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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Softball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Nevada

Records: Aggies (15-13); Wolf Pack (16-8)

Where: La Rue Field

When: Today at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Who to watch: Junior center fielder Trish Paine has hit safely in each of the last nine games, batting .393 with four runs and four stolen bases in the process.

For the season, the Millikan High School product has a team-high 25 hits with 10 stolen bases in as many attempts.

Did you know? Junior catcher Deanna Menapace was recently named Big West Conference Player of the Week and became the first Aggie of the season to be awarded the honor.

For the week, Menapace set the pace offensively, batting .368 and driving in 12 RBI to help lead the Aggies to a 5-2 record.

Preview: The UC Davis softball team’s bats have been crackin’ as of late, and the same can be said for today’s opponent, Nevada.

The Wolf Pack has outscored their opponents 116-73 and have sent 18 softballs out of the yard this season.

They are led by center fielder Noelle Micka, who is batting .425 with 4 HRs, 16 RBI and a .658 slugging percentage from the two-spot. Designated hitter Britton Murdock, meanwhile, has also hit four home runs this season and leads the team with 17 RBI and 17 walks.

But there is more to the Wolf Pack than just offense.

The Nevada pitching has been solid as well, holding their opponents to a 2.14 ERA and a .249 batting average. In the last four games (all wins), the staff has held opponents to 1.5 runs per game.

The Wolf Pack’s wins leader so far this season is Katie Holverson, with seven wins and a 2.18 ERA with 69 strikeouts.

For the Aggies, pitching ace Jessica Hancock has 10 wins and 121 strikeouts in the same amount of appearances as Holverson.

UC Davis is coming off a 4-3 win against San Diego on Mar. 8 and a 5-4 victory over Utah on Mar. 9



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