference with a 5-1 conference record and a 15-22 record overall. Starting pitchers freshman Justine Vela and junior Jessica Thweatt dominated the now 7-27 Matadors as they combined for 34 strikeouts and no runs allowed in the Aggies’ three shutout victories. On the other side, Cal State Northridge’s pitching was also outstanding. In the first two games of the series, both teams were held off the board through seven innings. Fortunately for the Aggies, clutch hitting in the eighth innings allowed UC Davis to squeak out victories. In the final game of the weekend, the Aggies were able to avoid needing late-game heroics as their three runs by the fourth inning were enough to comfortably put them ahead for the rest of the game. Friday — UC Davis 1, Cal State Northridge... ...

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Aggies roll through Northridge

After a difficult preseason schedule where they played six top-25 teams, the Aggies have exploded into conference play. With three wins against Cal State Northridge over the weekend, UC Davis moved into first place in the Big West Conference with a 5-1 conference record and a 15-22 record overall. Starting pitchers freshman Justine Vela and junior Jessica Thweatt dominated the now 7-27 Matadors as they combined for 34 strikeouts and no runs allowed in the Aggies’ three shutout victories. On the other side, Cal State Northridge’s pitching was also outstanding. In the first two games of the series, both teams were held off the board through seven innings. Fortunately for the Aggies, clutch hitting in the eighth innings allowed UC Davis to squeak out victories. In the final game of the weekend, the Aggies were able to avoid needing late-game heroics as their three runs by the fourth inning were enough to comfortably put them ahead for the rest of the game. Friday — UC Davis 1, Cal State Northridge... ...

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Column: Play ball!

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for laying out on the Quad, Picnic Day and yes, Major League Baseball. By the time this reaches print, baseball will have already gone through Opening Day (or it’s “second Opening Day” depending on your perspective), and that makes this the perfect time to explore which UC Davis teams match up with squads from the Major Leagues. Baseball: Since we’re comparing UC Davis to the MLB, it seems only natural to begin with the UC Davis baseball team. And my diagnosis will make part of this campus smile and the other parts curse in their chairs. UC Davis baseball provides a striking resemblance to the San Francisco Giants. Both teams will be carried by their pitching staffs, and just as the Giants tout the starting abilities of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, the Aggies lean heavily on Dayne Quist, Anthony Kubpens and Tom Briner. The UC Davis trio may never receive any Cy Young consideration, but if the... ...

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Teams: UC Davis at Cal State Northridge Records: Aggies, 12-22 (2-1); Matadors 7-24 (2-1) Where: Matador Diamond — Northridge, Calif. When: Friday at noon and 2:00 p.m.; Saturday at noon Who to watch: Cassandra Ginnis has needed little time to adjust to the college game. The freshman sensation ranks second on the team with 25 hits on the season, and is also tied for the team lead in runs scored with 11. The Santa Ana, Calif. native hopes to continue her success near her hometown when the Aggies travel down to Southern California to play Cal State Northridge in their second Big West Conference series of the year. “It is a really good feeling to start freshman year on the field,” Ginnis said. “Especially during conference [play].” Did you know? In the Big West Conference, Pacific is the only team to maintain a winning record after finishing pre-conference play. With the conference title up for grabs, UC Davis will certainly hope to continue the momentum from its two conference victories against UC Riverside. To do this,... ...

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